19th June 2018 Prospect Valley, Colorado Tornado – relive the Tornado in video

The above feature photo was captured by William T. Reid. Provided with permission.

We’re going to get straight to the videos for this particular Tornado. However, we highly recommend Silver Lining Tour’s blog on the Tornado.

In the videos below, relive the photogenic Prospect Valley, Colorado Tornado that struck on the 19th June 2018.

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

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.

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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.

The Chandler-Lake Wilson, Minnesota Tornado of June 16th 1992

Twenty seven years ago today!

On the 16th June 1992, a devastating Tornado ravaged elements of southwest Minnesota (MN). Normally known as the Chandler-Lake Wilson, MN Tornado.

This Tornado destroyed more than seventy five homes with another ninety homes, ten businesses, a church + a school suffered damaged.

Fifty million dollars in damage was caused, forty people suffered injuries and one person was killed by the Tornado.

Source credit: National Weather Service – The approximate path of the Chandler-Lake Wilson tornado.

Based upon a comprehensive damage assessment by the National Weather Service, it’s assessed this F5/EF-5 Tornado had winds in excess of two hundred and sixty miles per hour as it swept through the residential area of Chandler, MN.

Fun fact for you all! This was the only F5/EF-5 to strike in the United States in 1992.

The Chandler-Lake Wilson Tornado touched down shortly after 5:00pm initially near Leota, MN. The Tornado obliterated a two house farmstead just east of Leota as it strengthened and churned its way toward Chandler and Lake Wilson.

Suffice to say the Tornado reached its greatest size and strength as it headed over the hill and directly south of Chandler, churning its way into the residential area of west Chandler at 5:18pm approximately.

The enormous Tornado was on the ground for well over an hour, travelling around thirty five miles across southwest MN, from northwest Nobles County, through Murray County and into southeast Lyon County.

Another fact for you all! The Tornado had a maximum width of three-quarters of a mile wide in the area of Chandler-Lake Wilson area.

The Tornado was a part of a major severe weather event that swept across the northern Plains that week. You can read more on that here.

Clearer version of the above video can be found below.

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

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.

Springfield, Illinois Tornado of June 14th 1957

Going by the Tornado History project’s interactive website, there were twelve Tornadoes that touched down on this day. However, the strongest one of the day was the Springfield, Illinois (IL) Tornado.

The F4/EF-4 Tornado swept through the southeastern side of Springfield, IL near Jerome1. The parent thunderstorm produced a wind gust of ninety eight miles per hour at Capital Airport, which was on the north side of the town.

1: A diagram of the Tornadoes path can be found below.

Courtesy of Tornado Talk – Facebook page can be found here.

Two people were killed and more than fifty people were injured by the Tornado. Damage to property was estimated at three million dollars – twenty five homes were destroyed and one hundred and seventy five others were badly damaged.

The Illinois State Register stated the following the day after the Tornado: “This Tornado ended the myth that Springfield was Tornado-proof because it was in a bowl”. Newspaper clippings relating to the Tornado can be found here.

RELATED: Lemont, Illinois Tornado of June 13th 1976

Lemont, Illinois Tornado of June 13th 1976

43 years ago today! Just let number sink in! That’s a very long time.

This day won’t be forgotten by many people who live in the Illinois counties of DuPage and Cook County during 1976 summer.

It had started as a normal day on the 13th June in the Chicago Metro area. Suffice to safe the region had been experiencing a very warm period with a high of ninety four degrees recorded the previous day.

With afternoon temperatures lingering in the lower to middle eighty’s, little would be known in a few minutes after 5:00pm, bedlam was about ensue/strike southern DuPage and southwestern Cook Counties.

A significant Tornado formed across the Lemont, Illinois area at approxminetly 5:18pm, just north of the downtown area. From that point onwards, the Tornado began taking a rather unpredictable track…

…First heading southeast through the eastern sections of the town.

The Tornado grew significantly causing extensive damage at the Hillcrest subdivision of the area. The Tornado then headed in a northerly direction, then northwest where it took the roof off an Argonne National Laboratory reactor.

Moving on, the Tornado then crossed I-55555 where it caused more damage before it finally dissipated.

In the wake of the Tornado, two people died and twenty three people were injured. The track of the Tornado was eight miles long – width of up to eight hundred yards. That’s massive!

Source credit: National Weather Service

Total damage costs approached thirteen million dollars. After all the damage was surveyed, the final rating of the Tornado was an F4/EF-4.

You can read more on the event here and here.

12th June 2017 Carpenter, Wyoming Tornado – relive the Tornado in video

The above featured photo is a screen grab taken whilst watching Adam Lucio’s video of the Tornado.

This EF-2 Tornado was one of twenty two Tornadoes reported during the outbreak of June 2017. You can find out more about here.

Photogenic nader for you to enjoy! In the videos below, relive the EF-2 Carpenter, Wyoming Tornado that struck on the 12th June 2017 – two years ago today.

Find some incredible photos of the Tornado, captured by Westin Wood below.

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

31st May 2013 El Reno, Oklahoma Tornado – relive the Tornado in video

The above feature photo was captured by Tim Marshall. Provided with permission. This historic Tornado happened six years ago today.

The maximum width of the Tornado was two point six miles wide!

On the 31st May 2013, a powerful, long-track Tornado developed southwest of El Reno, Oklahoma (OK). This remarkably wide Tornado took a difficult path, changing in both speed and direction rapidly.

You can find out more about the Tornado’s movement on a minute-by-minute basis here.

The Tornado damaged many homes as well as a few businesses near El Reno, OK. Furthermore, significant sub-vortices destroyed crops in a number of fields in the area. Eight people were killed in the Tornado, all in vehicles…

…This included three severe storm researchers who were killed east of U.S. Highway 81 as the Tornado overtook their position. We will have an article on those incredibly talented and well-respected researchers coming out later tonight.

Additionally, a number of people were killed whilst attempting to escape the Tornado near U.S. Highway 81. Finally, two people were killed along 1-40 while waiting for the Tornado to pass. Suffice to say the monetary damages were estimated.

It’s safe to suggest this Tornado was well “sampled” by two separate mobile research radar teams – bullet point listed below.

  • University of Oklahoma’s RaXPol radar
  • Center for Severe Weather Research’s Doppler on Wheels

Both radars captured measured winds in the Tornado of more than two hundred miles per hour.

The RaXPol radar data shows winds of at least two hundred and ninety five miles per hour very close to the surface. The intense winds were present in a very small sub-vortices within the larger Tornado circulation.

An analysis of the high resolution radar data combined with the results of the ground damage survey illustrates that none of these intense sub-vortices impacted any structures. Despite the measured wind speeds…

…Surveyors could not find any damage that would support a rating higher than EF-3 based upon the damage indicators used with the EF scale. The maximum Tornado width was two point six miles.

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

…In the videos below, relive the EF-3 El Reno, OK Tornado that struck on the 31st May 2013.

26th May 2014 Watford City, ND Tornado – relive the Tornado in video

This tornadic event happened five years ago yesterday.

We remember this Tornado for the video that emerged afterwards! A handful of supercell thunderstorms formed in eastern Montana and moved into the northwest region of North Dakota (ND) late in the afternoon on the 26th May 2014.

Initially, storms produced significant hail and lots of rain. However in the early evening, reports were of rotating wall clouds and potential funnel clouds were received from numerous locations in McKenzie County, ND.

An EF-2 Tornado touched down six miles south of the city of Watford, and caused significant damage to an RV park that was serving as a semi-permanent housing facility1 for oil workers.   

1: Thirteen campers, serving as homes, were completely destroyed and two more were damaged by this Tornado. Other damaged included a snapped wooden power line pole, vehicles and fences – wooden/metal.

One vehicle was thrown sixty feet and flipped onto its roof, with a trailer parked next to its initial location also flipped and completely destroyed. Thankfully, no one was killed, however nine people were injured.

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

…In the videos below, relive the EF-2 Watford City, ND Tornado that struck on the 26th May 2014.

25th May 2016 Chapman, Kansas Tornado – relive the Tornado in video

The above featured photo is a screen grab taken whilst watching Adam Lucio’s video of the Tornado. Provided with permission.

This EF-4 Tornado was one of four Tornadoes that struck during the day of this long-track Tornado. You can find out more about this Tornado and the other three here

This was a monster! In the videos below, relive the EF-4 Chapman, Kansas Tornado that struck on the 25th May 2016 – three years ago today.

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

19th May 2013 Shawnee, Oklahoma Tornado – relive the Tornado in video

This EF-4 Tornado was one of eight Tornadoes that struck during the outbreak of May 2013. You can find out more about the outbreak here.

This was one violent wedge to say the least. In the videos below, relive the EF-4 Shawnee, Oklahoma Tornado that struck on the 19th May 2013 – six years ago today.

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

16th May 2015 Elmer, Oklahoma Tornado – relive the Tornado in video

The feature photo was captured by Mike Prendergast on the day the Tornado struck – provided with permission.

There’s something quite captivating watching this wedge. In the videos below, relive the Elmer, Oklahoma Tornado that struck on the 16th May 2015 – four years ago today.

WHAT… A… SIGHT!!! Find some incredible photos of the Tornado captured by Roger Hill below.

Photo credit: Roger Hill
Photo credit: Roger Hill

Find more of our past/historical Tornado articles here.

The May 15th – 16th Tornado outbreak of 1968

Yesterday and today marks the fifty first anniversary of the outbreak.

The May 15th -16th 1968 Tornado outbreak was a significant and deadly event. The outbreak of Tornadoes affected the states listed below.

  • Arkansas
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Ohio
  • Tennessee

This outbreak produced thirty nine Tornadoes from 3:28pm on the 15th May till 2:50am on the 16th May. This included two F5/EF-5 Tornadoes in Iowa1.

Resource credit: National Weather Service

1: The first F5/EF-5 Tornado swept through five counties and sixty five miles. It affected Charles City just before 5:00pm. This particular Tornado destroyed much of the area. Damage figures were estimated up to thirty million dollars in Charles City alone whilst one point five million dollars in damage was recorded elsewhere. This F5/EF-5 killed thirteen people and injured almost four hundred and sixty people.

FYI: The featured photo of this article is that of the F5/EF-5 that struck Charles City – however the photo was captured two miles southwest of the city by Floyd County Sheriff.

RELATED: 1968 Charles City Tornado – interesting survivor stories feature in this blogpost.

The second F5/EF-5 Tornado affected Fayette County at around 4:57pm. It destroyed or damaged nearly a thousand homes. The hardest hit areas were Oelwein and Maynard where homes were completely swept away from their foundations. Five people were killed by this F5/EF-5 whilst one hundred and sixty were injured.

These were two of four F5/EF-5 Tornadoes that struck the United States during the year of 1968 – the other two; southwestern Ohio on the 23rd April and Minnesota on the 13th June. The next and last official F5/EF-5 Tornado that touched down in Iowa was in Jordan on the 13th June 1976.

The thirty nine Tornadoes spawned during this outbreak killed seventy two people and caused twelve hundred injuries. You can find more details on the outbreak here.

RELATED: May 15 1968 Iowa Tornado Summary – official Facebook page for the Charles City Tornado.

This photo is just incredible! The evolution of a Tornado…

…Awesome photomontage of eight photos shot in sequence as a Tornado formed and touched down north of Minneola, Kansas on the 24th May 2016.

Photo credit: Jason Weingart.

The photos were captured by Jason Weingart. Safe to suggest Weingart also produced the photomontage.

Find more of our articles on Tornadoes – including funnel clouds – that have touched down in Kansas here.

Mamma Mia! Past Tornadoes in Italy – relive in video

This post was inspired by Severe Weather Europe’s incredible post, Tornadoes in Europe: Italy (with Top 10 most noteworthy tornadoes)

Mamma Mia! That’s a wedge Tornado! In the videos below, relive some of Italy’s past Tornadoes (& Waterspouts1).

1: We just wanted to give you something else to watch… Because we love you!

Find more incredible videos of the above Tornado here, here, here and here.

With Tornadoes being covered, lets move onto Waterspouts!

Below is another view of the above Waterspout.

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TORNADO! The Kalamazoo, Michigan Tornado of May 13th 1980

On the 13th May 1980, A F3/EF3 Tornado struck the city of Kalamazoo, Michigan. The Tornado first touched down at 4:00pm eight miles of the city limits, it steadly moved eastward through downtown Kalamazoo.

Photo credit: Kalamazoo public library

The Tornado dissipated east of the city at around 4:25pm. So essentially, the Tornado was on the ground for twenty five minutes.Twenty five minutes had passed by, however the devastation left in the wake of this Tornado was substantial.

Five people died, seventy nine injured and over fifty million dollars in property damage. William Milliken walked through the area hours later, and suggested the following: “It reminds me of a bombed out city”’

We highly recommend you read the Kalamazoo public library’s dedicated webpage on the Tornado, click here to take a read…

…We didn’t particularly want to make this a wordy article, however we wanted to give this Tornado a substantial introduction.

Now you’ve read about it, now relive the Kalamazoo, Michigan Tornado of May 13th 1980 thru the lens of a camera in the videos below.  

Find an incredible gallery of photos of damage caused by this Tornado here.

The Great Miami, Florida Tornado of May 12th 1997

Twenty two years ago yesterday this photogenic Tornado/Waterspout struck the Florida city. On the 12th May 1997, at around 2:00pm, am F1/EF-1 Tornado produced substantial amount of damage as it swept through the downtown area of Miami.   

The Tornado developed southwest of the city and first touched down in the Silver Bluff Estates area. Find out more about the Tornado’s path here.

The Tornado produced roof damage to an apartment complex and a number of houses in the area of Little Havana. In the Miami downtown, windows were blown out of several buildings including nearly every south facing window on the first three floors of The Citadel Building.

Several cars were damaged by flying debris in the WTVJ-NBC parking lot. Other cars were overturned or blown several yards when the Tornado moved through the parking lot of the Bell South office building.

A Metro Mover vehicle on Miami’s public transportation elevated rail system was derailed as the Tornado neared the Government Center in downtown Miami. Around a dozen injuries were attributed to the Tornado.

With that being said, let’s move onto the next part of this article. In the videos below, relive the F1/EF-1 Miami, Florida Tornado that struck on the 12th May 1997.

It was reported that this Tornado/Waterspout killed hundreds of wild chickens… We thought to add that!

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Wichita Falls, Texas Tornado of April 10th 1979 – Terrible Tuesday

FYA: This Tornado was one of many that struck during the Red River Valley Tornado outbreak of the 10th April 1979…

…We will be producing a separate article on this outbreak in due course. You can find more out on the Wichita Falls, Texas (TX) storm itself here.

The F4/EF-4 Tornado that struck Wichita Falls, TX formed several miles southwest of the city in Archer County, travelling over mostly open land.

When the Tornado turned east-northeast, it entered Wichita County – damaging a handful of rural homes, string of high voltage towers.

Moving into the city of Wichita Falls, the Tornado first struck Memorial Stadium and McNiel Junior High School, severely damaging both buildings (#1 on the damage path diagram below).

Damage path diagram credit: National Weather Service (NWS)

The Tornado’s formation and its movement towards the stadium and high school was captured on camera by Wolfgang Lange from the front of his apartment complex (#2 on the damage path diagram) – see in the photos below.

After capturing the last photo of the Tornado, Lange retreated to the complex’s laundry room and hid between heavy commercial washers and dryers. Luckily, he only suffered minor injuries.

Northeast of Lange’s apartment complex, on the first street of houses, a man by the name of Robert Molet also captured the Tornado on camera as it approached (#3 on the damage path diagram) – see in the photos below.

Unlike Lange’s view, as you can see in the above photos, Molet did not have an unhindered view of the Tornado – did not immediately recognise the F4/EF-4 wedge.

Molet stood in his backyard driveway and captured the destruction of the above mentioned apartment complex and the beginning of his neighbourhood being destroyed.  

Molet carried on taking photos until the wind blew him into his garage. Although, his house was completely destroyed, Molet escaped with only minor injuries – protecting him from the worst of the winds and debris.

The first deaths caused by Tornado were recorded at the already mentioned apartment complex and adjoining housing area.

Continuing east-northeast, the Tornado severely damaged commercial buildings along Southwest Parkway, including total devastation of the Southwest National Bank Building except its vault (#4 on the damage path diagram).

North of Southwest Parkway, the F4/EF-4 wedge destroyed many homes in the Western Hills (DR). Further eastward, many houses in the Faith Village were destroyed, Ben Milam Elementary School was severely damaged (#6 on the damage path diagram).

The Tornado was captured on camera from the south of the city by Pat Blacklock – see in the photos below (#5 on the damage path diagram).

 As you can see in the last few photos above, the gust front/strong west winds to the south of the Tornado can be seen producing waves on Lake Wichita – kicking up spray from the lake.

As the F4/EF-4 wedge crossed Kemp Boulevard, a number of commercial business were destroyed – resulting in several deaths. The Tornado’s most destructive winds missed the Sikes Senter Shopping Mall to the south, but a handful of stores were damaged.

Photo credit: UNKNOWN

Beyond the above mentioned shopping mall, the Tornado crossed a greenbelt area, “skirted” Midwestern State University on the south side – severely damaging more housing additions.

From the Ligon Coliseum of the University, Professor Joe Henderson captured the Tornado on camera (#7 on the damage path diagram) – see in the photos below.

The F4/EF-4 wedge was also captured on camera by Troy Glover from the roof of the Bethania hospital (#8 on the damage path diagram) – see in the photo below.

Photo credit: Troy Glover

A number of people tried to outrun the Tornado as it crossed the south side of the city by getting in vehicles and driving east of Southwest Parkway – north on US Highway 281 and east on US Highway 287.

The Tornado blew many of those vehicles off the above mentioned highways, resulting in numerous deaths.

The F4/EF-4 wedge took the lives of forty two people in Wichita Falls, twenty five deaths were vehicle related and sixteen of the twenty five deaths got in vehicles to outrun the Tornado.

Before leaving the east side of the city, the Tornado destroyed the Sun Valley housing area, the Sunnyside Heights Mobile Home Park and several large commercial businesses including the Levi Strauss Plant – iconic jean maker.

Northeast of Wichita Falls, the Tornado trekked into Clay County. Not only did it enter a different county, it changed its appearance.

As seen in the photos below, captured by Winston Wells, the Tornado became multivortex (#10 on the damage path diagram). At one time, the F4/EF-4 wedge displayed as many as five satellite vortices. 

At this stage of its life, the Tornado did extensive damage just south of Dean and near Byars, destroying a significant number of rural homes, but thankfully causing no deaths.

The grief and devastation caused by this Tornado is almost unthinkable

This particular type of Tornado event is unheard of! A violent Tornado tearing through an eight mile section of a city.

In addition to the forty two deaths caused directly by the F4/EF-4 wedge, three more people died of heart attacks/illnesses during the stress of the Tornado’s life. The number of reported injuries approached almost eighteen hundred however additional injuries were never recorded.

In 1979 dollars, total property damage in the city was estimated at four hundred million.

Over three thousand homes were destroyed and another were damaged. One thousand apartment units/condominiums were destroyed and another one hundred and thirty were damaged.

Around one hundred and forty mobile homes were destroyed, two schools were obliterated and eleven others suffered significant damage. Over one hundred commercial businesses were destroyed, some of which were large businesses/manufacturing – including Levi.

That concludes our in-depth overview of the Tornado. Now, relive the Tornado in videos below.