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05-05-2007, 01:57 PM
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I know what a wedge tornado is but I am confused on what a sattelite tornado is. Are they the same or different, can someone explain?

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05-05-2007, 04:57 PM
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I think it is a smaller, weaker tornado that forms very near a large, stronger one; both originate from the same mesocyclonic storm. It dances around the larger funnel. Is that right?

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05-05-2007, 05:01 PM
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That is my understanding, but that doesn't mean it's correct :wink:
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05-06-2007, 09:05 AM
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Oh ok Thanx ya'll

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05-06-2007, 09:48 AM
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If anybody can find an article or anything can you post it or the link here please. I been looking and can't seem to find anything. But I think you are both right Jaz and Stormspinner.

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05-06-2007, 03:10 PM
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Whew!! I found it finally....

What is a "satellite" tornado? Is it a kind of multivortex tornado? No. There are important distinctions between satellite and multiple-vortex tornadoes. A satellite tornado develops independently from the primary tornado -- not inside it as does a suction vortex. The tornadoes remain separate and distinct as the satellite tornado orbits its much larger companion within the same mesocyclone. Their cause is unknown; but they seem to form most often in the vicinity of exceptionally large and intense tornadoes.
http://www.spc.noaa.gov/faq/tornado/#satellite_tornado1

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