Was It A Tornado Over A NJ High School Graduation?

CREDIT: Matthew R Blanchard


By:  Mike Masco

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A severe thunderstorm moved through a small New Jersey town Thursday night as seniors at Absegami High School attended their graduation ceremony in Galloway Township.  Matthew Blanchard caught this video on his cell phone while attending the ceremony.  


Was this an actual tornado?

The video clearly shows the families were witnessing what is called a non wall cloud or pedestal cloud.  

This type of cloud  forms when the base of a storm cloud extends towards the surface of the ground. A wall cloud is in the area of the strongest updraft. If there was rotation, a tornado could likely have formed, but since there was no rotation in the storm, there was no chance for a tornado.


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