Last Night's Destructive Tornado in S.C. Is the Best Argument for Getting a Weather Radio

Dennis Mersereau · 09/25/15 03:12PM

Last night, a destructive tornado tore through a community near Charleston, S.C., destroying homes and lofting debris tens of thousands of feet into the air. Tornadoes were not in the forecast last night—this happened largely by surprise. Owning a weather radio is your best defense against unexpected natural disasters like this.

Video Appears to Show Terrifying Encounter With a Large Tornado in Italy

Dennis Mersereau · 07/08/15 02:40PM

Two videos posted to Facebook this afternoon appear to show an Italian’s intense run-in with a large tornado that tore through the northeastern town of Mira, a community near the coast of the Adriatic Sea just a couple of miles west of Venice. The tornado tore apart buildings and pelted the car with debris as one occupant inside dutifully recorded the dangerous encounter.

Dennis Mersereau · 05/31/15 12:17PM

Today is the two-year anniversary of the largest tornado ever recorded. The tornado, a multiple-vortex EF-3 (by damage, EF-5 by radar measurements) grew to an astonishing width of 2.6 miles at its widest. The storm killed eight people, including three highly experienced storm chasers caught by the tornado’s explosive growth and erratic movement of the smaller vortices within the larger circulation.

Man Takes Harrowing Video as a Powerful Tornado Destroys His Business

Dennis Mersereau · 12/29/14 11:56PM

An outbreak of severe weather across the southeastern United States last week produced six tornadoes, one of which produced major damage in the small Mississippi town of Columbia. Within one of the many buildings destroyed by this tornado's 165 MPH winds was a man who caught the whole ordeal on video.

Two Years Later, Remembering Mobile's Christmas Day Tornado

Dennis Mersereau · 12/25/14 03:34PM

Two years ago today, a large EF-2 tornado tore through the center of Mobile, Alabama, causing significant damage and injuring several people. Aside from helping put to rest the myth that tornadoes can't hit cities, the storm came perilously close to being a disaster.

Scientists Create Spectacular 3-D Model of an EF-5 Tornado in Oklahoma

Dennis Mersereau · 11/04/14 01:25PM

A group of scientists have created an absolutely spectacular 3-D computer simulation of an EF-5 tornado that tore through central Oklahoma on May 24, 2011. The animations show the mesmerizing mechanics of how nature's most violent storms form and operate.

Tennessee Man Stands on Porch and Films Tornado 20 Feet Away

Dennis Mersereau · 07/28/14 12:09PM

A man in Gray, Tennessee stood on his porch yesterday afternoon and filmed a small tornado no more than 20 feet away from his house. The tornado swept across the street and passed between his and his neighbor's homes, pelting the man with debris as he rushed to go back inside.

Gov. Cuomo Talks About Tornadoes, Knows Nothing About Tornadoes

Dennis Mersereau · 07/09/14 12:45PM

After touring damage in central New York left behind by yesterday's strong tornado that killed four people, Governor Andrew Cuomo said "We don't get tornadoes in New York, right? Anyone will tell you that. Well, we do now." Except he's wrong. Really wrong. Really, really wrong.

Tornado Backdrop Gives Couple the Most Badass Wedding Photos Ever

Dennis Mersereau · 07/06/14 09:37PM

A couple in Saskatchewan, Canada got a better backdrop than they bargained for when a tornado touched down a couple miles down the road from the wedding. The photographer took full advantage of nature's fury and took the most badass wedding photos ever taken.

Oops: Weather Service Issues Tornado Warning 18 Minutes After Tornado

Dennis Mersereau · 07/03/14 05:08PM

While the National Weather Service is often on top of their game when it comes to severe weather, sometimes they miss the mark and make a major error. In this case, they failed to issue a tornado warning on a confirmed tornado until 18 minutes after it first showed up on radar.

Remembering the Jarrell, Texas Tornado

Dennis Mersereau · 05/27/14 03:26PM

Today is the 17th anniversary of the Jarrell, Texas tornado, and Kinja user and weather enthusiast Stephen Uzick has a good write-up about the incredible dynamics that went into producing this deadly F5 tornado back in 1997.