Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Wacky Weather: Rare Red Tornado, Narrow Escape from Flooded Car

Some wacky weather provided some unusual videos last week.

This rare red Colorado tornado is one of four tornadoes that touched down near Denver at the start of the Democratic National Convention. This one was captured on film near Parker, Colorado.

The geological nature of the Rocky Mountains inhibit the formation of many tornadoes, although other parts of Colorado frequently receive their fair share of twisters.

The red twister arrived a day after a rare tornado touched down in the mountains west of Denver. That tornado tossed campers around and slightly injured four people at Witcher Cove Campground, The Denver Post reported.

"I've never seen anything like it," Park County Coroner Sharon Morris told the newspaper. "And I've been here 25 years."

The red Colorado soil plus the length of time the twister remained in the same area made for an unusual video:

In Apache Junction, Arizona, flood waters tripped up the motorist in the next video and almost dragged her and the child with her under water.

For some unexplained reason, this woman drove her car right into the flood waters, endangering a small child in the process. A couple good Samaritans aided in their dramatic rescue.

The woman and child were very, very lucky. That car almost completely submerged just before it hit the bridge. The weight of the engine was pulling the vehicle down into the water, but the back end was held up, perhaps because it was lighter than the front. This might well have ended tragically.

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