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Gust_Front_Vortice.jpg

Location:
South of Minot, North Dakota
Description:
This is an image of a rotating column of dust and debris created by strong wind at the leading edge of a storm. I estimate that it was about four or five miles away from me when a took the photograph, with the rotating dust field being between 1/4 and 1/2 mile in diameter. This rotating dust cloud continued to travel at the leading edge of the storm for at least 10 miles and at times the dust column reached many hundreds of feet in height. I have often seen these dust vortices on the front of storms, but none this large. They are NOT tornadoes however people often mistakenly report them as tornadoes. Some storm spotters refer to these leading edge vortices as "gustnadoes." This one was photographed south of Minot on June 3, 2006.
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Paul L Meisel
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