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  • Tornado in Hamburg!

    Guys, I'm still a bit hyped about what has just happened here in front of my house: Wheater service said there would be severe thunderstorms. No big deal, we always have them I thought. And while watching TV, I saw the storm coming in, with lightning and stuff. Still no big deal. But things started to be worth when I suddenly saw that the trees outside the window were bending at an angle of 45°! Next thing there is a load bang, and seconds later my dad is coming in and telling me that 3 or 4 trees had been ripped out of the ground and lay across the street. And all of them were within an area of some 20 squaremeters, one of them being a 180ft tall beech. And notably, all damage was within an area of less than 50m². Looking just a bit down the road everything was fine there. And it all happened within less than 1 minute. I wish I could provide pics of the damage, but I had to realise that the flash on my cam doesn't work at all. I hope I can take some pics tomorrow.
    And here I always thought that I would only experience a tornado in the US...


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    While twisters are much common in the N.American mid-west, there are the occasional reports of these storms in Europe. Belgium had an F-5 (the most powerful on the Fujita scale) in 1967. France, because of it's geography is probably the largest recipiant of European twisters but storms have been reported as far north as Sweden.

    Aldo

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    • #3
      might also have been a microburst. it does everything a tornado does in a smaller scale, except a microbust doesnt take the form of a funnel, it is just a huge blast of wind. which sounds more like what it is. i wouldnt call it a tornado until your weatherservice has confirmed it
      Alex
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      • #4
        Whoah...i followed all that on www.wetteronline.de , we had that over my house at 1700, starting with light rain and this:

        and approx. 30 minutes later Hail as large as Marbles

        Never seen them bigger
        and all the way till 2100 with Heavy thunder and rain....what an experience

        P.S. Sorry for bad Quality....
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        • #5
          I remember reading in the Guiness Book of Records that the UK is the country with the most tornadoes per square mile due to its small size.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by AA_MD-80@STL
            might also have been a microburst. it does everything a tornado does in a smaller scale, except a microbust doesnt take the form of a funnel, it is just a huge blast of wind. which sounds more like what it is. i wouldnt call it a tornado until your weatherservice has confirmed it
            Alex
            Does a microburst have the power to just rip 4 large and healthy trees out of the ground? I know microbursts can be powerful, but the scenario seems a bit much for one.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by DAL767-400ER
              Does a microburst have the power to just rip 4 large and healthy trees out of the ground? I know microbursts can be powerful, but the scenario seems a bit much for one.
              possibly...we had 5 trees ripped out and knocked over and we all thought it was a tornado but the weather guy said it was a microburst. i told you, the microburst does the same things as a tornado, in a smaller scale and doesnt take the shape of a funnel. im sure it could have been tornado, not doubting you,m just saying iv heard every day DUDE I SAW A TORNADO when it was actually a microburst. but anyway...
              Alex
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              • #8
                Originally posted by DAL767-400ER
                Does a microburst have the power to just rip 4 large and healthy trees out of the ground? I know microbursts can be powerful, but the scenario seems a bit much for one.
                I believe so, we had a major storm up here some years ago. There is a park called Stratham Hill. There were a bunch of trees that were just sheared in half about 20ft up. People said they saw a funnel cloud, but the weather service just called it mircoburst

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by DAL767-400ER
                  Does a microburst have the power to just rip 4 large and healthy trees out of the ground? I know microbursts can be powerful, but the scenario seems a bit much for one.
                  Yes. We had one pretty much level an entire forest here a few years ago. Lots of power lost and homes destroyed/severely damaged as well.

                  Doesn't matter what it was, glad that you all are ok. Must have been pretty exciting!
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                  • #10
                    Man, I must say I totally underestimated the power a microburst could have. Thanks for the info guys . Anyway, managed to take some pictures today, obviously after the firefighters had stopped their chainsaws :
                    First, a view down the street to the east, everything is fine:

                    A view to the west, with some debris on the ground, but nothing in the distance:
                    And so it begins (panoramic view of what used to be 3 large green trees:


                    What's left of the big ole' tree:

                    And the two other trees:


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                    • #11
                      Interesting photos, thanks for showing. And you didn't lose power after all of this?
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by herpa2003
                        And you didn't lose power after all of this?
                        No, no power loss at all. The only problems that we were having was that our TV screen went from good quality to snow to black . And it really looks like it only happened right here. My father drove to a friend outside the west of Hamburg, and he could not see any debris or damage anywhere else, and that is on a 10km-drive!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by MaDbOy
                          Whoah...i followed all that on www.wetteronline.de , we had that over my house at 1700, starting with light rain and this:

                          and approx. 30 minutes later Hail as large as Marbles

                          Never seen them bigger
                          and all the way till 2100 with Heavy thunder and rain....what an experience

                          P.S. Sorry for bad Quality....
                          Look like normal weather in MAN that...

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                          • #14
                            I'm not sure normal weather in MAN kills two people well, one of them was killed in Germany, riding a motorbike(!), I'm not sure about the other one... what the heck would you be doing out on a motor bike in that kind of weather anyway?!

                            The same thunderstorm got up to us in Denmark last night too, but we "only" got floodings.

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