April 2, 2006 - Now a full-fledged tornado and magnificent to behold against the golden backdrop, it strengthened rapidly, kicking up large amounts of dust and debris as it churned east-southeast toward Wynne.
A short time after this photo, the rear flank downdraft (RFD) finally pushed around the mesocyclone and kicked up massive amounts of dust. The monster became totally shrouded and obscured from vision as it approached the northern edge of the city.
As we were no longer able to view what has happening through the dust, we made our way back north to our main east/west highway and jogged east to our next south option. It was then the Wynne tornado revealed itself as a tall, thin, and sinewy tube breathing it's last breath and roping out into nothingness . . . only a puff of dust was left hanging in the air.
The storm cycled and produced another mesocyclone and tornado in short order to our east. The dying light from the setting sun gave the tornado a ghostly appeaance as we watched it move away from us and toward the Mississippi River. Eventually darkness set in and there was nothing more to see.
For seven full years before this day, I chased relentlessly in Arkansas with very little in the way of results. Sure, chasing in the plains had been good to me on many occasions, especially with days like Manchester and Mulvane, but my results in Arkansas were always a thorn in my side considering it's my home state. This day made up for all of that.
The Wynne, Arkansas tornado received an F3 rating on the Fujita scale due to the damage it produced as it moved through the north side of Wynne. Fortunately, there were no fatalities associated with the storm.
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