Sunday, April 8, 2012

NASA satellite captures hugely powerful Texas tornado in 3D that shows storm spanned EIGHT MILES into sky

NASA has revealed stunning 3D images of the 14 confirmed tornadoes that devastated parts of Texas last week.

The images reveal hugely powerful thunderstorms more than eight miles high were responsible for levelling several neighbourhoods to the ground.

The ‘swarm’ of tornadoes destroyed hundreds of homes, ripping apart buildings and throwing trucks into the air.

The National Weather Service initially received reports of 18 tornadoes, but the agency has now confirmed that 14 tornadoes touched down, ranging in strength from an EF-0 tornado on the tornado damage scale- which typically does negligible damage – to an EF-3 tornado which has winds of 150 mph (240 kph).

The latest images were taken using NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite, which shows thunderstorms in three dimensions and reveals the heights of the thunderclouds and the rainfall rates coming from them, both of which indicate severity.

Taken around 8:30pm local time, they show a line of severe thunderstorms stretching from northeast Texas to Arkansas. Read More