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.

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.

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.

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.

8th June 1995 Pampa, Texas Tornado – relive the Tornado in video

The sexiest nader caught on camera!

The F4/EF-4 Pampa, Texas (TX) Tornado struck during the June 1995 Tornado event. Read a brief overview on this Tornado below.

The F4/EF-4 Pampa, TX Tornado – that swept through the west side of town – is considered the costliest and most destructive in Pampa’s history.

The slow moving and sleek Tornado was on the ground for around fifteen minutes, leaving a path of destruction three miles long.

When the Tornado dissipated, dozens of homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed causing almost thirty million dollars in damage.

With that being said, let’s move onto the next part of this article. In the videos below, relive the F4/EF-4 Pampa, Texas Tornado that struck on the 8th June 1995.

29th April 2017 Canton, Texas Tornado – relive the Tornado in video

Today is the two year anniversary of the Tornado.

The EF-4 Canton (west), Texas (TX) Tornado struck during the April 2017 Tornado event. Find out more about this event here.  

In the videos below, relive the EF-4 Canton, TX Tornado that struck on the 29th April 2017.

Find footage of the damage caused by the above Tornado in the videos below.

Find more of our articles on Texas Tornadoes here.

Horrific! Husband captures the moment Tornado destroys his house…

…FYI: With sadness, even though this happened in 2015, his wife and next door neighbour died.

The Tornado in this video is the EF-4 that struck Rochelle/Fairdale on the April 2015. Read our recent article on this Tornado here.

In the terrifying video below, watch the moment a powerful Tornado destroys a couple’s house… WHILST HE’S IN IT!!!

As you may have seen, a message appeared at the start of the video. In case you missed it, you can read in full below.

“The video was shot by Mr Clarence “Clem” Schultz from the second story of his home in Fairdale, IL on 9th April 2015. Though Mr Schultz survived, he had a number of very serious injuries. Unfortunately, his wife and next door neighbour died in this event.

PLEASE do not attempt to video or take photos of a Tornado as it approaches your location. Please follow National Weather Service warning advice: “Move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building and avoid windows.

If in a mobile home, a vehicle, or outdoors, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris. It is your life… and your responsibility to protect it.”  

The video was captured by Clem Schultz on the day the Tornado struck – 9th April 2015. It’s suffice to say this video gained a lot of attention.

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April 2011 Super Tornado Outbreak – relive the outbreak in video

RELATED: Videos of the Violent EF4 and EF5 Tornadoes on April 27, 2011

The April 2011 super Tornado outbreak was one of the biggest, deadliest and most destructive severe weather and Tornado outbreaks in the U.S. Suffice to say some of a handful of the Tornadoes that touched down during the outbreak struck heavily populated areas.

Regardless of alerts well in advance and short term warnings, the Tornadoes/storms killed three hundred and twenty one people and injured almost three thousand people, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA – Storm prediction Center – SPC).

Nearly three hundred and fifty Tornadoes touched down in around of the south, Midwest and northeast states of the U.S. A majority of the Tornadoes that touched down during the April 2011 super outbreak happened on the 27th April, according to the National Weather Service.

The most destructive Tornado, a multiple-vortex EF-4 Tornado, which took the lives of sixty five people and injured more than one thousand people alone swept through Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, Alabama during the afternoon/evening on the 27th April.

Suffice to say, within a matter of minutes, ten per cent of Tuscaloosa was destroyed and more than one thousand six hundred people were left homeless – including the students of University of Alabama. It has to be said, the above mentioned Tornado was one point five miles wide with winds of one hundred and ninety miles per hour. 

The Tornado was on the ground for more than eighty miles.

It has to be stated: The same supercell thunderstorm that produced the Tuscaloosa and Birmingham Tornado went onto to spawn other Tornadoes that “skipped” along a three hundred and eighty mile long path from Mississippi to North Carolina.

Three EF-5 Tornadoes, twelve EF-4 Tornadoes and twenty one EF-3 Tornadoes struck during the April 2011 super Tornado outbreak. Some of the violent storms coincided areas that were hit with severe weather and Tornadoes earlier in the month. April 2011 was a busy month!

A destructive and deadly Tornado outbreak took place on the 14th – 16th April, when one hundred and seventy eight Tornadoes touched down and resulted in the deaths of almost fourty people across parts of the Plains, south and eastern seaboard.

In closing, April 2011 saw a record seven hundred and fifty Tornadoes strike the U.S, according to the SPC – records go back to 1950.

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 April 2011 super outbreak thru the lens of a camera in the videos below.

Find an extensive video playlist of the Hackleburg/Phil Campbell EF5 Tornado below.

Furthermore, TV coverage and documentaries in regards to this outbreak can be found below.

UPDATE: A reader brought it to our attention that Smithville, Mississippi was struck by an EF-5 Tornado on the 27th April 2011 – watch two videos of the Tornado below.

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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.

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Captured on surveillance camera! FedEx driver survives an EF-3 Tornado

A coke machine saved the driver! The Tornado struck Paincourtville, (south) Louisiana on the 23rd February 2016.

In the surveillance camera footage below, watch the terrifying moment a FedEx driver gets stuck outside during an EF-3 Tornado.

The surveillance camera footage was captured by the surveillance cameras at Sagona’s True Value Hardware store in Paincourtville, (south) Louisiana.

Find other surveillance camera footage from the store below.

Video credit: David Sagona
Video credit: David Sagona

Before we end this post: we have to mention that this Tornado was one of many that struck during the Tornado outbreak of the 23rd – 24th February 2016.

We will be producing a relive in video article regarding this outbreak in due course.

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9th April 2015 Rochelle/Fairdale, IL Tornado – relive the Tornado in video

The EF-4 Rochelle/Fairdale, Illinois (IL) Tornado struck during the April 2015 Tornado event. You can find out more about the event here.

In the videos below, relive the EF-4 Rochelle/Fairdale, IL Tornado that struck on the 9th April 2015.

Lastly, we wanted to share this incredible video of the EF-4 wedge in Rocehlle, IL.

The above video’s description can be read in full below.

“Viewer Tony Nelson was on his way home from Wisconsin last night when he captured this incredible video from southbound I-39.”

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MUST SEE VIDEO! Watch Tornado rip roof from house

The Tornado in the below video struck during the severe weather event – outbreak of Tornadoes – of April 2018. Find out more about the event at the bottom of the article.

We’ve watched this footage over and over again! In the video below, watch a Tornado rip the roof from a house in Meridian, Mississippi.

The video was captured by Aeje Chaudhary on the day the Tornado struck – 14th April. However, the video was then sold to RM videos.

Subsequently, the video broker posted the video on their official YouTube account.

During the evening of the 13th April, supercells developed across northeast Louisiana  (LA) within the broad warm sector of strong surface “cyclone” not so far from the border of Kansas/Nebraska.

The storms displayed rotation almost immediately, which then began producing Tornadoes across northern LA.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), two Tornadoes happened in the NWS Jackson, Mississippi (MS – branch) forecast area – association with a supercell that tracked from near Rayville, LA1.

1: north northeastward along the Boeuf River.

It’s suffice to suggest these storms also produced strong wind as they moved into southeast Arkansas (AR). Overnight, the cold front associated with the storm system began to move eastward2.

2: A quasi-linear convective system developed over the ArkLaTex and moved eastward.

Again, according to the NWS, these storms reached the western portion of the Jackson, MS (branch) forecast area after 2:30am on the 14th April. Six Tornadoes touched down during the early morning hours across southwest AR…

…Not forgetting northeast LA – due to this line of above mentioned storms. The storms carried on to produce damaging straight-line winds, knocking down trees and power lines in a number of areas.

Throughout the morning of the 14th April, the storms continued to move eastward into MS. A handful of Tornadoes developed along this line of storms…

…Including one in Flowood, one near Noxapater, one in western Lamar County and the article-related EF-2 Tornado in Meridian.

FYI: Above mentioned areas all based in MS.

Crazy! Motorist captures Rochelle, Illinois Tornado up close

The Tornado in the video was many that struck during the April 2015 Illinois Tornado event. Find out some fast facts about the event at the bottom of the article.

This footage is something! In the video below, watch as a motorist captures the EF-4 Rochelle, Illinois Tornado crosses the road – right in front of him.

The video was captured by Sam Smith on the day the Tornado struck – 9th April 2015. However, a YouTube account under the name ‘Aaron Rooney’ posted the video.

RELATED: Motorist shoots Illinois tornado up close with an iPhone

With that being said, listed below are some fast facts regarding the event:

  • The atmosphere was suitable for severe weather – due to the highly uncharacteristic moisture and instability for early April across the region.
    • A strong low pressure system advanced into this favourable air mass. Combining with robust wind shear, which enabled these potent storms.  
  • Eleven Tornadoes were confirmed across Illinois on the 9th April.
    • Seven Tornadoes struck north central Illinois.
    • Two Tornadoes struck northwest Illinois
    • Two Tornadoes struck central Illinois
  • Six of the Tornadoes that struck north central Illinois formed from one supercell thunderstorm. This includes the strongest Tornado that was a long track EF-41.
    • The above mentioned EF-4 Tornado began near Franklin Grove (Lee County), through the northwest side of Rochelle (Ogle County), across 1-39, through Fairdale (DeKalb County).
      • The Tornado ended south of Belvidere (Boone County – far southern).
    • The EF-4 caused two deaths, both of which were in Fairdale, Illinois. There was a total of twenty two injuries.
  • The potential for severe weather was mentioned in forecast graphics and products as early as the 4th April – which was a Saturday.

1: A Tornado of this scale is quite rare. This was the first EF-4 or stronger Tornado in National Weather Service (NWS) Chicago County Area in twenty five years, since the F5 Tornado that struck Plainfield in 1990…

…This was the first EF-4 Tornado or stronger in Illinois since the two EF-4 Tornadoes that struck on the 17th November 2013 – including the one that struck Washington, Illinois.

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Watch Illinois hunters hold up in duck blind as Tornado passes

The Tornado in the video struck during the outbreak of December 2018 in Illinois. You can find out more about the outbreak here.

This video has become infamous! In the video below, watch Illinois hunters hold up in a duck blind1 and watch as a significant Tornado passes. Once in a lifetime video!

1: Used in order to hunt ducks.

The description for the video can be found below.

“We were out hunting like any normal day when a tornado formed. We had nowhere to go.

The ATV was in between us and the tornado, so we hunkered down and hoped for the best. We ended up getting our limits of ducks.”

The video was captured by Matt Stroub on the day the Tornado struck – 1st December 2018. However, the video was then sold to Viral Hog.

Subsequently, the viral video broker posted the video on their official YouTube account.

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Imagine looking out your airplane window and seeing this!

As Dan + Shay would say, ‘Speechless’.

Whilst this photo was posted eight months ago, it was definitely worth the rehash. Imagine looking out your airplane window and seeing this!

Photo credit: Reddit – watkinobe

The twin Tornadoes pictured above – were one of many that – struck during the outbreak on the 18th July, 2018 in Iowa.

We will be producing a relive the outbreak in video article for this outbreak in due course.

Post-inspired related article.

Captured on surveillance camera! EF-5 Tornado obliterates house

Preface: This EF-5 was one of hundreds that struck during one of the largest continuous Tornado outbreaks on record – 22nd May – 31st May 2008. 

In this post however, we’ll be focusing on the Parkersburg, Iowa EF-5 Tornado – which struck on the 25th May 2008 – find out more at the bottom of the article.

In the surveillance camera video below, watch the May 2008 Parkersburg, Iowa Tornado completely obliterate a home. 

The surveillance camera footage was captured by the surveillance camera at First State Bank – bank’s drive-up ATM – in Parkersburg. 

The above mentioned Tornado tore a forty three mile-long path across the counties of Butler and Black Hawk in Iowa. 

The EF-5 took the lives of nine people, injuring dozens and causing several millions of dollars worth of damage. 

The Tornado began near the Butler and Grundy County line, two miles south of Aplington, Iowa at 4:48pm (CDT).

The Tornado grew quickly in size and intensity over the next several minutes as it approached Parkersburg. 

The Tornado was nearly three-quarters of a mile wide as it moved through the southern end of Parkersburg at 4:56 (CDT). 

A third of the town experienced devastating damage with nearly two hundred homes completely destroyed. 

The Tornado maintained it’s size and intensity as it moved through New Hartford, Iowa. At 5:09pm (CDT), the severe weather event moved just north of New Hartford, once again causing incredible structural and tree damage. 

The Tornado weakened east of New Hartford with lesser damage as it pushed through portions of northern Black Hawk County – north of the cities of Waterloo and Cedar Falls.

During the weak phase of the Tornado, the parents supercell thunderstorm produced significant straight line winds from a large rear-flank downdraft (RFD) just south of the Tornado’s path. 

Wind speeds of up to one hundred miles per hour were produced simply by the RFD, with a  wind gust to ninety three at 5:37pm (CDT) measured at the Waterloo Airport. 

The Tornado re-intensified and grew nearly one and a  half miles wide north of Dunkerton, Iowa causing significant damage to a farmstead there. The Tornado dissipated just before leaving Black Hawk County at 5:50pm (CDT).

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Watch EF-4 Tornado obliterate junior and high school in Henryville, IN

The Tornado1 was one of many that touched down during the outbreak of the 2nd – 3rd March 2012.

1: This EF-4 Tornado struck on the 2nd March, 2012 – to be precise.

In the surveillance camera footage below, watch the March 2012 EF-4 Henryville, Indiana Tornado obliterate Henryville junior and high school.

The following video is our favourite in our opinion! In the surveillance camera footage below, watch the high school’s gym being destroyed.

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.