APOD: Tornado and Rainbow Over Kansas (2014 Nov 23)

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APOD: Tornado and Rainbow Over Kansas (2014 Nov 23)

Post by APOD Robot » Sun Nov 23, 2014 5:10 am

Image Tornado and Rainbow Over Kansas

Explanation: The scene might have been considered serene if it weren't for the tornado. During 2004 in Kansas, storm chaser Eric Nguyen photographed this budding twister in a different light -- the light of a rainbow. Featured here, a white tornado cloud descends from a dark storm cloud. The Sun, peeking through a clear patch of sky to the left, illuminates some buildings in the foreground. Sunlight reflects off raindrops to form a rainbow. By coincidence, the tornado appears to end right over the rainbow. Streaks in the image are hail being swept about by the high swirling winds. Over 1,000 tornadoes, the most violent type of storm known, occur on Earth every year, many in tornado alley. If you see a tornado while driving, do not try to outrun it -- park your car safely, go to a storm cellar, or crouch under steps in a basement.

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Re: APOD: Tornado and Rainbow Over Kansas (2014 Nov 23)

Post by Nitpicker » Sun Nov 23, 2014 11:16 am

Thank you for repeating this, as I'd not seen it before. What a fantastic image! Best regards from Oz.

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Re: APOD: Tornado and Rainbow Over Kansas (2014 Nov 23)

Post by Joules » Sun Nov 23, 2014 11:20 am

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Re: APOD: Tornado and Rainbow Over Kansas (2014 Nov 23)

Post by geckzilla » Sun Nov 23, 2014 11:22 am

Nitpicker wrote:Thank you for repeating this, as I'd not seen it before. What an fantastic image! Best regards from Oz.
I think this is at least the third time I've seen it. It was tempting to write a snarky comment about the photo becoming hackneyed but just looking at the responses on Facebook and yours here it's clear that boundary has not yet been crossed for most APODers.
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Re: APOD: Tornado and Rainbow Over Kansas (2014 Nov 23)

Post by fastartcee » Sun Nov 23, 2014 4:34 pm

A very pretty picture to be sure, but how is it related to astronomy? If anyone wants to see wonderful photographs, there are hundreds of good photography sites; I'd prefer that APOD stick with astronomy.

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Re: APOD: Tornado and Rainbow Over Kansas (2014 Nov 23)

Post by Chris Peterson » Sun Nov 23, 2014 4:41 pm

fastartcee wrote:A very pretty picture to be sure, but how is it related to astronomy? If anyone wants to see wonderful photographs, there are hundreds of good photography sites; I'd prefer that APOD stick with astronomy.
It is related to astronomy by virtue of the fact that it was chosen by an astronomer. And that's all that APOD requires.
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Re: APOD: Tornado and Rainbow Over Kansas (2014 Nov 23)

Post by Boomer12k » Sun Nov 23, 2014 7:38 pm

Dibs on the POT OF GOLD!!!!

OOOO....I'm gonna be RICH!!!

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Re: APOD: Tornado and Rainbow Over Kansas (2014 Nov 23)

Post by Chris Peterson » Sun Nov 23, 2014 7:45 pm

Boomer12k wrote:Dibs on the POT OF GOLD!!!!

OOOO....I'm gonna be RICH!!!*
Or dead.
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Re: APOD: Tornado and Rainbow Over Kansas (2014 Nov 23)

Post by LocalColor » Sun Nov 23, 2014 7:52 pm

Very interesting photo and glad you shared it again. I wonder if Jupiter and/or Saturn have tornados?

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Re: APOD: Tornado and Rainbow Over Kansas (2014 Nov 23)

Post by eLarge » Sun Nov 23, 2014 8:22 pm

Interesting that no one has noticed the damage. Upon close inspection, the tornado (probably a strong EF-1) appears to have made a direct hit on the house. The roof is gone on the right, and the center of the house appears to have collapsed. There appears to be a good bit of damage to the trees, as well. :shock:

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Re: APOD: Tornado and Rainbow Over Kansas (2014 Nov 23)

Post by Chris Peterson » Sun Nov 23, 2014 8:55 pm

eLarge wrote:Interesting that no one has noticed the damage. Upon close inspection, the tornado (probably a strong EF-1) appears to have made a direct hit on the house. The roof is gone on the right, and the center of the house appears to have collapsed. There appears to be a good bit of damage to the trees, as well. :shock:
I'm not convinced there's any damage visible here.
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Re: APOD: Tornado and Rainbow Over Kansas (2014 Nov 23)

Post by geckzilla » Sun Nov 23, 2014 9:46 pm

Chris Peterson wrote:
eLarge wrote:Interesting that no one has noticed the damage. Upon close inspection, the tornado (probably a strong EF-1) appears to have made a direct hit on the house. The roof is gone on the right, and the center of the house appears to have collapsed. There appears to be a good bit of damage to the trees, as well. :shock:
I'm not convinced there's any damage visible here.
I can see several downed trees for sure and what looks like a torn up fence. It's hard to say anything about the other structures, though.
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Re: APOD: Tornado and Rainbow Over Kansas (2014 Nov 23)

Post by Chris Peterson » Sun Nov 23, 2014 10:22 pm

geckzilla wrote:I can see several downed trees for sure and what looks like a torn up fence. It's hard to say anything about the other structures, though.
I'm not at all convinced there is any damaged vegetation here. And in the image taken right after, there's virtually no debris in the road. I don't think the winds got extraordinarily high at this location.
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Re: APOD: Tornado and Rainbow Over Kansas (2014 Nov 23)

Post by geckzilla » Sun Nov 23, 2014 10:24 pm

Fair enough... if one wants to see Martian canals one will see Martian canals.
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Re: APOD: Tornado and Rainbow Over Kansas (2014 Nov 23)

Post by alter-ego » Mon Nov 24, 2014 3:33 am

Chris Peterson wrote:
geckzilla wrote:I can see several downed trees for sure and what looks like a torn up fence. It's hard to say anything about the other structures, though.
I'm not at all convinced there is any damaged vegetation here. And in the image taken right after, there's virtually no debris in the road. I don't think the winds got extraordinarily high at this location.
If you dig into Eric's pictures and report, the image sequence surrounding this APOD is more telling. The adjacent picture lacking debris, I believe you're referring to, was taken at 7:32pm. Eric annotates that picture: "Damage path as the tornado continued towards the southeast." The APOD was taken ~2 minutes later. A 6-image sequence between 7:32pm and 7:34pm does reveal definite damage and debris in the field area and landing in trees like ornaments. In the APOD there also does appear to be lines down, e.g. the pair originating from the service pole behind a tree, and laying the trees and fence. I agree there is some question about definitive damage in the APOD, but the additional pictures + annotation provide convincing evidence of damaging winds occurring in this area, and probably at the APOD location.
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Re: APOD: Tornado and Rainbow Over Kansas (2014 Nov 23)

Post by mtbdudex » Mon Nov 24, 2014 11:19 am

I may be in my 50's but thought this looked familiar....and posted just 3 years ago, that's kinda short turnaround for repeating, no?
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap110814.html
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Re: APOD: Tornado and Rainbow Over Kansas (2014 Nov 23)

Post by Joules » Mon Nov 24, 2014 1:17 pm

mtbdudex wrote:I may be in my 50's but thought this looked familiar....and posted just 3 years ago, that's kinda short turnaround for repeating, no?
Do a search on "speeding". APOD'S been CMB Dipole: Speeding Through the Universe ten times, and worth it every time.

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Re: APOD: Tornado and Rainbow Over Kansas (2014 Nov 23)

Post by mtbdudex » Mon Nov 24, 2014 7:59 pm

Joules wrote:
mtbdudex wrote:I may be in my 50's but thought this looked familiar....and posted just 3 years ago, that's kinda short turnaround for repeating, no?
Do a search on "speeding". APOD'S been CMB Dipole: Speeding Through the Universe ten times, and worth it every time.
Hey - I remember 55mph national speed limit, paying $0.59 for premium lead gas octane, pizza 3 slices for $1 ..... guess anything is possible :mrgreen:
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Re: APOD: Tornado and Rainbow Over Kansas (2014 Nov 23)

Post by bystander » Mon Nov 24, 2014 8:46 pm

mtbdudex wrote:I may be in my 50's but thought this looked familiar....and posted just 3 years ago, that's kinda short turnaround for repeating, no?
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap110814.html
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http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap050613.html
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap060702.html

http://asterisk.apod.com/viewtopic.php?t=3711
http://asterisk.apod.com/viewtopic.php?t=24882
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Re: APOD: Tornado and Rainbow Over Kansas (2014 Nov 23)

Post by mtbdudex » Wed Nov 26, 2014 10:47 am

bystander wrote:
mtbdudex wrote:I may be in my 50's but thought this looked familiar....and posted just 3 years ago, that's kinda short turnaround for repeating, no?
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap110814.html
Astronomy Picture of the Day
2011 August 14
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap050613.html
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap060702.html

http://asterisk.apod.com/viewtopic.php?t=3711
http://asterisk.apod.com/viewtopic.php?t=24882
Well then 1 original post and 3 repeats, 4 times being APOD in total, is that an APOD record??
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Re: APOD: Tornado and Rainbow Over Kansas (2014 Nov 23)

Post by geckzilla » Wed Nov 26, 2014 10:58 am

mtbdudex wrote:Well then 1 original post and 3 repeats, 4 times being APOD in total, is that an APOD record??
Not even close. I don't know which APOD is the most often repeated (Depends on if you want to only count it when the image AND description are the same, descriptions alone are more rehashed than images) but if you scroll up to Joules's post, the CMB Dipole has indeed been posted ten times.
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