A funnel cloud prompted a brief tornado warning in Cheyenne on Wednesday.
A view of Wednesday's funnel cloud from I-80, West of Cheyenne.
Credit Aaron Schrank/WPR
The National Weather Service sounded the alarm at about 2 p.m., soon after the funnel dropped down from a small thunderstorm in the high country west of town. Minutes later, the funnel dissipated without touching down - though not before several people snapped photos of the twister and posted the images online. The storm caused nothing worse than some light rain in the capital city. Sheriff's officials say no damage was reported.
A group of 8th graders from Wheatland Middle School who built a tornado shelter for a school competition won the top national prize for their efforts last week.
Haiden Moody, Christian Moody, Joey Madsen and Jacob Stafford spent the past few months engineering a tornado safety shelter converted from an old set of school lockers. It was part of a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math competition put on by the U.S. Army called eCYBERMISSION.
A tornado that touched down on Casper Mountain Friday afternoon caught forecasters by surprise. Trevor LaVoie, with the National Weather Service, says the storm systems moving through Natrona County today didn’t show any signs of producing tornadoes.
“These types of storms are more general thunderstorms in nature," LaVoie says. "We’re not really seeing a lot of heavy rain, they’re short-lived, and their depth is relatively shallow. They’re only about 15,000 feet thick.”
The tornado wasn’t visible on radar, but it was reported by numerous observers.
Storms have brought a tornado and 2-inch hail to Wyoming in another day of severe weather.
The National Weather Service says that a tornado touched down briefly near Wheatland. Emergency responders in Platte County say there are reports that 3 homes were severely damaged and several other reports of property damage. Several power lines were also knocked down.