2013 Year in Tornadoes – The Good and Bad

2013 Year in Tornadoes – The Good and Bad

2013 has, fortunately, been a relatively quiet year for tornadoes.  Normally, about 1200 twisters touch down in the U.S. each year with only 739  being recorded in 2013 so far.  However, the number of tornado deaths is still troubling.  As of September 30th, 45 people have been killed in tornadoes in 2013 – the same … Continue reading

Tornado Shelter Interest in Tennessee

Tornado Shelter Interest in Tennessee

Tornado shelter interest is running high across Middle Tennessee in the wake of the killer tornadoes in Oklahoma last month.   Shelters save a lot of lives in the Moore, Oklahoma, EF-5 of May 20th and not one person in a shelter was killed.   This article from the Tennessean newspaper in Nashville looks into the increasing … Continue reading

Message of Safety During Large Tornadoes

Message of Safety During Large Tornadoes

In the meteorological community, there’s a lot of debate following the recent EF-5 tornadoes in Oklahoma during the last two weeks of May.  Some of the debate centers on the EF-5 classification of the El Reno, Oklahoma, tornado on May 31st.  This storm was originally classified an EF-3 based on damage but was upgraded to … Continue reading

The Inherent Dangers of Storm Chasing

The Inherent Dangers of Storm Chasing

It’s a very sad day for the storm chasing community.  Veteran storm chaser, researcher and meteorologist featured on Discovery Channel’s Storm Chasers, Tim Samaras, his son, Paul, and chase partner Carl Young, were all killed while chasing the El Reno, Oklahoma, tornado on Friday, May 31st.  This is the same tornado that flipped the GMC … Continue reading

Inside a Large Tornado

Inside a Large Tornado

Sean Casey is an IMAX movie maker and for the past several years has been making an annual pilgrimage to the Plains to film and intercept tornadoes for his IMAX movie, Tornado Alley.  Perhaps even more well known for his Tornado Intercept Vehicles (TIV1 and TIV2), his mission has been chronicled for years on Discovery … Continue reading