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Train vs. Tornado (Tornado wins)

The captions on this video explain everything, but because I want to fill up space and not seem like I’m wasting time, here’s the meat.  A Freight train traveling through the state of Illinois “accidentally” crossed paths with a F2 tornado.  I get that trains, especially freight trains, are very difficult to stop.  Though the weather is pretty easy to predict, at least a few miles out like this tornado was.  Surely the central command new something about possible weather issues ahead.  Though, then again, Tornadoes are spontaneous.  Perhaps it did just materialize out of nowhere and toss those train cars around like a toys.

Lesson to be learned here – nature is scary, don’t mess with it.


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360 Tornado Footage

360 VIDEO of close-range tornado near Wray, CO! Shot with 360fly Note the violent motion at the base of this tornado. More tornadoes likely in SW Kansas into Oklahoma tomorrow. Stay tuned for forecast updatesMaria Molina

Posted by Reed Timmer Extreme Meteorologist on Sunday, May 8, 2016

It’s Tornado Season.  Or it was, or it will be.  I’m never quite sure when Tornado Season actually is.  I just know that when it starts, it offers some pretty awesome videos, photos, and time-lapses of the storms as the make their way across the MidWest.  This year though is different.  It marks the beginning of easy to produce 360 video footage of these storms.  The above 2 videos show tornado’s up close in one, and driving by one in the other.


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Twin Tornadoes

It’s Tornado season in the mid-west, and besides the death and destruction that comes to people who despite all rational thought, still make their homes in Tornado Ally and then complain when their houses are destroyed, comes storm chasers.  Yes, ever since Twister romanticized storm-chasing, it’s been a cool point of photographs and videos over the years, but it’s usually not worth the risk.  Don’t be an idiot, I won’t force you to move out of this area, but I would encourage it.

That being said, take a look at this photo from Kelly DeLay:

Two Tornados

Two tornadoes from one super cell.  He claims it’s the shot of a lifetime, I don’t know if I agree with him though, with the advent of digital cameras, and the risk takers I mentioned above, more and more people will be documenting these super cells, and as such, I think we’ll begin to see things like this more often.  Don’t let it fool you though, it’s totally Global Warming’s fault, not the overwhelming amount of more data being recorded now then 50 years ago.

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Tornado of Fire

this video is just amazing, look at the fire!