After reviewing the nearly 100 photos I snapped during yesterday’s chase I have concluded the following:
(1) This was a tornado at 8:11 pm (my fourth in Virginia chasing). I should note that the visible condensation pieces were rotating around the central circulation while rising rapidly:
(2) The last 45 minutes of the chase was a funnel fest.
(a) Looking east from the Wilderness intersection at 8:05 pm:
(b) A later funnel from the same wall cloud as the tornado (8:16 pm):
(c) A funnel looking north off Catharpin Road at 8:47 pm (backlit by lightning):
All this was after we thought we’d already had a really good chase, staying ahead of a fascinating approaching convective line in Culpeper county! Not bad for a late July chase!