Monday, January 7, 2013

Train Loses to Tornado.

Five Years ago today, Surveillance video on a railroad locomotive operating near Lawrence IL captured some of the most nerve wracking video I've ever seen of what occurs when a train crosses paths with an F2 tornado. To my knowledge, no one was injured thankfully but man! what a ride that must have been! The storm produced two rare January F3 tornadoes when everything was said and done...

But then if that weren't enough, someone goes and build a mock-up of the event using their model railroad setup and a leaf blower. And it's pretty damned funny!

Reminder: Midwest Storm Chasing Convention 1/26/13

Just a reminder that the convention is fast approaching! I've been attending this convention number two.

It's a great way to get a fix of all things storm related and meet with fellow local chasers while we wait for the 2013 season to begin to wind up.

The organizers always manage to snag some great speakers, and seats fill quickly.

So don't miss out!

Details can be found here.

Hope to see you there!

2012 Tornado Statistics

Greg Carbin from the Storm Prediction Center produced this annual report.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Animated Breakdown of Severe Thunderstorm and Tornado Warnings issued in 2012

No doubt they'll be adding this to a long term animated warning history.

Say ten years?

How useful could that be to chasers?

It's a very facinating, unique, informative :30 second display.