The sound it produces is terrifying. It sounds like a bunch of cars driving by at high speeds mixed with the roar of a tornado. From the motion and damage I really won’t be surprised if this tornado reached violent intensity at one point.Geez the SOUND! This thing was truly impressive.
I think one of the fatalities from this thing was a firefighter in his truck and both were found around a couple hundred yards or so from the road where they were tossed. What a way to go.New damage photographs from the 2018 Carr pyrotornado. They show mangled/shredded vehicles, uprooted, snapped or debarked trees, a home with all the cinder-blocks removed (probably by the wind) and scoured ground.
The firefighter's truck was rolled and dragged "only" 40-50 yards though other vehicles near the area where the transmission towers were destroyed were thrown hundreds of yards. The other fatalities from the tornado occurred when the walls of a home were blown out and the roof collapsed.I think one of the fatalities from this thing was a firefighter in his truck and both were found around a couple hundred yards or so from the road where they were tossed. What a way to go.
Well, here's a paper on this thing demonstrating evidence that it should be viewed as an actual tornado made of fire, not merely a powerful fire whirl.
The scour path is visible, here are some photographs of it. Note the contrast between the darker ground outside the tornado’s path and the lighter (scoured) ground within the tornado’s path.Are we positive that we’re looking at ground scouring in these photos, and not just exposed dusty ground that is typical for this geographical area? I’m skeptical.
With legitimate ground scouring, there is almost always a visible, linear swath of scoured ground among a surrounding area of unscoured ground, with a fairly sharp contour visible between the two when viewed from the air. I don’t see that here.
Extremely impressive tree damage there. Legitimate debarking for sure.I’ve done a bit more digging on the Eiler Fire tornado and now I’m convinced that is it one of the strongest tornadoes in West Coast history. The forest and ground damage is very intense, comparable to high-end tornadoes in Dixie and the Plains. These photographs show debarked trees, intense ground scouring and a buried culvert that was pulled up. This tornado traveled for 2 miles and had a max width of 1150 yards.
Photographs have come out of Grand Lake that was effected by the East Troublesome Fire showing a mass blowdown of trees. Radar data at the time showed strong rotation within the pyroCb leading to some fire behavior experts speculating that a pyrotornado occurred.
Aerial imagery from the Catastrophic Map Viewer gives further insight into the event. In the Sun Valley Ranch neighborhood intense tornadic winds flipped over cars, uprooted/snapped many trees and blew sheet metal away from structures, and wrapped it around fallen trees.Incredible! That first pic of the ridge almost completely deforested is clearly tornado damage.