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05/10/2016 06:46:03 PM · #1
I hooked up with this via 21.gif Hahn23's Facebook page. Incredible, just incredible.

Up close and personal; the thrill of the storm chase...
05/10/2016 08:05:38 PM · #2
Wow. Nature is just incredible. Terrifying power.
05/11/2016 07:21:24 AM · #3
Dan-ge-rous. Incredible.
05/11/2016 10:13:16 AM · #4
God help us!
For special effects it's an Oscar; I wish it was only that.
The sky poured lava
05/11/2016 11:10:03 AM · #5
Impressive!
05/11/2016 11:30:43 AM · #6
"I'm out of gas"????????????????

Not the words you want to hear when chasing tornadoes...

Very interesting. I thought they traveled around a lot, zig zagged, changed directions. That one looked almost anchored to one place, then moved very slowly.

And there seemed to be a whole parade of chasers...
05/11/2016 01:27:44 PM · #7
Originally posted by tanguera:

Very interesting. I thought they traveled around a lot, zig zagged, changed directions. That one looked almost anchored to one place, then moved very slowly.

And there seemed to be a whole parade of chasers...

Tornado behavior is very erratic. They do, in fact, sometimes park themselves for a bit, and they do have it in them to change direction on a whim. That's why storm chasing is so dangerous, of course. But, as you noticed, there are a LOT of people that do it these days. Traffic jams are not unheard of :-)
05/11/2016 01:46:35 PM · #8
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

...as you noticed, there are a LOT of people that do it these days. Traffic jams are not unheard of :-)


Indeed, it seems to get more popular as time goes by, most likely fed by the boom in on-line video sharing.

Notice that the chasers were actually doing just that, they were coming in from behind, catching up to a point, then stopping and waiting for it to move away. Though a tornado can shift direction, it does follow the cell, which is typically moving at speeds from 25mph to 50mph in a predictable direction. So the tornado can't really reverse course in the long term. That said, those guys were getting a lot closer than I'd ever want to be, back side or not.
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