On Tuesday I posted a non-tornado photo from just east of Roanoke near Explore Park — scud clouds being pushed along a ridgetop by outflow winds. Danny Vinson e-mailed me a photo of something similar today at Blacksburg, taken by his-co-worker Ross Spoon. This, too, has a tornado-ish appearance, but is really steamy scud clouds lifting upward toward a somewhat lowered cloud base. No rotation, just sort of a “funnel.”
While no tornadoes have been reported in today’s storms, there has been some wind damage and street flooding in Franklin County, which experienced a strong thunderstorm this afternoon. With tropical moisture firmly in place, daytime heating and some upper-level disturbances preceding a rather strong cold front on Friday, additional thunderstorms will be likely intermittently over the next 48 hours. Locally flooding rain will be the biggest threat, but some high winds can’t be ruled out.