the lone tornado producer." In fact, the storm that Comments on "Anomalous Cloud-to-Ground caused the lightning in southwestern Ontario, Canada Lightning in an F5 Tornado-producin g Super- (predominantlynegaf/VeCGflashes),andthencrossed cell Thunderstorm on 28 August 1990" Lake Erie produced a strong (F3) tornado that was on the ground for about 20 min and devastated the small In his very interesting presentation of the cloud-to- town of Frome, Ontario. This storm was almost cer- ground (CG) lightning characteristics of the storm of 28 tainly a supercell (B. Murphy 1993, personal commu- August 1990 that devastated Plainfield, Illinois, Seimon nication), and produced another tornado (rated F2). (1993, hereafter S93) has arrived at some interpreta- We shall return to this storm later, but for the moment, tions of the events with which we want to take issue. it suffices to note that the Plainfield storm was nof the We believe that the Plainfield storm event may be less lone tornadic storm, and it is of significance to note that anomalous than Seimon has indicated and we shall the Canadian storm's CG lightning activity is not endeavor to present ideas that might illuminate the markedly different from other storms of that day and events of
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Nov 1, 1993
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