Strong dust devil captured on camera in central China

Eighteen children were injured.

A strong dust devil has been captured on camera in a scenic spot in Yucheng County, China’s central Henan Province – watch in the video below.

As you can see in the above video, the dust devil blew away a trampoline. All the injured were rushed to a local hospital.

We are unable to provide the name of the person who captured the video. However, the video was posted by CGTN on their official YouTube account.

UPDATE: Another video of the dust devil has emerged online. Watch in the video below.

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The most active & dangerous part of Tornado season is upon us!

The 1st April marks the start of what is typically the most active & dangerous three-month period of the year for Tornadoes in the U.S.

Significant Tornadoes can happen in any month, as “we saw in early March” when twenty three lives were lost in the EF-4 Lee County, Alabama Tornado.

However, history illustrates April, May and June are the months with the highest potential of having both the greatest number of Tornadoes…

… and the most intense Tornadoes in  a given year.

During nineteen years (1998 – 2017), the U.S averaged one thousand two hundred and thirty nine Tornadoes – which were crammed between April and June.

May has seen the most Tornadoes each year, an average two hundred and seventy nine.

Followed by June and April – which average around two hundred and thirteen + one hundred and ninety two Tornadoes per year.

The amount of Tornadoes from April to June is not the only reason why it makes it such a dangerous time of year – their intensity is also a factor.

According to Dr. Greg Forbes of The Weather Channel, fifty eight per cent of all Tornadoes are rated EF3 or stronger (1950 – 2012) touched down in the above mentioned months – statistics revealed.

The percentage grows to sixty nine perfect – relating to EF-4 Tornadoes (1950 – 2012) or stronger. The EF5 rating has been applied to fifty nine Tornadoes dating back to 1950 – all but ten happened in April, May or June.

All Tornadoes significally pose a threat, however the most intense account for the higher number of deaths and damage.

Eighty three per cent of the deaths from the year 2000 to 2013 were from Tornadoes rated EF-3 or stronger, according to Forbes.

 Suffice to say eight of the ten worst U.S Tornado outbreaks happened in April or May. The reason why? Mostly due to the fact that upper echelon Tornado intensities are more likely in those months.

Furthermore, nine out of the ten worst separate Tornadoes were spawned during April, May or June.

Why are Tornadoes more common in spring compared to other months? Simple! The atmospheric elements come together more often this time of the year.

Outbreaks of Tornadoes tend to happen when a storm system is propelled by a strong southward dip in the jet stream punches into the Plains, Midwest and or south…

… This is accompanied by warm and humid air flowing northward out of the Gulf of Mexico.

The jet stream will provide deep wind shear and or changing wind speed and direction with height – supportive of rotating supercell thunderstorms.

If the wind shear strong in the first thousand feed near the surface, these supercell thunderstorms would more likely spawn Tornadoes.

Going on what has happened in the past, the greatest threat of Tornadic thunderstorms has shifted from the south into parts of the Plains and Midwest – migrates through April, May and June.

With that being said, we’re going to close this article. This post was inspired by The Weather Channel’s article which was posted several days ago – read here.

Captured on surveillance camera! Tornado sweeps house away

This Tornado was one of many that struck during the outbreak of the 17th November 2013. Find out more about the outbreak at the bottom of the article.

In the surveillance camera video below, watch the November 2013 Diamond, Illinois Tornado sweep a display house away.

The surveillance camera footage was captured by the surveillance cameras at TD Pete’s Diamond Shell on the day the Tornado struck.

With that being said, listed below are a few facts regarding the outbreak:

  • This outbreak had just over seventy Tornadoes across seven states including Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.
  • Illinois and Indiana had fifty five of these Tornadoes.
  • There were twenty five Tornadoes in Illinois identified.
    • Fourteen being significant (EF-2 or stronger)
    • Three being EF-3 Tornadoes
    • Two being EF-4 Tornadoes
  • One supercell in Illinois dropped five Tornadoes, which were the ones to impact Perkin, Washington, Dana, Coal City, Manhattan and Frankfort – not forgetting Diamond.
  • The EF-4 Tornado which struck Washington, Illinois, had winds of one hundred and ninety miles per hour.
  • There were thirty Tornadoes in Indiana identified.
  • One hundred and one Tornado warnings were issued for Illinois on the day of the outbreak.

We will be producing an relive in video article for this particular outbreak in the near future.

Captured on camera! Tornado hurls a house through the air

Find out more about this Tornadic events at the bottom of the article.

In the video/gif below, watch the June 2014 Pilger, Nebraska (NE) Tornado hurl a house through the air.

The full video is unavailable at this time, however we know the footage was captured by TVNweather.com.

As a warm and humid atmosphere returned to the central and northern parts of the Plains on the 16th June.

Thunderstorms developed during the morning over central and eastern NE which subsequently moved into western Iowa by the afternoon – early.

The thunderstorms were severe with large hail – some of which was tennis ball size.

The above mentioned morning thunderstorm left a boundary between rain-cooled air to the north and a humid air mass to the south – over eastern NE.

The combination of this boundary and a robust vertical wind shear which lead to a volatile atmosphere1 by the middle of the afternoon over the area on the 16th June 2014.

1: favourable for supercell thunderstorms capable of producing Tornadoes.

Just after 2pm (CDT), thunderstorms began to develop in the atmosphere to the northwest of Columbus, NE.

The above mentioned area of scattered thunderstorms quickly developed into one very powerful supercell over Stanton County, NE that tracked throughout the afternoon.

The supercell thunderstorm produced a total of five Tornadoes, four of which were violent.

The Tornadoes resulted in two deaths, a number injured and millions of dollars in damage.

Suffice to say that this Tornadic event is known for the twin Pilger, NE Tornadoes – find four relating videos below.

People! DO NOT seek shelter from Tornadoes under overpasses

When it comes to hail, just drive. You can always get a new windshield, however drive carefully. Blocking the roads leads to traffic congestion & accidents.

This post has been in the making for a while. This blog will talk about why you should not seek shelter under highway overpasses.

It’s suffice to say this subject has grown in significance following a recent severe weather even in the Oklahoma City area.

Countless people wrongly think that a highway overpass provides a safe haven from a Tornado. When in reality an overpass may be one of the worst places to seek shelter from a Tornado.

Seeking shelter under an overpass can put you at a much greater risk of being killed/seriously injured by a Tornado. The wind speeds of a Tornado can exceed three hundred miles per hour.

It’s suffice to say the (above mentioned) wind speeds can produce airborne debris that are blown into and channelled under the overpass where people might be seeking shelter.

Varying debris moving at unbelievable speeds can easily penetrate clothing and skin, which in the end can cause serious injuries or even death. The bullet points below list five relating facts:

  • If an overpass is directly in the path of a Tornado, the wind could change direction by nearly 180 degrees as the vortex passes over.
  • By climbing up higher to get under the overpass, you will wide-open to high wind speeds – more debris.
  • Flying debris become hazardous missiles in the airflow of the Tornado.
  • It’s suffice to suggest that most overpasses don’t have girders/support beams for people to hold onto.
  • The narrow passage underneath an overpass could cause an significant increase in wind speed under the bridge.

Where you should shelter instead

When you’re driving on the road, we highly suggest you try to drive to the closet sturdy shelter.

If that is not an option at the time, then this is what you need to do:

  • Pull over, park and exit car
  • Get to the lower level of the roadway – i.e. ditch.
  • Lie in the ditch, covering your head with your hands.

BOTTOM LIE: OVERPASSES DO NOT MAKE SAFE SHELTERS!

Weak Tornado captured on camera in Khouribga, Morocco

The sound in the background is something else! A weak Tornado has been captured on camera in Khouribga, Morocco – watch in the video below. 

The video was captured by Fadi Montasri on the 28th March. However, the video was posted by Severe Weather Europe on their official Facebook account. 

Photos of the above weak Tornado can be found below.

Photo credit: Severe Weather Europe
Photo credit: Severe Weather Europe
Photo credit: Severe Weather Europe

Spectacular up close video of an initial Tornado touch down

It may be an old video, but it’s a golden one. In the footage below, watch the initial touch down of a Tornado up close in Harrison County, Indiana.

If you look closely, you’ll be able to spot the multiple vortices. The video was captured  by  a neighbour of Patrick Koch back in 2018. 

Koch provided the following description with the video. 

“This video was taken by a neighbor on July 20, 2018 around 2 PM. Location is approximately 5 miles south of Corydon, Indiana. Corydon is a small town in Harrison County about 15 miles west of Louisville, Kentucky.

Update: This is the tornado that quickly grew and did major damage to the east after it formed in our subdivision – National Weather Service. “

East of Falcon! Tornado captured on camera in Colorado

A Tornado has been captured on camera east of Falcon, Colorado – watch in the video below.

The video was captured by Kerry Louise Boucher today – 29th March. owever, the video was posted by Brian Bledsoe1 on his official Twitter account.

1: In case you’re weondering, Bledsoe is the chief meteorologist/climatologist for 11 News in Colorado Springs.

UPDATE: Up close and northeast view of the Tornado in Falcon, Colorado – watch in the video below.

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Between Falcon and Peyton! Tornado captured on camera in Colorado

A Tornado has been captured on camera in Colorado – between Falcon and Peyton to be precise – watch in the video below.

The video was captured by Jessica Upton today – 29th March. However, the video was posted by Brian Bledsoe1 on his official Twitter account.

1: In case you’re weondering, Bledsoe is the chief meteorologist/climatologist for 11 News in Colorado Springs.

UPDATE: Incredible up close video of the above Tornado – watch in the video below.

UPDATE #2: Photo of the above-mentioned Tornado can be found below.

UPDATE #3: New video has emerged of a Tornado near Peyton, Colorado, Watch in the video below.

UPDATE #4: New video has emerged of a Tornado near Falcon, Colorado, Watch in the video below.

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Reed Timmer captured the moment a Tornado hurled cows through the air

“Cows, cows going through the air!” – Reed Timmer

This video has only just came to our attention, suffice to say the footage is remarkable.

In the footage below, watch the moment the 2018 Cheyenne, Wyoming Tornado hurled cows through the air.

Credit – screen capture: Reed Timmer

The description for the above video, which Timmer put together, explains everything you need to know – read below.

“Large, strong tornado touches down as I hook-slice through baseball hail and then retrogrades west toward my position.

Rental Chevy equinox I was in had a flat tire and I had to drive on the rim for 15 miles to get to this position, then escape north in 90 mph inflow with horizontal baseball hail coming in from the left.

Tornado was about 20 miles northwest of Cheyenne, WY on Sunday, May 27, 2018. I was driving on the rim with a flat tire at the time, but my economy rental car cut through the mud roads like a champion.

This was 20 miles northwest of Cheyenne, WY with multiple structures completely destroyed. Thankfully everyone was okay in the town. This was the 3-4 Tornado produced by this storm, and it appeared to produce several more.”

Timmer’s official YouTube account is a Tornado video gold mine, check it out here.

Captured on camera! Tornado tosses tractor trailers like toys

This particular Tornado was one of a number that struck during the 3rd April 2012 Tornado outbreak in north/central Texas.

Find out more about the outbreak at the bottom of the article.  It’s all about Texas today on Tornado videos.

Just incredible! In the video below, watch the 2012 Dallas, Texas Tornado toss tractor trailers like toys.

As you can see, this video has been digitally enhanced. This video was shot from a super-zoom helicopter camera.

An upper level low and a cold front conflicted with a very warm and unstable air mass to produce a number of Tornadoes – seventeen to be exact – and thunderstorms.

As mentioned at the top of the article, this outbreak happened across much of north and central Texas on the 3rd April 2012.

Thankfully, no lives were lost, however thirty people were injured. We will be producing a relive in video article relating to this outbreak in due course.

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28th March 2000 Fort Worth, Texas Tornado – relive the Tornado in video

We know we’re a day late, however we wanted to make this post special. We also have to acknowledge that a Tornado struck Arlington, Texas, the very same day.

This post was inspired by the above video.

We’re going to be focusing on the Fort Worth (FW) Tornado. We’re going to start from right from the beginning.

The first FW Tornado damage was reported near Castleberry High School, around four miles west of downtown FW at 6:18pm. Further roof/tree damage happened in the Monticello neighbourhood of River Oaks – FW.

A number of businesses were then damaged or then significantly destroyed near the intersection of Camp Bowie and West 7th at 6:20pm.

The Tornado then moved east along West 7th, hitting the Montgomery Ward building and the adjacent Linwood neighbourhood.

The Tornado then went to damage the six-story Cash America building extensively – almost destroying it. The Mallick Tower and Calvary Cathedral buildings also sustained significant amount of damage – approximately at 6:24pm.

However, the Tornado then weakened as it entered downtown FW. Wind-borne debris broke thousands of windows in buildings and high rises. Hard hit was the Bank One building, which around eighty per cent of its windows broken.

Approxmintanly one thousand three hundred windows of The Union Pacific Resources building sustained damaged.

The building had five thousand windows, so that should tell you something.

A number of vehicles in the streets and parking lots also suffered damage. The Tornado dissipated as it moved east of downtown Fort Worth, although minor damage occurred to roofs, trees, fences and billboards around three miles east of the city.

Two people lost their lives as a direct result of the Tornado. One was killed while trying to reach shelter after warning others. The other was killed by a wall that collapsed on him – sadly he was homeless.

Eighty other people were injured, however only six required hospitalisation.

With that being said, relive the Fort Worth, Texas Tornado of the 28th March 2000 in the videos below.

Watch EF-4 Tornado demolish three high voltage transmission towers

Find out more about this Tornado at the bottom of the article.

This video is superb! In the footage below, watch the 22nd May 2010 Bowdle, South Dakota (SD) EF-4 Tornado obliterate three high voltage transmission towers.

We’re so glad this footage was brought to our attention. The video was posted by Bill Hark on his Facebook account on the 26th March.

A handful of supercell thunderstorms developed along a very powerful warm front which resulted in eight Tornadoes being produced from Akaska to Bowdle to Hecla, SD.

The most significant Tornado out of the eight that touched down was an EF-4 which occurred near Bowdle.

This was the first EF-4 Tornado in SD since the destructive F4 Tornado on the 24th June 2003 near Manchester, SD.

RELATED: May 22, 2010 South Dakota Tornadoes

UNL researchers set to begin drone Tornado study

A highly-anticipated research project involving drone-based study of severe storms will start this spring.

Researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and a handful of other universities will start the targeted observation by radars and UAS of supercells project on the 15th May.

This will be the largest-ever study of its kind which will involve more than fifty individuals – including scientists and students.

The individuals involved in this study will use four unmanned aerial vehicles, a manned aircraft, eight trucks fitted with meteorological instruments, a number of mobile radar systems and sophisticated weather balloons to collect data on supercell thunderstorms1.

1: These types of thunderstorms often have a deep rotating updrafts that – most likely – spawn Tornadoes.

The study – which was announced last fall will include the 2019 and 2020 severe storm season – will cover the Great Plains from North Dakota to Texas. Not forgetting to mention Iowa to Wyoming and Colorado.

The goal of the study is to better understand the hidden composition of severe storms. The overall result is that the data gathered will improve the detection of Tornadoes and reduce the number of false-alarm warnings that are issued.

The below video illustrates a similar type of project/study undertook by The Sirens Project.

We’re going to leave this article here. We highly recommend that you read the journalstar’s article on the study – which you can read here.

Funnel cloud captured on camera in Atwater, California

A funnel cloud has been captured on camera in Atwater, California – westbound on highway 140 to be precise – watch in the video below.

The video was captured by Danny Wright and posted yesterday on his YouTube account. This weather event was brought to our attention by Reed Timmer.  

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27th May 1997 F5 Jarrell, Texas Tornado – relive the Tornado in video

The F5 Jarrell, Texas Tornado was one of a number that struck on the 27th May 1997 – an article on the other Tornadoes will be produced in due course.

At approximately 3:45pm (CDT) on the 27th May 1997, a violent F5 Tornado struck portions of Jarrell, Texas. The Tornado took the lives of twenty seven people and causing devastating damage – blowing houses completely off the foundations…

… Not to mention it swept away the disintegrated remains.

The F5 also scoured asphalt from roads, killed and dismembered hundreds of cattle. It also stripped/uprooted them and bounced vehicles for up to half a mile from their parking places.

For a more in-depth look at the Jarrell, Texas Tornado, we highly suggest you read stormstalker’s article on the F5 – click here to read.

With that being said, relive the 27th May 1997 F5 Jarrell, Texas Tornado in the videos below.  

Documentaries on the Tornado can be found below.

Spectacular video of the 2015 Moore, Oklahoma Tornado

We’ve never seen this before, if we’re honest. Find out more about this Tornado at the bottom of the article.

Captured on a news broadcast! Find a spectacular video of the 25th March 2015 Moore, Oklahoma Tornado below.

The video was posted by KOLR10 & Ozarks Local News a day after the Tornado struck – 26th March 2015.

The news outlet posted it on their official Facebook account. Watch KFOR’s broadcast of the 25th March 2015 Tornado below.

An entrenched, erratic Tornado – inc. damaging thunderstorm winds – occurred on the evening of the 25th March 2015. The Tornado affected areas of southwest Oklahoma and Moore. The path of wind damage varied from 0.1 miles to 0.6 miles in width1.

1: With evidence of a narrow Tornado observed intermittently within this area of damage.

The damage started near Southwest 119th Street and May Avenue in southwest Oklahoma City – which moved through Moore – and ended about ½ mile south-southeast of Northeast 36th Avenue and Indian Hills Road in extreme northern Norman.

The most consistent evidence of a Tornado was observed from southwest of Northwest 12th Street and Santa Fe Avenue to near Southwest 7th Street and Broadway Avenue in Moore. The low-end EF-2 damage was observed in a small area of Moore.

A graph-ical look at data regarding March Tornadoes from 1875 – 2019

The head of The Tornado Project has been very busy indeed. Bravo on your work good sir!

On the 22nd March, meteorologist Thomas Grazulis posted four rather interesting graphs relating to data regarding March Tornadoes from 1875 – 2019 on his Twitter account.

With quotes from Grazulis relating to them, find the four graphs he produced below – please note find original tweets at the bottom of the article. 

Tornado deaths in March outbreaks – 1875 – 2019

“Death totals are down since the 1950, especially this day in 1952. Reason – fewer violent tornadoes? Fewer major outbreaks? Forecasting and warnings? Pacific Ocean patterns? Problem understanding many variables.”

Photo credit: Thomas Grazulis

Very significant [Tornado] outbreaks in March – 1875 – 2019

“The number of “very significant” outbreaks has not changed much. Definition that gives clearest picture across 150 years: at least two F3-5 tornadoes, and 50+ miles of upper EF2 to F5 path miles. Subjective? oh yes, but the best I can come up with.”

Photo credit: Thomas Grazulis

Path length in March [Tornado] outbreaks – 1875 – 2019

“Recent “very significant” total path miles are a little less, but maybe they just are not as violent. No way of telling! There have been quiet periods in the past. Current low number of March events is not unique. Last big one was in 2012.”

Photo credit: Thomas Grazulis

Killer Tornadoes in March “outbreaks” – 1875 – 2019

“The number of killer tornadoes in outbreaks has become very variable, as have deaths. Bad luck play a big part now, as it did this year. Below are all 69 March outbreaks. There have been about 630 “outbreaks” for all months since documentation started in 1873″

Photo credit: Thomas Grazulis

Grazulis also produced a table – on Twitter (CLEVER!) – regarding to killer Tornadoes since March 1873. Find his table in the tweets below..

… This was the perfect opportunity to link Grazulis’ Twitter account somewhere in this article. The head of The Tornado Project closed his tweets out with the following tweet.


Nothing says not a beach day! Waterspout captured on camera in Florida

Surfs up for sure! 

A Waterspout has been captured on camera just off Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island in Florida – watch in the video below. 

The video was captured by Kathleen (@zwervend – Twitter) and posted on her Twitter account around fifty minutes ago today.

UPDATE: A new video of this Waterspout has emerged, from a different angle of course. Watch in the video below.

UPDATE #2: Here’s another angle of the same Waterspout – from a different location. Watch in the video below.

UPDATE #3: Yet another video of this Waterspout has emerged. Watch in the video below – however this one is more closer.

Visualisations illustrate the most Tornadoes in a calendar day by state

Full credit goes to Ian Livingston of U.S. Tornadoes.

Before we get into the post, we highly recommend you fully read Livingstone’s article. It’s detailed and fascinating read.

The three visualisations below illustrate the most Tornadoes in a calendar day by state.

Visualisation credit: U.S. Tornadoes
Visualisation credit: U.S. Tornadoes
Visualisation credit: U.S. Tornadoes

PSA: The above visualisations were produced last year, 2018.

We highly recommend that you read more of Livingston’s work. Find links for more of his work below:

Also, don’t forget to check out U.S. Tornadoes.