Fantastic HD Tornado Video from Tuesday

This video was of Tuesday’s tornadoes in southwest Oklahoma. Martin is an expert photographer so he uses a tripod and doesn’t pan and tilt all around. This gives you a terrific view — in HD no less (just adjust the “settings” where it usually says something like “360p”) — of the storm.

At about 3:30 in you can hear the “train” sound of the tornado. At 5:50, he says, “sounds like a waterfall, as usual” and you can here it in the soundtrack.


Got an Anvil Crawler

A brief video that captures a lightning strike “crawling” horizontally along the underside of a thunderstorm’s cirrus anvil. On rare occasions, they can “crawl” more than 30 miles! This one goes by fast because of the narrow field of view of my video camera.

Watching a Tornadic Thunderstorm…

…from a safe location and distance.

Here is a brief video and you can hear the siren in the background. The lowering in the center was slowly rotating. Saw one very brief well-defined funnel cloud but I never saw a tornado.

the storm continued to move to the east southeast. Here is a funnel cloud moving past my house to the south. The video quality is not great but I could see rotation in it. There had been a report that the circulation had reached the ground at K-96 and Oliver a few minutes below.

I know how to do this safely. Was never in any danger. I moved before the circulation got close.

Watch my blog for storms in southern Kansas. There is no need for you to get out and risk your safety.

Hailing at the Smith House right now. Hail is marble size.

And, here is what the radar looked like when the first video was taken. There was a hook echo, perhaps too large a hook which caused rain-cooled air to undercut the circulation. I’m looking west from the blue “bullseye” symbol:

The Doppler wind display showed imbalanced circulation.

It Didn’t Look Like a Tornado!

In addition to the tornado images at the start of the tape, there is good coverage of the damage at Lambert. When you play this video, you will be asking yourself, “where is the tornado?!” They are photographing it near I-70 but it didn’t look like the conventional tornado.

That is what makes the warning system’s performance at saving lives all the more remarkable last night and last weekend: Absent a warning you would have never known what was coming.

The chasers also stopped vehicles on I-70 from driving into the storm. Way to go, guys!