Tornado Gallery

May 18, 2013, near Rozel, KS

I watched this spectacular EF-4 tornado through its entire lifecycle of about a half hour. Winds in this tornado were measured at 165-185 by the Doppler on Wheels, and the tornado was 5/8 of a mile wide. Here is a video of this tornado:

May 24, 2016 - Three Tornadoes near Minneola and Dodge City, KS

I actually saw/photographed five tornadoes on this day, but a couple of them were low-contrast from my viewpoint so are not included here.

Tornado 1 - 12-mile path, up to 300 yards wide, Rated EF-3:

Video of this tornado can be seen here

. Tornado 4 - 17.4 mile path, up to 3/4 mile wide, Rated EF-2:

Video of this tornado can be seen here

. Tornado 5 - 10.2 mile path, up to 100 yards wide, Rated EF-3:

In this picture, the roping-out Tornado 4 is at the left and the new Tornado 5 is at the right.

Video of this tornado can be seen here

August 19, 2009, northwest of Roodhouse, IL

I watched this tornado from just north of Roodhouse, IL, beginning around 2:15 p.m., looking to the west-northwest. This tornado continued to the northeast, causing significant damage in Manchester, IL. You can see video of the tornado here.

June 6, 2014, Three Tornadoes east of Trinidad, CO

Tornado 1

Tornado 2

Tornado 3

The first of these three tornadoes was on the ground for about 35 minutes and was rated high-end EF-1. I was over 40 miles away when I saw it, and gradually worked my way toward it. In the last picture, it is roping out and a new meso is forming to the left. This new meso would produce the second and third tornadoes. The second one was brief, lasting only a minute or so, but about five minutes after that, the third tornado, also rated high-end EF-1, formed and was on the ground for about 14 minutes. I was within 20 miles or so of this tornado.

September 29, 2014, west of Chama, NM

This tornado had a track 2.3 miles long and .4 mile wide at its widest point. It destroyed or severely damaged several ranch buildings and blew down dozens, perhaps hundreds, of trees. Rated high-end EF-1, it was only the second tornado on record ever in Rio Arriba County, NM. Video of the tornado can be seen here.

April 23, 2010, near Hawk Point, MO

This was the second of two short-lived tornadoes that occurred near Hawk Point, MO around 7:30 p.m. You can see video of this tornado here.

April 23, 2010, between Warrenton and Truxton, MO

About 20 minutes before the Hawk Point tornado, the same storm produced a brief multiple-vortex tornado about midway between Warrenton and Truxton, MO. I was not sure at the time whether this was a tornado or just funnel clouds, but when Storm Data came out, the National Weather Service confirmed that it was a tornado. You can see video of this tornado here

May 16, 2016 SW of Texline, TX

This tornado was rated EF-1 by the National Weather Service in Amarillo, TX.

May 25, 2011, near Greasy Corner, AR

This nicely backlit tornado began with condensation rising from the ground to meet the funnel above, became a nice elephant trunk, and then a series of funnels with dust swirls underneath. It was on the ground intermittently for 3 minutes or so and stayed in open country. Video available here.

May 25, 2011, southeast of Augusta, AR

This tornado took the form of a nub funnel with a dust swirl, which for a time was quite intense, underneath the funnel. The dust swirl does not show up well in this picture, but I actually saw it before I saw the funnel above it. The tornado lasted about two minutes. Video available here.

June 4, 2008, near Danvers, IL

This tornado began as a stout stovepipe and evolved into a multiple vortex structure. It was on the ground for 20 minutes, as it moved slowly, about 20-25 mph, toward the east-northeast. It mostly stayed in open or wooded country, blowing down a lot of trees but causing very little structural damage as it missed most of the farm buildings in the area. The middle picture above contrasts the tornado as it appeared early in its life to how it appeared when a bright flash of lightning briefly front-lit it.

May 22, 2016, near Howardwick, TX

This is the ropeout of this tornado, which lasted about 10 minutes and was rated EF-1. A poor road decision cost me the chance for a better and longer view of this tornado.

May 11, 2014, near Larned, KS

This tornado, somewhat rain-wrapped from some viewpoints, caused damage to farm buildings just west of Larned, but fortunately lifted before reaching the town.

April 15, 1998, near Red Bud, IL

This rather large but weak tornado touched down a little west of Red Bud (video capture). The storm also produced golfball sized hail.

April 16, 2006, near Assumption, IL

I wasn't sure this was a tornado at first, but other chasers and spotters who were closer confirmed that it was. (The pictures above are video captures.) You can see a truncated lowering above the dust swirl. Later the same day, I saw a much stronger (EF2) and more long-lasting tornado from another storm near Effingham, but was unable to photograph it as the tornado dropped while I was driving through town.

May 5, 2001, near Cordell, OK

This rather poor video capture was the only picture I got of this tornado near Cordell, OK. The tornado dropped just as I was driving through the town. Do you see a pattern here?

December 23, 1996, near Evansville, IL

This picture was taken during the early stages of a F1 tornado that destroyed a bowling alley and damaged several houses and a church in Evansville, IL two days before Christmas. It was my first tornado observed while storm chasing. In one location, the tornado downed several large trees while leaving Christmas decorations on a nearby fence untouched. The tornado occurred with an HP supercell embedded in a squall line.

June 7, 2007, near Carrolton, MO

This brief and weak tornado crossed U.S. 65 just south of Carrolton, MO (video capture). It only lasted for a minute or so. A tornado warning had been issued a few minutes earlier based on radar indication of rotation in this area.

May 28, 2003, near Lincoln, IL

This storm produced tornadoes, gustnadoes, and some vortices that may have fallen somewhere in between. I thought this may have been a gustnado at first, but the facts that 1) it persisted for at least 7 minutes and maybe more like 10 (the two video captures above are about 3-4 minutes apart), and 2) there did appear to be some rotation in the clouds above it led me to classify it as a weak tornadic circulation instead.

July 27, 1997, southeast side of Quad Cities area, IL

Like the one above near Lincoln, this tornado just southeast of the "Big I" freeway interchange on the southeast side of the Quad Cities had no condensation funnel. But the clouds were rotating strongly above the dust swirl (you can see this by looking at the relative positions of the lowered clouds in the front and back above the dust swirl), so what was going on at ground level was clearly tied to rotation in the clouds above. This seems to have formed as the leading edge of a bow echo interacted with an outflow boundary from another storm to its northeast.

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