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.

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


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.