The explanation generally offered for the observed dehydration, heating and burning effects associated with tornadoes is based on either of two mechanisms. The first involves a hot wind while the second involves corona discharges sometimes called St. Elmos fire, while the smell of “brimstrone” often appears to be overlooked. An alternate explanation which could deal with both phenomena is obtained by assuming that a pulsed oscillatory “ring current” exists within the tornado cloud whose radiation field at large distances can be associated with the observed and measured tornado sferics and at close distances could be responsible for the observed heating effect along with the smell of burning “sulfur.”

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