All storm systems eventually come to an end, and tornadoes are no exception. There are actually quite a few different ways in which a tornado can stop causing damage (like, for example, simply lifting the funnel cloud off the ground). However, one of the more dramatic and photogenic ways that a tornado can end is by going through its “rope stage”. As the name implies, a tornado gets very long and narrow during this final stage of development before finally breaking up completely. On today’s episode of Weather Break, we talk about the rope stage of tornadoes, and don’t forget to visit our website to see galleries of pictures of tornadoes in their rope stage.
Here is a collection of videos about the rope stage of tornadoes.
Here is a gallery of images from the Spencer, SD tornado, including (towards the bottom of the page) examples of the storm in its rope stage.
There are lots of truly amazing pictures of rope stage tornadoes on the internet. Perhaps the best that we can do is show you this Google Image Search on the term “rope stage tornado”. Some of these images are incredible.