New GoPro footage offers a different perspective of the May 2019 McCook, NE Tornado

The above feature photo is a screen grab which was taken whilst watching Greg Johnson’s video. The GoPro that captured the footage was mounted on the roof ofe the Tornado Hunters truck.

So, you get a storm chasing vehicle perspective, if you get the drift haha.

New footage of the McCook, Nebraska Tornado that struck on the 17th May of this year has emerged online. The GoPro-caught video offers a different and somewhat unique perspective of the Tornado – watched below.

The description for the video can be read in full below.

“This footage of two separate tornadoes on May 17 2019 in McCook Nebraska was shot with a roof mounted GoPro camera. The footage has been sped up to 4x speed.”



17th June 2014 Coleridge, Nebraska Tornadoes – relive the Tornadoes in video

The above feature photo is a screen grab take whilst watching Reed Timmer’s video relating to the Tornado.

FYI: A day before, the Pilger, Nebraska twin Tornadoes struck.

The warm front which was accountable for the substantial Tornadoes on the afternoon of the 16th June, this lifted just slightly north on the 17th June into far northeast Nebraska.

Significant instability developed along this boundary given the very warm and humid airmass in place across the region. Terminology heavy to say the least this part!

By the time late afternoon came, an isolated supercell thunderstorm developed across this boundary which lead to it becoming severe quite quickly.

This supercell thunderstorm spawned a handful of Tornadoes, three of which were significant. A fun fact for you!

These storms were unique in that they were nearly stationary for a couple of hours, resulting in short and twisting paths despite long Tornado lifecycles.

We didn’t particularly want to make this a wordy article, however we wanted to give these Tornadoes a detailed introduction. Now you’ve read about it…

…In the videos below, relive the Coleridge, Nebraska Tornadoes that struck on the 17th June 2014.


Remarkable probe footage of one of the June 2014 Pilger, Nebraska twin Tornadoes

The video is a pretty long watch, however it’s well worth it. The twin Tornadoes struck Pilger, Nebraska on 16th June 2014 – five years ago yesterday.

FYI: The Tornado you will see in the video was the first one of the two that touched down.

In the video below, watch remarkable probe footage of one of the June 2014 Pilger, Nebraska twin Tornadoes.

The footage was captured by the probe produced by Outlaw Chasers – Randy Dean Hicks, Chris Rice & Lisa McGeough.

This isn’t the first time we’ve covered the Outlaw Chasers and their shenanigans – find our other articles below on the chase team below.

Watch a Tornado in Cozad, Nebraska tear a barn apart!

The motion on this nader is quite something! Watch a Tornado in Cozad, Nebraska tear a barn apart in the video below.

The video was captured by Gage Shaw on the day the Tornado struck – last month, 17th May. Shaw posted the video on his official YouTube account.

Find more of our articles on Tornadoes that have struck the state of Nebraska here.

22nd May 2004 Hallam, Nebraska Tornado – relive the Tornado in video

This F4/EF-4 Tornado was one of nine Tornadoes that struck during the outbreak of May 2004. You can find out more about the outbreak here.

Four words are only need to describe this Tornado… This was a monster!

In the videos below, relive the monster F4/EF-4 Tornado that struck Hallam, Nebraska on the 22nd May 2004 – fifteen years ago today.

Photos of the damage this Tornado caused can be found below.

Breathtaking probe video of Friday’s McCook, Nebraska Tornado

The feature photo was captured by Tyler Schlitt on the day the Tornado struck – provided with permission. The outlaws outdone themselves this time. Incredible job Randy Hicks and Tyler Schlitt.

Before we get to the video, first things first… How this footage was caught! The above mentioned duo deployed a probe called Cyclops (which has a camera inside) in the path of this Tornado.

1: Kodak 360 – for you technological peeps out there!

Once deployed, the duo retreat to a safe location. Once the Tornado has passed or dissipated, Hicks and Schlitt return to the spot of deployment to retrieve probe…

…The duo would return to a specified location, take the camera out of the probe and remove specific memory cards out of the camera to retrieve video captured.

After retrieving the video, the process of reviewing, editing and posting the video would start. With that being said…

In the footage below, watch the breathtaking probe video of Friday’s McCook, Nebraska Tornado caught by the Cyclops

…Which has subsequently been rated an EF-2. Again, amazing work guys!


Watch as a Tornado tears through farmland near Farnam, Nebraska

This spinner certainly went through the stages! In the video below, watch as a Tornado tears through farmland near Farnam, Nebraska.

The video was captured by Brandon Jarvis on the day the Tornado struck – yesterday, 17th May.

However, the video was then posted by Live Storms Media on their official YouTube account. Find more photos/video of this Tornado below.

Photo credit: Walker Ashley
Photo credit: Walker Ashley
Photo credit: Chris Collura


Tornado captured on camera southwest of McCook, Nebraska

It’s a bloody beauty! A Tornado has been captured on camera southwest of McCook, Nebraska – see in the photo below.

Photo credit: John Sirlin

The photo was captured by John Sirlin today. Sirlin posted the photo on his official Twitter account minutes ago. Find more photos/video of this Tornado below.

Here’s one more from Sirlin…

Photo credit: John Sirlin
Photo credit: Greg Johnson (north of McCook, Nebraska)
Photo credit: Liz Szewczyk (northeast of McCook, Nebraska)
Photo credit: Winston Wells (north of McCook, Nebraska)
Photo credit: Ryan Shepard
Photo credit: Rich Hamel
Photo credit: Greg McLaughlin

UPDATE: Whilst this was a photogenic Tornado, it’s suffice to suggest it was a destructive one. Photos of damage caused by this Tornado has started to emerge online.

Terrible Tuesday: 5th May 1964 central/eastern Nebraska F5 & F4 Tornado

fifty five years ago today!

It was a terrible Tuesday! On the 5th May 1964, a historic, destructive and deadly Tornado event affected a number of counties within central and eastern Nebraska.

Two particularly damaging/significant Tornadoes touched down, one was rated an F5/EF-5 and the other F4.

Article clipping credit: NWS

It’s suffice to say, the above mentioned F5/EF-5 Tornado travelled nearly seventy miles from eastern Adams County to northwestern Butler County is the last F5/EF-5 Tornado recorded in Nebraska. With that being said, let’s get into an overview of the Tornado event.

For some residents in central/eastern Nebraska, 5th May 1964, started out like any other day. However, by sunset, it would be a day of total destruction. During the afternoon, severed thunderstorms developed and quickly pushed northeast.

Article clipping credit: NWS

One of these storms produced an F4/EF-4 Tornado touched down initially in southeastern Greeley County and destroyed much of Wolbach and caused several injuries – thankfully and fortunately no one died. 

It’s safe to say, the biggest and most destructive Tornado was yet to come. By 5:00pm, a Tornado touched down just southeast of Hastings and developed into an F5/EF-5. Two people were killed by this Tornado a farm three miles northwest of Bradshaw…

Article clipping credit: NWS

…There were also numerous injuries, including fifteen people near Shelby.

Fortunately, several towns along the way which were spared a direct hit, including Hampton, Bradshaw, Benedict, Stromsburg and Shelby. Suffice to say there was complete destruction of all farmsteads in the direct path.

It was a significant and powerful Tornado that completely destroyed at least a dozen of these farms within the first thirty miles of its track. The Tornado width was one quarter of a mile wide, sometimes two – three separate damaging funnels extended from the same cloud.

Article clipping credit: NWS – find more clippings here.

Hail preceded, accompanied and followed the Tornado touching down. The Tornado lifted near Bellwood in Butler County, the Tornado briefly touched the ground a few times in the next forty miles.

Find a poster about the Tornado, produced by the National Weather Service (NWS)  in the link below.

The Great Plains Tornado Outbreak of 1991 – relive the outbreak in video

This happened twenty eight years ago today! A handful of iconic and reconisgeable Tornadoes struck on the 26th April 1991.

The 26th April started ominously as storms formed across central and western Oklahoma in the early morning hours which then moved northeast. A Tornado struck Tonkawa, northern Oklahoma around half an hour after sunrise. These storms moved northeast into Kansas…

…However these storms weakened in the late morning hours, but a dry line remained across central Kansas into central Oklahoma.

Storms then redeveloped in the afternoon along the dry line and outbreak of Tornadoes across much of central and southern Plains happened. Before the outbreak ended, over fifty Tornadoes had touched down in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska…

…Five violent Tornadoes touched down in southern Kansas and Oklahoma.

The most significant/deadliest Tornado touched down in Wichita, Kansas when an F5 Tornado swept through the southern and eastern portions of the Wichita metropolitan area – including the McConnell Air Force Base and the town of Andover.

Four other Tornadoes received the F4 rating in this outbreak, three of these violent Tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma. One Tornado overturned several cars on the Cimarron Turnpike before striking Wesport and Skiatook.

A second F4 Tornado struck Oologah, Oklahoma, northeast of Tulsa. The other violent Tornado was the only one to strike within the National Weather Service Norman (branch) area of responsibility – initially touching down east of Enid, around two point five miles from Garber…

…This Tornado ultimately became known as the ‘Red Rock’ Tornado. It touched down at around 6:30pm, moved northeast around sixty six miles over an hour and a half – making it one of the longest Tornado paths document in Oklahoma.

In closing of this outbreak overview, another six Tornadoes touched down in north central and north eastern Oklahoma during the late afternoon and evening of the 26th April 1991.

We didn’t particularly want to make this a wordy article, however we wanted to give this significant outbreak a well-balanced and detailed introduction.

Now you’ve read about it, now relive the 26th April 1991 outbreak thru the lens of a camera in the videos below.


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

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.

AccuWeather’s U.S. Tornado forecast for this year is intriguing

It’s an interesting article which deserved its own blog post.

According to John Roach, AccuWeather predicts that there will be one thousand and seventy five Tornadoes in 2019.

In fact! Nine percent more then the nine hundred and eighty seven Tornadoes in 2018.

Nevertheless, the figure is six per cent less than the U.S. annual average of one thousand one hundred and forty one Tornadoes.

Roach points out in the article that five hundred and twenty five Tornadoes are expected from March through May almost the normal average – beaten by one1(same months).

1: Maybe not a lot to some, but for us… That’s a lot of spinners!

The AccuWeather writer goes on to say that the company (weather/media) projects a high occurrence of severe weather risks in the traditional Tornado Alley.

Meaning that the states which are most likely to be impacted the most are: Oklahoma, Kansas and parts of Texas and Nebraska…

… We’re going to leave that there! We strongly urge that you go and read the rest of the article which can do by clicking here.

Ten Instagram Tornado videos which will keep you happy…

…until the season starts again! which isn’t that long away to be honest.

Again, just like this blog. This blog is not particularly a wordy one! However, it will keep you happy until Tornado1 season starts again…

1: For us Tornado/severe weather enthusiasts

…Below are the ten Instagram Tornado videos that will keep you entertained until the season starts.

Bennington, Kansas wedge Tornado that struck on 1st May 2018 – Tornado Hunters’ Greg Johnson

Douglas, Wyoming Tornado that struck on the 28th July 2018 – Reed Timmer

Find further videos of this Tornado here and here.

Cherokee, Oklahoma twin Tornadoes that struck on the 14th April 2012 – Tornado Titans’ Eugene Thieszen

Clarksdale, Mississippi Tornado that struck on the 23rd December 2015 – Tornado Trackers

Wray, Colorado breathtaking Tornado that struck on the 7th May 2016 – Tornado Trackers

Dodge City, Kansas Tornado that struck on the 24th May 2016 – Derek Smith (@tornadoslayer_)

Pilger, Nebraska twin Tornadoes that struck on the 16th June 2014 – Tornado Hunters’ Greg Johnson

Stanton, Nebraska Tornado that struck on the 16th June 2014 –  Tornado Hunters’ Greg Johnson

Location to be confirmed – looking up into a developing Tornado – Pecos Hank

Tillman County, Oklahoma wedge Tornado that struck on the 7th November 2011 – Martin Lisius, Tempest Tours

Find further videos of this Tornado here, here and here.

With that, we’ll wrap this post up. You can find more Instagram Tornado videos here and here.