New Chevrolet commercial features renowned storm chasers

We had to write about it! In the video below, watch a new Chevrolet commercial which features renowned storm chasers, Roger and Caryn Hill.   

You can read the video’s description below.

“Roger Hill loves severe weather. And over the past three decades, he has personally witnessed more than 650 tornadoes – more than anyone on earth. After years of chasing in his free time, he turned his passion into a career, starting Silver Lining Tours. Now, together with his wife Caryn, he guides groups across the country to witness severe weather.

 It’s his dream job, but it’s also demanding; during storm season, Roger and Caryn are on the road for more 100 days straight, driving hundreds of miles per day in pursuit of Mother Nature.

But before the season begins, they go storm chasing as a couple. It’s a promise they made to each other, a yearly adventure that takes them driving across America’s stunning landscape. Watch as Roger and Caryn Hill traverse several states hunting the perfect storm.”

The video was brought to our attention by Roger Hill, however the commercial was posted by CNN. The commercial is currently unlisted on YouTube.

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PEOPLE! PLEASE DON’T SHOOT AT TORNADOES!

Why does this remind of us this scene** in Twister. Right now, as we write this, we’re at the halfway point of this year’s severe weather season.

Counties in (and around) Tornado Alley and Dixie Alley have already seen Tornadoes, however it’s safe to suggest there’s more to come.

On the 6th May, Lawrence, Kansas police department (LKPD) posted the below tweet on their official Twitter account.

It’s safe to say the tweet gained a significant amount of attention…

…With ten thousand retweets and over fifty thousand likes.

Whilst this may be a bit of fun on Twitter, the LKPD are deadly serious. DO NOT SHOOT AT TORNADOES! It’s not a good idea and illegal within the limits of the city.

When it comes to the whiskey element of the above mentioned tweet, they didn’t comment on that. We loved everything about this tweet!

However, it’s fair to say the LKPD posted somewhat of another humorous tweet, regarding a Tornado Watch, on the 6th May – read below.

Find more our of blog-type articles here.

**Watch related-video 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.

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Dominator 3: A storm chasing vehicle with one sole purpose…

… To intercept Tornadoes.

It’s quite possibly one of the most fascinating things you’ll see driving down the highway, and it has one sole purpose…

…To intercept Tornadoes! This is the Dominator 3 (Dom 3). The Dom 3 is a storm chasing vehicle which is based on a Ford – super duty – truck.

It’s used by a handful of chasers, including AccuWeather’s extreme meteorologist, Dr. Reed Timmer.

Designed to withstand an EF-5 Tornadoes, packing two hundred mile per hour wind speeds. The Dom 3 is literally used for intercepting Tornadoes.

The exterior of the vehicle is armoured platted. On top of the vehicle are several weather instruments, used to aid in a chaser and gather more data – including rockets.

Credit: AccuWeather

The rockets – which can be seen in the above screen capture – will carry multiple sensors into the air.

The interior of the vehicle is also COMPLETELY DECKED OUT! In the below quote, Dr Timmer explains the some of the functionality of the vehicle.

“This is the cockpit of the Dominator 3, here you can see the real time display of wind speed and direction from the roof-mounted anemometer. So as we get close to the Tornado or even inside severe weather, we can report how strong those winds are.”   

Reed Timmer, AccuWeather extreme meteorologist.

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.

Severe weather threat potential this weekend for traditional Tornado Alley

Recent forecast models have suggested the possibility of severe weather from Friday through Monday from the central/south Plains to the Ohio valley, Tennessee valley and Dixie Alley, as reported by Zach Walters.

Photo credit: Zach Walters

Walters said with it being too far off to make any projections, he will not report on those until Tuesday/Wednesday.

However, he did say when looking at the instability models and other elements there could be a handful of significant supercells across the southern Plains on Saturday. This means one or two Tornadoes could be produced.

We will have more on this potential severe weather threat when it comes to light.

Photos and videos of Tornado damage in AR, MS and LA

Below find photos and videos of damage caused by yesterday’s Tornado in Arkansas,
Mississippi and louisiana .


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Photo of Lee County, AL EF-4 Tornado track has emerged online

A photo of the Lee County, AL EF-4 Tornado track has emerged online – see below.

The photo was captured by Zach Amason – five thousand feet up in the air whilst on a flight. The photo was posted on Twitter by James Spann.

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News stations won’t stop covering a Tornado simply because the golf is on

This post was inspired by Dennis Mersereau (Forbes Contributor)

The comments really got to us during the outbreak Sunday. It’s suffice to say catostropheres  like Tornadoes bring out a variety of human behaviour. We tend to see this on show at every turn – news station meteorologist on to rescuers and the everyday joe public looking for ways to help after a catastrophic event – like Sunday’s Tornado Outbreak in AL and GA.

However, a passing scroll through social media during a news station’s severe weather coverage illustrates what it looks like when individuals choose a different route. Individuals tend to send news station meteorologists angry (livid, furious) messages – and it even sometimes get to the threats stage – whenever the news station has to stop regular programming (much-loved television show, sports event) to cover severe weather.

Its suffice to say news stations almost (almost) always stop regular programming in favour of covering severe weather events – inc. Tornado warnings. Because we’re writing in the UK, this type of scenario is standard in the U.S. and is rarely disturbed just because the final round of a PGA tour event is on. It’s mind boggling to see the barrage of hate that news station meteorologists get every time a TV show or sporting event is interrupted in favour of live coverage of severe weather events.

This above scenario played out in front of our eyes on Sunday when a violent Tornado outbreak happened in Alabama, Georgia and surrounding areas. The most significant Tornado was an EF-4 (preliminary) which took the lives of twenty three people in Lee County, Alabama. Whilst news station meteorologists warned people – to seek shelter – who were in the soon-to-be affected area – they had to go through cruel, bitter and spiteful tweets from viewers to put a PGA golf tournament back on air – see in tweets below.

FYI: no matter how much pressure the news station meteorologists receive from d**khead viewers to put a PGA golf event back on when a Tornado is destroying homes and changing lives, it’s extremely unlikely that a news station will ever chose to run normal – irrelevant TV – programming whilst a significant Tornado is occurring. NOT GONNA HAPPEN!

As Mersereau said in his post, “no matter how much selfish and angry hate mail people send”.

Our personal point of view can be found below.…

“ITS NOT GONNA HAPPEN! You’ll just have to wait and see Tiger Wood’s meet his next mistress on the course later…”

News stations report severe weather events – Tornado warnings – simply because it’s a hugely (massively, enormously…) important service which essence saves lives. A severe weather/Tornado warning ticker scrolling across the screen isn’t enough to save lives. The viewers in the path of what could be a significant Tornado need to see the radar, hear the towns and street names mentioned in order to drive home and face the particular scenario.

“I’m getting angry whilst writing this post just thinking of people moaning about such a thing. We’re going to close this post on this last paragraph!”

Jamie Simms, website lead

With the incredible technology at our disposal today, we have the ability to track Tornadoes in real-time – see debris being lofted in the air. It would be irresponsible, thoughtless and stupid not to use the incredible technology we have at presently in order to warn people in the path of a severe storm – Tornado.

Thanks to Dennis Mersereau for inspiring this post. We highly suggest you go and read his version on the same subject here.

Chaser who went above and beyond in AL Tornado Outbreak offers update

Read this first: Selfless chaser goes above and beyond in AL Tornado Outbreak

We’re not going to say anything, we’re going to turn it over to Rich Lewis to give us his update – which he posted on his Facebook wall.

“Just want to give everyone an update. I just got back home to Birmingham about 30 min ago. I can’t find the words to describe how I am feeling emotionally. I’m exhausted and have so much on my mind. 14 hours of SAR operations has taken its toll on me. The damage I witnessed in Beauregard AL was horrific.

The only damage I’ve seen that was worse was Joplin. The entire area looked like a war zone. Trees were debarked as if you’d peel a banana. Homes completely wiped from their foundations. County Rd 39 and Cave Mill Road, the epi-centre of ground zero had pavement scoured away which was a big factor in the EF-4 rating.

Photo credit: Rich Lewis

At 6 am we still had 20 people missing and many still trapped under rubble. Sadly two more casualties were uncovered bringing the fatality total to 24. A specialized team with cadaver dogs was present, and seeing that hit me hard in the pit of my stomach. They aren’t there for search and rescue.

They are there prepared for recovery. It doesn’t get any more sobering than that. Overnight SAR concentrated heavily on the wooded areas surrounding the heaviest damage path. One crew found a gentleman displaced 1/4 mile away from his home. The crew I was with found multiple survivors buried under mounds of tree debris.

Photo credit: Rich Lewis

I talked to numerous survivors that have lost their entire family. One young man lost both his parents, and both sets of Grandparents to this tornado. Children were amount the casualties, the youngest a 6 year old boy, an 8 year old little girl, and a 10 year old girl who will never come home from a sleepover at a friend’s house.

It was about as bad as it can get. I cried almost the whole way home this afternoon.

I believe casualties could have been lessened significantly if people had taken the warnings more serious. The common theme I heard throughout today was we didn’t see a tornado, we didn’t know one was on the ground. Some of the worst killers hide shrouded in rain. Just because you don’t see a tornado, doesn’t mean there isn’t one.

Photo credit: Rich Lewis

Lead time was 9 minutes from the moment the tornado touched down to the epi-centre of ground zero in the heaviest damage zone. However the first reports of this storm going tornadic happened just east of Montgomery and 1:30 and was tornado warned shortly thereafter.

It is vital to be weather aware on days such as yesterday. Have a ready action plan in place. And if you know you’re in the path of a tornadic storm, that’s the time to start taking precautions. Don’t wait until you hear sirens, don’t wait until you see the tornado, because it’s too late.

Yesterday’s tornado was so heavily rain-wrapped very few got a glimpse of the monster lurking behind the walls of precip anyways. Yesterday and into the overnight will stay with me for the rest of my life. This isn’t my first tornado disaster or SAR, but this one was definitely different.

It hit me harder as it’s the first time I connected with the victims on a deep emotional level. I want to take this moment to thank everyone for their kind messages, words of encouragement, gratitude, and the all the posts. I was overwhelmed when I saw the amount of support I had when I got home. Today was very rough, but each and every one of you reminded me why it’s important to give back. Thank you.”

Again, we can’t thank you enough for what you did Rich.

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New video of Sunday’s Peach County, GA Tornado

This just in! New video of Sunday’s Tornado in Peach County, Georgia has emerged online – watch in the video below.

The footage which was captured by unknown person at this time, however the footage was uploaded to 13WMAZ’s official YouTube account.

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Incredible drone footage of Lee County, AL Tornado

Incredible footage!

Drone footage of the deadly Lee County, AL Tornado has emerged online – watch in the video below.

The footage was captured by Taylor Campbell yesterday, however the footage was uploaded to Live Storms Media’s official YouTube account.

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Preliminary EF-4 Tornado damage has been found according to NWS

In a tweet posted approximately fifteen minutes, The National Weather Service (NWS – Birmingham, AL branch) has suggested EF-4 Tornado damage has been found.

The damage was found along County Road 39 just east of Cave Mill Road in southwestern Lee County.

Winds have been estimate at one hundred and seventy miles per hour. Single family homes were completely destroyed.

This is a developing story and will have more as it comes.

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AL Tornado survivor Earnestine Reese: “you tell god thank you!”

We love you Earnestine! <3

In the video below, watch Earnestine Reese (seventy two years old) talking to family moments after she was pulled from the debris of her destroyed home.

The video was captured yesterday by Delrico Eiland and was posted by James Spann.

Even though Reese suffered a broken hip, this lady is strong as hell! We wish her all the best and a speedy recovery.

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New up close video of Smiths Station, AL Tornado

Just incredible! A new and up close video of the significant Smiths Station, AL Tornado has emerged online – watch in the video below.

The video was captured yesterday by Louis Bridges and posted by James Spann.

You can see the cell tower collapse at the beginning of the video.

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Selfless chaser goes above and beyond in AL Tornado Outbreak

Rich Lewis was there when others weren’t!

We’re going to start this post a little differently, we’re going to let Lewis’ friend Chris Dickerson give a sense of what this post is about to be about.

“I’m very proud to call Rich Lewis a friend as it is, but to leave your home at night to drive south and participate in private search and rescue efforts after the authorities called them off?”

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Photo credit: Rich Lewis

How did this all come to light you ask? Lewis posted a thought-provoking and significant statement on his Facebook wall last night – which can read in full below.

“Earlier this evening, Lee County Alabama officials made the hard decision to call off search and rescue (SAR) operations and resume early this morning as recovery efforts. It’s a hard decision and one Emergency Management doesn’t take lightly without great pause.

 It’s now time for some us to step up and what we do best as this is the worst natural disaster in history for the region, and the deadliest Tornado since the 2013 Moore OK Tornado.

Thankfully, there are now private search and rescue crews from all over the South here to continue SAR operations throughout the night along with the help of volunteer’s from local agencies who aren’t ready to give up.

There are still people missing, temps have dropped substantially and we could see wind chills by morning in the 20’s and maybe even the teens in much of Alabama. If we can save even just a few more lives, then it’s worth it.

Time is of the essence for anyone injured or still missing in these temps. We just had a briefing with Red Cross officials. SAR operations will continue from Beaurgard to Smiths Station AL overnight.

It will be a long night, and we will likely see the death toll rise. Please pray for the first responders tonight, we will likely see things none of us want to see. Continue to pray for the families so adversely affected by tonight’s deadly Tornadoes.”  

It goes without saying, this is a whole other level of kind-heartedness. Not forgetting, the service Lewis is giving to the affected community.

We’re extremely proud of you Rich and thank you.

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BREAKING: New video of the damaging Talbotton, GA Tornado

Oh my goodness! A new video of the damaging Talbotton, Georgia Tornado has emerged online – watch in video (no sound) below.

Talbotton, GA Tornado

The video was posted on Reddit by user Midiex approximately nine hours ago.

We will post more video/photos of this Tornado once it becomes available.

This Tornado was a part of the same system that spawned a powerful and significant Tornado in Alabama. Not forgetting the one in Fitzgerald, Georgia*.

* + Byron, GA and Fort Valley, GA.

Tornado in Southern Georgia today (3/3/2019) near Talbotton, GA from r/weather

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Heartbreaking photos and videos of Tornado damage in AL, GA

Below find photos and videos of damage caused by yesterday’s powerful, significant and deadly Tornadoes in Alabama and Georgia.

https://twitter.com/Almc12345/status/1102349649195790337

More photos and videos will be posted in due course.

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Significant Tornado captured on camera in Fitzgerald, GA

 A significant Tornado has been captured on camera in Fitzgerald, Georgia – watch in the video below.

The video was captured by James Hobbs and posted on Twitter.

We will post more video/photos of this Tornado once it becomes available.

This Tornado was a part of the same system that spawned a powerful and significant Tornado in Alabama.

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Powerful and Significant Tornado captured on camera in Smiths Station, AL

The powerful and significant Tornado that struck Smiths Station, Lee County, AL has been captured on camera – watch in the video below.

https://twitter.com/i/status/1102313511986913280

The video was captured by Amy Cannon and was posted only minutes ago on Twitter.

We will post more video/photos of this Tornado once it becomes available.

UPDATE: Incredible video taken by one of Scott Peake’s GoPros in
Beauregard (Smiths Station), AL – watch in video below.

UPDATE #1: Video from inside the Marathon gas station in Smiths Station as one of the Tornadoes passed over – watch in the video below.

UPDATE #2: Smiths Station, AL – Tornado crossing U.S 280

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