Huge twister spotted over Buncrana
A TWISTER measuring
more than 1,000 metres in height was recorded
today in Inishowen.
Lecturer John O'Raw and his daughter Niamh were in
their garden at Umricam near Buncrana when they
spotted the tornado travelling over Sliabh Sneact
mountain at 11.30am.
"Niamh and I were outside washing the garden walls
and when we looked around, we were faced with this
pretty amazing sight.
The twister as it travels over Sliabh
Sneacht heading south towards the Illies.
"The twister was about
two kilometres away from us and it was heading
south. Sliabh Sneacht is over 600 metres in height
so the tornado must have been going up to over a
Mr O'Raw, who teaches computer science at
Letterkenny Institute of Technology, was among the
party who videoed the Orca whales off the coast of
Co Donegal last week.
Niamh O'Raw (14) who snapped the
twister from her garden at Umricam.
He is also a volunteer
with the Seismology in Schools project that records
earthquakes including the sizeable one off Co Mayo
"We've had a pretty exciting time. We had a transit
of Venus on the same day as we got the footage of
the killer whales. We then had an earthquake off
Mayo, there was another tornado recorded near Inch
island last week and now this tornado. It is a very
interesting time for local scientists." Our picture,
taken by Niamh (14) shows the twister as it moves
southwards over Sliabh Sneacht towards the Illies.