1) The tornado that devastated La Plata, Maryland tracks through
southern Calvert County.
The La Plata Tornado damaged or destroyed 860 homes and 194 businesses in Southern
2) Aerial view of the supercell thunderstorm that produced the La Plata
The bulging dome of clouds extending above the supercell's flat,
anvil top (called an overshooting top) is caused by a very intense updraft. At
the time this photo was taken the supercell was producing the La Plata Tornado, estimated
to be at F2/F3 strength and was also dropping baseball-sized hail.
3) A large tornado spins on the Chesapeake Bay southeast of Long Beach,
St. Leonard, Maryland. The tornado was estimated to be two miles
from shoreline at the time of this photograph. This tornado was part of the
storm that moved through La Plata.
Photo Credit: Ted L. Dutcher
4) Twin tornadoes race across the Chesapeake Bay away from Long Beach,
St. Leonard, Maryland. This photograph was taken facing due east. These
tornadoes were part of the storm that moved through La Plata.
Photo Credit: Gail Siegel
5) Lightning illuminates the tornado funnel in Calvert County.
The tornado stayed on the ground for nearly 70 miles as it sped
through Charles and Calvert Counties.
6) The path of the La Plata tornado is clearly visible from this satellite
Trees, vegetation, and buildings have been destroyed or disturbed along
the immediate path.
Credit: NOAA and NASA
7) GOES-8 visible image of the supercell thunderstorm that was producing the tornado
over La Plata, Maryland.
Credit:GOES Project, NASA-GSFC
8) A hook echo appears on WJLA's Dopplar radar, indicating the La Plata
The fishhook shape is caused as precipitation is wrapped in the intense
Image Credit: WJLA
9) Baseball-sized hail that fell near Hughesville, Maryland.
Hail this large will reach speeds of over 100 mph as it falls
to the ground. This hail was associated with the storm that moved
through La Plata.