Wait here, we need to move this tornado along
April 19, 2012 11:32 AM Subscribe
posted by penguinicity (21 comments total)
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On April 14th, a series of tornados
swept through Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma (as discussed here in the blue
). The exceptionally long lead-time for the forecast combined with a weekend date to bring a huge number of storm chasers out to the plains. In the last few days, several spectacular videos
have been released, showing dramatic views from outside the tornado. Then, there's this chase team who captured a different perspective from both their in-car cam
(blurry video, but includes chaser commentary -- encounter starts just past the 29 minute mark) and an on-car GoPro
(clear video, no commentary, encounter starts around 7 minutes in).
A couple points to note: one of the chasers reports a barometer reading of 984mb about a minute after the worst has passed. This is equivalent to a Cat 1 hurricane
. Also, remember that almost all tornadoes in the northern hemisphere rotate counterclockwise, so if you see debris zipping from right to left, you're either in straight line inflow/outflow, or inside the circulation looking out. The debate over whether this chase team was foolish
or just unlucky
will no doubt continue.