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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Paducah, KY
451 PM CDT FRI JUL 15 2016

...Isolated Landspouts may still be possible this afternoon...

There have been a few reports of landspouts in the Delta region of
of Southeast Missouri, namely in New Madrid County Missouri today.
No damage was reported with these unique weather phenomena.

Landspouts usually appear to the eye as very narrow, rope-like
tornadoes coming out of a rather benign cumulus or towering
cumulus clouds. Scientifically, it is a condensation funnel,
resembling a tube reaching from the base of the cloud to the
ground and is not associated with a wall cloud. They are usually
very short-lived and weak. Rarely, landspouts can produce some
minor damage.

Landspouts are NOT associated with supercell thunderstorms, which
are capable of producing deeper and more sustained rotation of air
parcels within a storm that yield a greater threat of severe

Although thought of as a weather phenomena of in the High Plains
of the United States, Landspouts periodically occur in the
Southern Plains and Mississippi Valley. They are more common
during the Spring and Summer months when there is extremely moist
and unstable air near the surface and changes in wind direction
and speed much higher in the atmosphere and are more subtle and

Around the Quad State region, the most likely location to see
landspouts is in the the Mississippi Delta region, such as in
parts of Southeast Missouri. These areas usually have a ready
reservoir of much deeper, warm and moist air near the ground.

Interestingly, the formation of landspouts can occur even before
any precipitation is observed or detected by radar. This makes it
difficult for even the most sophisticated radar systems to detect
these short-lived phenomena.

Sometimes, landspouts may develop on the leading edge of an
outflow of cold air that descend from thunderstorms, called a
gust front. A gust front is usually noticeable by a sharp
increase in winds and slightly cooler air that comes from a
thunderstorm. Any observable circulations seen to develop from
clouds that develop on the gust front are commonly referred to as

Meteorologists continue to research methods to diagnose and
forecast the existence of landspouts. Their occurrence is more
common along the leading edge of bow echoes or near intersecting
outflows from nearby thunderstorms, typical of warm season weather
systems in the United States.


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