Watch Landspout Carry Oklahoma Glider Pilot in Scary Video
An Oklahoma glider pilot got up close and personal with a weather phenomena this past weekend, a landspout, the cousin of a tornado. Just watching the video freaked me out yet this dude seemed super calm about it. I'm gonna give this video a whole bunch of "no," however.
David Evans is an experienced pilot. He has been flying for about 30 years. Evans decided to take his glider out for a flight this past Sunday. The forecast did not call for thunderstorms so tornadoes would certainly be out of the question. What Evans ended up encountering was a swirl of wind that reached up into the a cloud formation and turned into a small funnel cloud.
Technically, this did become a tornado, albeit a very weak one with winds less than 75 miles per hour, as circulation did reach the ground as seen in this video captured by Judy Curry.
So what exactly is a landspout? We know that a tornado begins spinning horizontally inside a thunderstorm then drops down out of the storm cloud. But a landspout actually forms on the ground that can spin up into a cloud. Think about a dust devil that becomes tall enough to reach a cloud causing the water vapor to spin and make it look like a tornado. A landspout is most likely to form ahead of a thunderstorm.
This video does a great job of explaining this weather phenomena.
This just further proves how fascinating and powerful Mother Nature truly is. All we can do is stand in awe of what she can create.