SNOWNADO??!!February 11th, 2014 at 11:01 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
Click the images to enlarge. The first two pictures were stills from our WOOD/GVSU skycams in Allendale (left) and Grand Rapids (center). No, it’s not a dreaded SNOWNADO spinning out angry polar bears. It’s the steam cloud rising from the Port Sheldon Power Plant. The clearing line was perfectly placed to make this look like a tornado. It’s about 26 miles west from G.R. to Port Sheldon, so we have a nice view from a good distance away. With our latest skycams now in Allendale, Jenison, Holland (Boatwerks) and in downtown G.R., we’ve got a good eye on storms coming in thru Ottawa County toward G.R. The picture on the right is my favorite local “scary, but harmless” cloud. This was taken by Derek DeLange of Rockford…an ominous shelf cloud that looks like a massive approaching tornado. Neither this cloud, nor the steam cloud from Port Sheldon was rotating. Remember, if it’s not rotating (at least 40 mph), it’s not dangerous. If you’ve got a minute, check out the pics. at The Scary-Looking Cloud Club!