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TORNADOES OF 2018 - Extreme Weather Documentary

  • TORNADOES OF 2018 - Extreme Weather Documentary


    Documentary about Tornado Alley weather in 2018. The best of tornadoes, landspout tornadoes, lightning and spectacular storms caught on camera from South Texas to South Dakota including behind the scenes wildlife & wackiness.

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    2018 Tornado Statistics:

    It seemed the theme for 2018 was gnarly, tornado warned storms, reluctant to drop tornadoes. It was a less active year with 991 confirmed tornadoes reported in the US. That's more than 200 less than the annual average of around 1250.

    With only 10 reported deaths, 2018 also had the lowest number of tornado-related fatalities on record in the United States. This is the lowest amount since records began in 1875.

    2018 also reported an absence of incredibly violent tornadoes. This is the first year since records began in 1950 that a F/ EF4 or F/ EF5 tornado was not rated anywhere in the U.S.
    *One EF4 was rated in Canada on August 3rd near Alonsa Manitoba.

    Despite a lackluster year for tornado aficionados, there was no shortage of beautiful storm structures and epic lightning. In fact, 2018 is my best year ever for lightning captures since beginning around 1995. One of the highlights of the year was in the AM hours of June 25th. I followed an MCS across Kansas and captured several clusters of multiple leaders leaping up from wind turbines into the clouds. Also know as upward-moving lightning or ground-to-cloud lightning, these upward moving clusters numbered from 6 to 14 leaders upward moving leaders at a time. The discharges appear simultaneous on high speed video with a frame rate of 240 / second, however higher speed video might eventually reveal separations in these clustered discharges.

    Storm Facts & Information:

    How can you tell the difference between positive and negative lightning?

    Positive lightning typically originates higher in the storm and flash durations tend to exist longer than less powerful negative strikes. Negative lightning flashes tend to be quicker and with multiple flickers or strokes. This is a good basis for distinguishing the two, however not fool proof.

    Is a landspout a tornado? What is the difference?

    Yes, landspouts are tornadoes. Landspouts are like waterspouts but form over land. These tornadoes do not develop from supercell mesocyclones, rather low level vorticity colocated under a stretching storm updraft. They tend to be weaker (on the EF0 to EF1 range) but can still pack all the beauty.

    Storm Video, photography and editing by Pecos Hank LLC. Copyright 2019
    Additional licensed video of the June 28th Capitol MT tornadoes by Evan Ludes
    Additional licensed video of the May 1st Kansas tornado by Blake Brown

    Angle's Serenade by Southern Backtones
    Won't Pray Adagio by Southern Backtones
    El Reno Blues by Pecos Hank
    Monster Show (instrumental) by Pecos Hank
    March of the Serpents by Pecos Hank
    Slumber Party Adagio by Southern Backtones
    Glamorous Adagio by Southern Backtones

    *Music Score / guitar noodling by Pecos Hank

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  • December Tornadoes Target Illinois


    A storm chase, start to finish, with five tornadoes in between. This video documents the tornado outbreak of December 1, 2018 across west central Illinois including the Bluffs, IL EF0; Beardstown, IL EF1; Bath, IL EF0; Havana/Lewistown EF1; and Easton EF1.

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  • TORNADOES of 2017 - Adventure in Tornado Alley


    A season in Tornado Alley capturing tornado videos, lightning, supercells and the occasional horny toad. I witnessed 14 tornadoes, saw a lot of beautiful storm structure and extraordinary lightning. For licensing 4k storm video contact

    In 2017, roughly 1400 tornadoes touched down in the United States. 14 of those tornadoes were deadly and only 3 of those tornadoes were in Tornado Alley. The tornado season came early this year and by January 23, there were 20 tornado related fatalities... Already more than the previous years totals. Though it was active year, many storm chasers considered 2017 a mediocre year in regards to photogenic tornado activity. Many tornado outbreaks occurred at night and were displaced outside Tornado Alley making them difficult to chase.

    January 16 Houston TX tornadoes.
    Early in the morning a couple weak tornadoes traversed Houston Texas during morning rush hour causing EF0 damage.

    March 26 Ada Oklahoma funnel clouds.
    Several funnel clouds loomed over Ada Oklahoma. A couple caused brief spin ups of dust.

    March 28 Texas tornadoes.
    A couple small tornadoes occurred near Abilene Texas with a photogenic cone topping off the event. Large hail and strong wind accompanied dramatic lightning ripping across the sky.

    April 29, Canton Texas tornadoes.
    Training supercells riding up a stalled boundary would drop tornadoes one after another in the Eustice and Canton Texas vicinity. The main events were a large EF4 tracking just west of Canton and a large EF3 tracking just east of Canton and striking the community of Fruitvale Texas.

    May 9, Cochran County Texas brief tornado.
    1 possible tornado and one confirmed brief rope tornado occurred after sunset.

    May 16 McClean Texas and Elk City Oklahoma tornadoes
    The first tube touched down and decayed near McClean Texas and another EF2 would strike Elk City Oklahoma

    May 18, Chester Oklahoma tornadoes.
    On a high risk day, a cyclical supercell would drop a few tornadoes near Chester Oklahoma.

    Angel's Serenade by Southern Backtones
    Won't Pray Adagio by Southern Backtones
    La Malediction de la Danse du Poulet by Pecos Hank
    Slumber Party Adagio by Southern Backtones

    All Video Copyright Hank Schyma 2017

  • TORNADOES OF 2019 - The Endless Storm Season


    Thrilling tornado documentary from the 2019 tornado Alley storm chasing season and other storms across the globe. Adventurer Pecos Hank follows weather patterns around the world on a quest for the Endless Storm Season.
    2019 was the fourth most active year on record in the United States with 1502 confirmed tornadoes.



    In 2019, 1502 tornadoes were tallied in the United states. The fourth most active year on record. With those, there were 42 tornado-related fatalities. May 17th marked the beginning of a historic widespread and prolonged severe weather outbreak. For the first time in the Storm Prediction Center’s history a threat of severe weather was introduced for their entire 8 day outlook (on 14 May 2019). On May 30th the historic tornado streak in the US ended. The previous 13 days all recorded at least 8 tornadoes. In less than 2 weeks, 391 tornadoes were confirmed including 18 EF3s and 2 EF4s.

    Headed by Dr. Anton Seimon, a team of storm chasers including Dr. Tracie Seimon, Skip Talbot, Jennifer Brindley Ulb and Hank Schyma began field operations in Tornado Alley with the objective of gathering near-surface wind field data around tornadoes. On May 28th, the team hit the jackpot near Tipton Kansas. That morning the SPC outlined a moderate risk of severe weather with a 10% significant tornado threat in the northeastern Kansas vicinity. Skip Talbot and Dr. Anton Seimon made a tough call to chase further west in the lesser 5% outlook with intentions of avoiding messy high precipitation storm modes and thick chaser traffic. This decision paid off as the team documented multiple highly visible tornadoes, including an up close encounter with a strengthening tornado.

    The data the team collected is currently being processed by Dr. John Allen and his students at Central Michigan University to create a model of 3-dimensional particle motions close to the surface as the tornado intensifies and then inflicts damage to the farmstead.  The results should add new insights on the air motions responsible for the damage patterns observed — something that is not possible to ascertain with even the best mobile Doppler radars.

    On 25 May 2019, Hank Schyma documented a never before cited green afterglow proceeding large red sprite events. In the several months following, TLE photographer Paul Smith would also document numerous others. In collaboration, Hank Schyma and Paul Smith have named them GHOSTs. This acronym in the works stands for Green emissions of(from) excited Oxygen in Sprite streamer Tops. This name also keeps in the theme of other transient luminous events namely sprites, trolls, pixies and ELEVES. A scientific paper is currently in the works and expected to be published soon.

    Music scored by Pecos Schyma

    1. Theme From The Endless Summer performed by Pecos Hank
    2. Angel's Serenade by Southern Backtones
    3. El Reno Blues by Pecos Hank
    4. Honky Tonk Blood by Johnny Falstaff
    5. La Malédiction de la Danse du Poulet ny Pecos Hank
    6. Glamorous Adagio by Southern Backtones
    7. Something performed by Spencer Schyma on Ukulele
    8. Won't Pray Adagio by Southern Backtones
    9. Theme from Crocodile Dundee performed by Pecos Hank
    10. Bandera by Southern Backtones

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  • A Tornado Hits The Weather Channel | IMR


    We're taking you inside the weather like you've never seen it before. Jim Cantore battles the elements as a storm hits The Weather Channel.

  • GREATEST STORMS ON EARTH - Best Of Tornado Alley


    Visually stunning, mini documentary of the best tornado footage, lightning strikes, supercells and most beautiful storms I've documented. Not only is Mother Nature’s fury amplified with these explosive storms, So is her beauty.

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    I have devoted a large portion of my life to documenting thunderstorms from South Texas to North Dakota, and from California to Florida. The storms notorious in Tornado Alley can be terribly powerful, however the side I'm most interested in is her beauty. This is a collection of my all time most beautiful and greatest moments storm chasing. I have strived to capture steady shots in the worst conditions possible with no shaking, or windshield wipers. Though I've had many great encounters in my portfolio over the last 25 years, this video is mostly the last decade simply due to the increase in camera quality. Many great 1080p HD captures were left out to make room for the 4K storm footage. I hope you enjoy :D

    Roughly 75% of the ENTIRE planet’s tornadoes are reported in the United States. Here, unique geography is ultimately responsible for the high frequency of extremely powerful storm cells. Though tornadoes most often make the headlines, all this excessive energy in the atmosphere can result in an freak show of other wonders.
    Many of the phenomena we are familiar with and others we are still just discovering. Not only is Mother Nature’s fury amplified with these explosive storms, So is her beauty.

    Storm updrafts most frequently erupt near late afternoon when daytime temperatures reach their highest.

    Rainbows are caused by the reflection, refraction and dispersion of sunlight in rain droplets. The secondary rainbow is visible when the light that is reflected twice inside raindrops is bright enough for detection. And Because this light is reflected twice, the order of the secondary rainbow’s colors are reversed.

    The concentrated downdraft of heaviest rain and hail is the core
    This icy waterfall often has a turquoise hue.
    In the evening or morning when golden hour sun light mixes in, the storm can turn an eerie green.

    In a wind sheared environment cell updrafts may rotate, becoming a mesocyclone. Mesocyclone’s are the defining character of the rarest and most powerful breed of thunderstorms, the supercell. And it’s these supercells that are responsible for the majority of the worlds strong tornadoes. Thankfully, most of these tornadoes occur over sparsely populated areas causing little damage if any.

    Thunderstorms have the ability to create electric fields by separating pools of positive and negative charges. When oppositely charged regions become strong enough, a flash of lightning temporarily equalizes the difference. Most flashes occur within the storm, but roughly 1 in 5 initiate by a downward moving stepped leader that connects to the ground. This is a cloud-to-ground flash. The more powerful the thunderstorm, the less time needed for the regions to rebuild their energetic charges.

    UPWARD MOVING LIGHTNING or Ground-to-cloud lightning:
    On rare occasions lightning initiates from tall objects on the ground and propagates upward into the storm. During extraordinary events, two or three GROUND-TO-CLOUD flashes occur And during extremely rare conditions over a dozen bolts of lightning can leap up into the sky.

    Near the ceiling of our troposphere, pouch like mammatus clouds hank underneath the storms anvil cloud. High above the anvil cloudds, mysterious large scale discharges burst into color. Scientists call these Transient Luminous Events (TLEs).

    Music Score by: Dan Workman, Christine Wu & Hank Schyma

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  • Top 10 MOST EXTREME storm chases of 2018! Tornadoes, haboobs, floods, and hurricanes


    Top 10 most extreme storm chases of 2018 including tornadoes from Dixie Alley to the High Plains, jaw-dropping haboob, gorilla hail, flash floods, and Hurricane Michael; in no particular order. Music is from Epidemic Sound

  • TEXAS TORNADO FEST - April 23, 2021


    Incredible photogenic tornadoes!!! One after another, twisting out of an incredible Texas supercell thunderstorm on April 23, 2021. These tornadoes touched down in mostly open prairie and ranch land near the towns of Quanah, Chilicothe, Lockett and Vernon Texas causing only minor damage.



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  • Extreme Weather-Tornado-Hurricane-Thunderstorm


    Compare and contrast tornado,hurricane, and thunderstorm

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  • TORNADOES OF 2020 - Is it over yet?


    Best tornado, lightning and severe storm footage from 2020 in a tour of Tornado Alley's highs and lows from March through July. 1075 confirmed tornadoes have been tallied in the US in 2020 including the third widest tornado ever recorded.




    APRIL 12 Soso Mississippi EF4
    On Easter Sunday a large, extremely dangerous, long tracking tornado was underway in Mississippi. Doppler radar revealed an impressive supercell, well defined hook echo and distinct lofted debris signature. But up close, vague walls of gray, shrouding rain curtains and a veil of tall trees obscured a hell on Earth. Prior to striking Soso Mississippi, the tornado grew to 2.25 miles wide. The THIRD widest tornado ever documented. Along a 68 mile damage path, it debarked and leveled entire forests. Cars and trucks were thrown hundreds of yards, mangled beyond recognition. Many homes and businesses were destroyed, some completely leveled and swept away
    including some well built brick and concrete structures. With estimated wind speeds up to 190 mph (310 km/h) this tornado earned an EF4 rating. Following closely behind, another large EF3 tornado trained close to the previous tornado's track.

    APRIL 19 Southwest of Hattiesburg MS
    Seven Days later, another significant tornado risk targeted Mississippi. Chasing over the previous week’s damage paths compounded the danger as trees were still weakened and downed. An intensifying high precipitation storm brought darkness early along with a barrage of powerful positive ground flashes. Not only do positive ground flashes look different from typical negative ground flashes, they often sound different. The thunder from these mega-bolts hits you like the shock wave of an explosion. Deeply embedded in rain, an unseeable mile wide tornado cruised 54 miles across the state at a ground speed of 55mph.
    At its peak intensity, The EF4 demolished two well constructed homes, leaving clean slabs in its wake.

    APRIL 22, Madill Oklahoma
    A low precipitation supercell approaching Madill Oklahoma setting the stage for a highly visible tornado. Right out the gate, it earned EF2 status, snapping power poles and flinging trees as it passed just south of town. A large section of a warehouse was demolished and under a rainbow, mobile homes were completely destroyed.

    MAY Low Tornado Activity
    April was an active month for tornado activity in the US. Usually May is the peak month, however in strong contrast to 2019, May 2020 had extremely low tornado activity. Forecastable chase-able storms mostly organized into linear modes. Though often ominous and photogenic, Lines or squalls are much less efficient at producing violent tornadoes.

    JUNE Low Tornado Activity
    June followed May's suit with lower than average forecastable & chase-able tornado activity.

    JULY High Tornado Activity
    After most of us had thrown in the towel, July surprised storm chasers with higher than average tornado activity in the Northern Plains. On July 8th, and incredibly photogenic EF4 tornado touched down near Ashby Minnesota. A high base storm allowed the sun to light the tornado and a vibrant rainbow often accompanied the bright white tornado depending on the perspective. Storm Chaser Melonie Metz was kind enough to license her amazing footage for this video.

    2020 Climate
    2020 had lower than average tornado activity with 1075 confirmed tornadoes. (Average is 1250)

    Climatologically, the Atlantic hurricane season exceeded records
    with 30 named storms, 12 of which landed on the continental U.S.
    - 30 named storms - Previous record 28
    - 12 named U.S. storm continental landfalls - Previous record 9
    - 6 hurricanes made U.S. landfall - tied previous record

    The Western US endured the most active wildfire year on record [1983 to present]
    and the global average annual temperature was the 2nd warmest on record
    and the 5th warmest in the 126-year record in the U.S

    Angle's Serenade by Southern Backtones
    Won't Pray Adagio by Southern Backtones
    Tumbling Tumbleweeds Instrumental by Pecos Hank
    Crossed the Line by Southern Backtones
    Glamorous Adagio by Southern Backtones



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    Storm chasing in Montana with Tempest Storm Chasing Tours.

    Music by Bobby Cole @Catch22 Media used with permission from copyright owner.

    June 28th has to be the most incredible day I have had storm chasing. We started the day in Belle Fourche, just 50 miles from where we would later be watching an incredible supercell near Albion, Montana. After lunch in Buffalo, South Dakota and some time looking at data in Rhame, North Dakota, the decision was made to head back to Buffalo and then head west into Montana. We soon had a view of the developing storm more than 50 miles away and before long driving along good gravel roads we had arrived at our storm. The structure was already mind blowing! We stood watching the storm approach us for around 45 minutes before things started to ramp up a bit and the first tornado appeared. The first tornado lasted several minutes and was hidden by the rain at times. We didn't hang around long as the storm was just getting going with the tornado show. We jumped back on Camp Crook Road towards Capitol to keep up with the storm, it now had a huge lowered base on it and very quickly tornado number two begun. By the time we stopped, the tornado had taken on a beautiful classic tornado shape as it slowly moved across the open fields. We watched for several minutes then moved again to keep up with the action area. Once tornado two was over, things started to look a little more serious, the motion in the storm directly above and in front of us was unbelievable and the storm looked like it was about to produce a large tornado directly in front of us. By the time we had stopped tornado three was about to make contact with the ground and we stood and watched it become a fairly large wedge shaped tornado. We had a good amount of time just watching in awe as the sky made contact with the ground, we could even hear the tornado rumble as it moved across the fields. It was soon time to move again to keep up with the tornado along Camp Crook Road. As we drove along the road towards the storm what I saw in front of me was beyond mind blowing! The whole storm structure was spinning around the tornado like a small hurricane, I couldn't believe my eyes. This only lasted a few moments but it was enough to feel completely overwhelmed by what I saw. We continued to follow the tornado until it roped out in the rain and hail. Very soon after the fourth tornado started, by this time the sun had set and the contrast was quite low but we still enjoyed watching another distant twister on the open Plains. It was now dark and the storm was currently sitting over Road 20 between us and Buffalo, we sat watching the lightning waiting for the storm to move on a little before heading East to Buffalo. Before long somebody shouted Tornado!!! And there was tornado number 5 hidden in the dark only made visible by the frequent lightning. We all desperately tried to capture this incredible moment before it faded away, it felt quite surreal. Then the day was done, the storm was dying and the celebration dinner was calling. We drove back to Belle Fourche where we had started the day what felt like a lifetime ago, I got into my hotel room and set my bags down and suddenly felt completely overwhelmed by the days events. I said to myself out loud 'Did that really just happen?' Everything I had spent my days dreaming about as a young kid in high school had unfolded before my eyes. For real this time!

  • Surviving the Tornado | IMR


    What do you do when you're in a car and find yourself on a collision course with a tornado? Meteorologist Alex Wilson uses Immersive Mixed Reality to demonstrate what you should and shouldn't do.

  • Tornado Trackers - Full Storm Chasing Video


    Listen to the Tornado Trackers Podcast! Available on your favorite podcast app:

    NOW FREE! Witness some of 2016's most compelling storm video in this hour-long review of Tornado Trackers' chase year. Featuring extensive never-before-seen footage of close-range tornadoes, you'll get an incredible look at their encounters from Eckley, CO; Wray, CO; Wynnewood, OK; Sulphur, OK; Dodge City, KS; Hurricane Matthew and more with raw chase video from the heart of these storms!

    The 2016 storm chasing year featured some of our personal Top 5 Tornado Videos with incredible, once in a lifetime encounters. We'd like to thank Scott Peake of Basehunters for partnering with us on some of those chases and for helping to make 2016 a memorable year for our team.


    All content strictly © Copyright 2016 Tornado Trackers

    Some content available for licensing. Contact us for details.

    Tornado Trackers is made up of storm chasers Jeff Mangum, Jeremy Hamann, and Gabe Cox.

  • 3 Storm Chasers Killed in Oklahoma Tornadoes


    Tim Samaras, his son Paul Samaras and fellow storm chaser Carl Young died.


  • Tornado Emergency Shelter - Severe Weather in Oklahoma


    During severe weather in Oklahoma we had to take shelter from possible tornadoes.

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  • Tornado Chasers, S2 Episode 10: Overtaken 4K


    With Dominator 2 in rough shape from the previous day's tornado intercept, a new tornado threat looms over Bennington, Kansas. Reed Timmer pushes his science mission to the limit as a massive wedge engulfs him and his team. Features the May 28, 2013 Bennington, KS tornado.

    Season Two, Episode Ten of the award-winning series Tornado Chasers, Remastered in 4K Ultra High Definition video.

  • Tornado Size Comparison


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    A tornado is a rapidly rotating column of air that is in contact with both the surface of the Earth and a cumulonimbus cloud or, in rare cases, the base of a cumulus cloud. The windstorm is often referred to as a twister, whirlwind or cyclone,although the word cyclone is used in meteorology to name a weather system with a low-pressure area in the center around which winds blow counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise in the Southern. Tornadoes come in many shapes and sizes, and they are often visible in the form of a condensation funnel originating from the base of a cumulonimbus cloud, with a cloud of rotating debris and dust beneath it. Most tornadoes have wind speeds less than 110 miles per hour (180 km/h), are about 250 feet (80 m) across, and travel a few miles (several kilometers) before dissipating. The most extreme tornadoes can attain wind speeds of more than 300 miles per hour (480 km/h), are more than two miles (3 km) in diameter, and stay on the ground for dozens of miles (more than 100 km).

    Various types of tornadoes include the multiple vortex tornado, landspout and waterspout. Waterspouts are characterized by a spiraling funnel-shaped wind current, connecting to a large cumulus or cumulonimbus cloud. They are generally classified as non-supercellular tornadoes that develop over bodies of water, but there is disagreement over whether to classify them as true tornadoes. These spiraling columns of air frequently develop in tropical areas close to the equator, and are less common at high latitudes. Other tornado-like phenomena that exist in nature include the gustnado, dust devil, fire whirls, and steam devil.

    Tornadoes occur in North America, particularly in the area of the United States known as tornado alley,as well as in northern and east-central South America, Southern Africa, northwestern and southeast Europe, western and southeastern Australia, and New Zealand.Tornadoes can be detected before or as they occur through the use of Pulse-Doppler radar by recognizing patterns in velocity and reflectivity data, such as hook echoes or debris balls, as well as through the efforts of storm spotters.

    There are several scales for rating the strength of tornadoes. The Fujita scale rates tornadoes by damage caused and has been replaced in some countries by the updated Enhanced Fujita Scale. An F0 or EF0 tornado, the weakest category, damages trees, but not substantial structures. An F5 or EF5 tornado, the strongest category, rips buildings off their foundations and can deform large skyscrapers. The similar TORRO scale ranges from a T0 for extremely weak tornadoes to T11 for the most powerful known tornadoes.Doppler radar data, photogrammetry, and ground swirl patterns (cycloidal marks) may also be analyzed to determine intensity and assign a rating.

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  • TORNADO WARNING: Camping and Canoeing in Severe Weather in the Canadian Wilderness, RAW FOOTAGE


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    June 2017, I canoe across the boreal forest of Woodland Caribou Provincial Park in Northwestern Ontario, Canada with Joe Robinet. We paddle through severe weather during a tornado warning and narrowly escape death at the hands of a severe thunderstorm which blows trees over around us as we take shelter from the storm in a burned out landscape. It's the windiest, nastiest and of the most dangerous days I've ever spent in the wilderness. The severe thunderstorms sparked some forest fires in the region as well, which caused us some entirety as we smelled smoke in a few areas as we paddled from lake to lake.

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  • Storms of the Great Plains: the Rozel, Kansas tornado


    The slow to start 2013 chase season began with an impressive EF-4 tornado near the town of Rozel, Kansas on May 18, 2013. Kholby Martin and Russ Smith pursued the elevated shower and the rest is history. Music by the very talented composer William Stromberg.

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  • Horrific EF-5 tornado in Moore, Oklahoma: May 20, 2013


    Coming on the heels of the highly destructive May 19, 2013 severe weather event in central Oklahoma—which included strong to violent tornadoes in the Edmond, Carney, Wellston, east Norman, Bethel Acres, and Shawnee areas—May 20 began as yet another day with an atmosphere primed for explosive severe thunderstorms in the southern Great Plains. Still, despite everything we understood about the potential that day, what we ultimately experienced was hard to accept. It still is.

    Early in the afternoon, a supercell thunderstorm erupted in a region of extreme instability, along an outflow boundary leftover from the previous day’s storms. This storm very quickly became tornadic, with an initial tall, sharp-edged, cone-shaped tornado forming over the town of Newcastle—another central Oklahoma town with its own history of damaging tornadoes. As experienced storm chasers, we instantly recognized that the tornado was likely very strong, even while initially observing its slender, early stages from several miles to the east; as Cleveland County residents who are very familiar with the geography of southwest Oklahoma City and Moore, we were immediately concerned that we were about to witness yet another tornado tragedy for our community.

    This is an extended, near-continuous sequence, beginning with the tornado’s initial touchdown in Newcastle (observed from a distance of approximately 7 miles). We approached the tornado from the east, along Indian Hills Road, and eventually turned north onto Pennsylvania Ave., where we observed the large, wedge-shaped tornado for approximately 10 minutes, as it moved from McClain County, across the Canadian River, and into southwest Oklahoma City and western Moore. Eventually we moved farther north along Penn., and turned east onto 164th, where we came within approximately ¼ mile of the tornadic circulation. This was an incredible vantage point for observing this very violent tornado’s ground circulation, and especially for experiencing the tornado’s otherworldly roar, but it was also a particularly dangerous position to be in, given the tremendous amounts of debris being ejected from much higher up in the storm. Roofing material, sheet metal, and siding were continuously raining down around us, along with insulation and other smaller debris particles, as we flanked the tornado for several miles along 164th.

    What we were experiencing was quite apparent; Dave’s earliest tornado observations include May 3, 1999, and May 8, 2003, and we are both well versed in the subject of historic, significant tornadoes. This was also not our first EF-5. This time, though, friends were suffering serious property damage; businesses we frequented were in danger of being destroyed; and, schools were being leveled while children were inside. We dropped the storm at I-35, wanting nothing more to do with it as we realized the terrible devastation unfolding, yet again, in a community we knew and loved.

    Copyright 2013, David Demko and Heidi Farrar,

  • Whats the DIFFERENCE Between the F and EF Tornado Scales?


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    Tornadoes have occurred on every continent on this planet (except poor Antarctica), and they can produce the highest wind speeds ever recorded on Earth. But, humans don't actually know that much about them. Part of that problem is caused by the difficulty in measuring a natural phenomenon that destroys any equipment that researchers put in its path.

    So, despite decades of investigation, our rating system for tornado strength is still rudimentary and unfortunately subjective. But, maybe that's changing as the Fujita scale evolved into the Enhanced Fujita scale a few years ago. But, why is the EF scale better? What's the difference between F and EF?

    Let's have a look.

  • Central Illinois Tornado Outbreak | December 1st 2018


    An outbreak of tornadoes in central Illinois on Saturday, December 1st 2018

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  • 2018 Destination Tornado Alley


    This video retraces a difficult 2018 tornado chasing season. We captured incredible thunderstorms and traveled thousands of miles across the great plains.

  • Tornado Alley


    Tornado Alley is an area in the US where most tornadoes form.

    (From Discovery's Channel Raging Planet: Tornado)

  • FORECASTING TORNADOES - With the HRRR Weather Model


    Applying the HRRR weather model to storm chasing. How I used the HRRR to forecast several tornado events. Lecture at the 2018 Ohio University Meteorological Symposium.

    While trying to forecast tornadoes, there’s a ton of data, computer models, imagery and atmosphere layers to analyze. After you choose a target area, you can check several weather models to see if and how precipitation might occur in the region you think is most favorable.

    One of the computer models that I use to see precipitation forecasts is the HRRR (“HER”). The HRRR It’s a high resolution model that I use to help time storm initiation, predict cell motions and decipher what kind of storms might occur. But how accurate is the HRRR? In this lecture, I show how I used the HRRR to forecast several tornado events.

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    Cap - see Temperature Inversion

    CG - Cloud - to - Ground lightning

    Cu Field- Abbreviation for Cumulus field. Indicating instability beginning and possible storm development.

    EML (Elevated Mixed Layer)
    - In the United states, a layer of hot dry air originating from the desert southwest and overspreading the Plains to the East and further. This layer in the atmosphere is often associated with a temperature inversion or cap.

    GOES (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite)
    - Simply put, images of clouds from space

    Initiation - Initial thunderstorm development

    MCS - Mesoscale Convective System. Big gnarly storm complex or cluster. Usually tracking across a region.

    Temperature Inversion - A layer of warmer air that can inhibit thunderstorm development or lock in energy and set the stage for explosive thunderstorm development. A temperature inversion in the lower atmosphere is often called a cap.

  • Tornado at Close Range, Illinois


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  • Front Line Storm Spotting


    An educational presentation about the 1 December 2018 tornado outbreak in Illinois. Learn about forecasting cold core tornado events, the supercell cycle process, and how tornadoes form. This presentation was put together for the 2019 DuPage Severe Weather Seminar. Links to resources mentioned in the video:

    Jon Davies' Blog:

    Jon Davies' Cold Core Tornado Paper:

    College of DuPage Numerical Forecast Models:

    The Storm Prediction Center Mesoscale Analysis:

    Nick Nolte's Tornado Event Viewer:

  • Has Tornado Alley Moved?


    The Weather Channel severe weather expert Dr. Greg Forbes answers a couple of questions from a viewer about the frequency and locations of tornadoes.



    Simple answers to... How do you see a tornado on radar and how do you know if a tornado is coming toward you?

    When the cross section of precipitation makes a hook shape, or a hook echo, we can infer strong rotation and possibly a tornado.  Precipitation is revealed in the reflectivity mode on radar apps.

    In Reflectivity mode, some of the beam emitted from radar is reflected back to the radar by rain, snow or hail and detected. That’s why we call it an echo. 

    The greatest reflectivity comes from hail stones displayed in pinks and purples and the smallest the more tiny hydrometeors like light rain and drizzle in yellow or green.

    Not all tornadoes form a hook echo o radar. That's were Velocity mode comes in. Velocity mode is like X-ray vision. 
    It’s a POWERFUL tool for detecting circulations within a storm.  
    Red indicates wind moving away from the radar, and green toward the radar.   A relatively small concentrated area of inbound and outbound stronger velocities coming together indicates strong rotation and possibly a tornado. Together, Reflectivity and Velocity are powerful tools for detecting tornadoes. 

    Tornadoes often change direction and the scan you are viewing could be several minutes old. Also factor in, the circulations depicted on radar can be several kilometers aloft. And the tornadoes position at the surface can be displaced as it bends diagonally through the storm.

    Many radar apps like Radarscope have a storm tracking or cell motions option. You can also get a good idea of what direction the storm is going by playing the animation loop.

    Some radar apps also offer lightning data. Most of the time lightning data is a good tool for tracking lightning and predicting storm intensity.   I assumed they are all lightning data is detecting cloud-to-ground lightning strikes, but to be honest, there are many times when I’m positioned in a sea of would-be lightning strikes according to the data, and I’ve observed no CG’s near my area.  So perhaps they were false signals or large intra-cloud discharges were detected? I’m currently looking into this mystery. 

    TORNADO 2018
    On May 1st, I witnessed my first tornado of 2018 near Salina Kansas. Watch how I use radar to track the tornado.

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  • INSANE MANITOBA TORNADO: Live analyses of storm structure, meteorological environment, and more!


    Extensive live analysis of the destructive tornado that happened south of Virden, Manitoba a few days ago, intercepted by Sean Schofer of the Dominator 3 Team from extreme close range. I break down the role of the clear slot in tornadogenesis in this analysis, since this is such a textbook representation of supercell dynamics with this low-precipitation (LP) storm. I also plot a representative hodograph based on the wind speed and storm motion data available, and show how sensitive tornado production is to storm motion, especially that motion which deviates substantially from the column average of winds. HOPE you enjoy my WEATHER REPORTS!

  • Full evolution of MEGA HABOOB in southern Arizona on July 10, 2018!


    Full evolution of the monster haboob / dust storm that tracked across southern Arizona after Phoenix was HAMMERED by severe weather. Trees were down everywhere across the Phoenix Metro, and these storms then collapsed, sending out an incredible haboob that looked like the end of days along Interstate 8 yesterday evening

  • Tornadoes of 2018 - Ohio Weather Nut


    Video teaser of the 2018 chase season. Lots of tornadoes, supercells, timelapses, and more!

  • El Reno: Lessons From the Most Dangerous Tornado in Storm Observing History


    Among those in storm observing community, the May 31, 2013 El Reno tornado will long be remembered as one of the most dangerous storms we've dealt with. Tragically, eight people died in this tornado, including four storm chasers. This video is an effort to make sure that we don't see a repeat of this tragic situation. It's intended for storm spotters/chasers who have some storm observation experience, but the information is important for anyone.
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  • Compilation of severe weather


    Compilation of tornados, hurricanes, thunderstorms.
    Severe storms can be exciting and deadly at the same time.
    Tornados occur throughout the world but the United States has around 1200 tornadoes a year. These funnels of wind can cause great damage.
    Hurricanes begin over oceans and carry their high winds and rain inland.
    Dust storms occur when you mix high winds and very dry soil.
    Finally, a thunderstorm can bring deadly lightning and flooding.

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  • December 1st, 2018 - Illinois Tornado OUTBREAK


    What a day. Saw 4 tornadoes, quarter sized hail, and nice structure. Will most likely go down as a top 10 day in Illinois history, and either 1st or 2nd for December.

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  • Tornadoes 101 | National Geographic


    Tornadoes, nearly three-quarters of which occur within the U.S., are unpredictable and can cause massive damage. New tools and data are helping scientists learn more about when they might form and what paths they might take.
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    Introducing the fastest moving tornado ever recorded. In this video we discuss 5 scary fast tornadoes, each one with a forward moving velocity faster than the previous including a mind blowing NEW world record for the fastest tornado ever recorded.


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    Over the last couple decades, I’ve found myself trying to outrun some fast tornadoes. But what exactly is considered a fast tornado? And how fast can tornadoes move? The majority of tornadoes I encounter track roughly 25-30 mph. For me, anything slower than that, I consider slow and anything faster than 39 mph, I consider a fast tornado. But tornadoes can move much faster than that. Ride along with this scientific mission to uncover how the fastest tornado yet documented was discovered and how we calculated its ground speed.

    Jennifer Brindley Ubl
    Hank Schyma
    Dr. Anton Seimon
    Dr. Tracie Seimon
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    Rob Hurkes
    Daniel Shaw -
    Josh Vanden Top

    Dr. Anton Seimon - Appalachian State University
    Dr. Leigh Orf - University of Wisconsin

    University of Oklahoma:
    Dr. Howard Bluestein
    Dr Kyle Thiem
    Dr Jeffrey Snyder
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    Figure 2 from Bluestein, H. B., Thiem, K. J., Snyder, J. C., & Houser, J. B. (2018). The multiple-vortex structure of the El Reno, Oklahoma, tornado on 31 May 2013. Monthly Weather Review, 146(8), 2483-2502, , (c) 2018 American Meteorological Society and used with the permission of the American Meteorological Society. 

    NOAA NWS Damage Assessment Toolkit

    Electronic Journal of Severe Storms Meteorology
    Johns, R. H., D. W. Burgess, C. A. Doswell III, M. S. Gilmore, J. A. Hart, and S. F. Piltz, 2013: The 1925 Tri- State tornado damage path and associated storm system. Electronic J. Severe Storms Meteor., 8 (2), 1–33.

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    Dr. Leigh Orf
    Hank Schyma
    Dr. Anton Seimon
    Dr. Tracie Seimon
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    “March of the Serpents” by Pecos Hank
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  • Serious threat of strong tornadoes in southern U.S.


    A severe weather system is threatening parts of the South. The storm prediction center said the area could be hit by an unusual number of large and powerful tornadoes. Meteorologist Jeff Berardelli reports.

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  • WEDGE Tornado in Kansas - May 1, 2018


    Large tornado near the towns of Culver and and Tescott, Kansas. NOT FOR BROADCAST OR RE-POST
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  • Possible Tornado touches down in South Bend June 23


    Possible Tornado touches down in South Bend June 23

  • First tornado of the season reported north of Greeley


    The first tornado of the season hit Colorado Friday evening, according to the National Weather Service in Boulder. First Alert Weather Chief Meteorologist Mike Nelson explains what that means for tornado season in Colorado.



    Full version of my chase northeast of Denver, Colorado on June 19th, 2018. Chase with in 2019!

  • Ted Fujita | Mr. Tornado | American Experience | PBS


    Ted Fujita was a Japanese-American engineer turned meteorologist. His lifelong work on severe weather patterns earned Fujita the nickname “Mr. Tornado.

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    The Super Outbreak of 1974 was the most intense tornado outbreak on record, tearing a vicious path of destruction across thirteen states, generating 148 tornadoes from Alabama to Ontario, damaging thousands of homes, and killing more than 300 people. Meteorologist Tetsuya Theodore “Ted” Fujita spent ten months studying the outbreak’s aftermath in the most extensive aerial tornado study ever conducted, and through detailed mapping and leaps of scientific imagination, made a series of meteorological breakthroughs.

    His discovery of “microbursts,” sudden high wind patterns that could cause airplanes to drop from the sky without warning, transformed aviation safety and saved untold numbers of lives. Mr. Tornado is the remarkable story of the man whose groundbreaking work in research and applied science saved thousands of lives and helped Americans prepare for and respond to dangerous weather phenomena.

  • Tracking Tornado Storms and Severe Weather Using Satellite Imagery | NASA Video


    Visit my website at -using satellites to track and predict tornadoes. Please rate and comment, thanks.
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  • Tornadoes - A Spotters Guide Documentary - 1977


    According to Chuck Doswell who contributed to this film, it was produced by Mike and Betty Durham and Dan Purcell for the NWS, with input from Les Lemon, Chuck Doswell and Al Moller. This film was produced to update storm spotting, based on what storm intercept efforts had learned since 1972; it also was the basis for developing a new spotter training slide series (see below). It featured an emphasis on what storms look like before they produce tornadoes, noting the significance of the rotating wall cloud. It became the top-selling U.S. Government film ever in peacetime.

    This came from a tape of the broadcast on WHNT 19 in Huntsville, Alabama in 1984. Glenn Brackin introduced the film.

  • Live Tornado Coverage - KGAN Cedar Rapids, Iowa - 5/2/18


    KGAN team coverage of multiple tornado warnings in Washington, Keokuk, Johnson and Cedar Counties in Iowa on May 2, 2018. Meteorologist and storm chaser Nick Stewart reports from the field as a wall cloud threatens the area while Chief Meteorologist Terry Swails, Meteorologist Brandon Marshall and Meteorologist Rebecca Kopelman cover the event from the studio.

  • TORNADOES OF 2019!!


    Compilation of every tornado I captured during the 2019 spring tornado season. Re-uploaded to include location, rating and date of each tornado.

    #1: Newellton, LA rain-wrapped wedge tornado rated EF1. (4/13/19)
    #2: Tylertown, MS multi-vortex tornado rated EF0. (4/18/19)
    #3: Haileyville, OK nighttime wedge tornado rated EF2. (4/30/19)
    #4: Tulia, TX multi-vortex wedge tornado rated EF0. (5/7/19)
    #5: McCook, NE elephant trunk tornado rated EF2. (5/17/19)
    #6: Stockville, NE brief tornado rated EF0. (5/17/19)
    #7: Farnam, NE elephant trunk tornado rated EF3. (5/17/19)
    #8: Lipan, TX brief QLCS tornado rated EF0. (5/18/19)
    #9: Mangum, OK large cone tornado rated EF2. (5/20/19)
    #10: Canton, TX shape-shifting tornado rated EF0. (5/29/19)
    #11: Canton, TX large wedge tornado rated EF2. (5/29/19)
    #12: Canton, TX multi-vortex tornado rated EF1. (5/29/19)

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  • Tornadoes confirmed in Lincoln, Gaston, Alexander counties


    A weak tornado touched down over northern Gaston County and moved into Lincoln County, eventually crossing Lincolnton on Friday, the National Weather Service confirmed.



    The chase kicked off SW of McCook, NE and ended south of Broken Bow roughly. (Actually 3 tornadoes here, not two like I say in the video). Best part = no injuries/fatalities.

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