Over the past week (May 20-27, 2013), we have seen many intense videos of large tornadoes on the ground. Out of all of the videos we have seen, I think these four videos rank as the most amazing. Two of these videos are not from the U.S. Central Plains, and in fact, one of them is not even in the United States. It’s a reminder that, while tornadoes are most common in the U.S. Central Plains, they can impact anyone on most parts of the globe. Also, as you watch this footage, please remember two things you should always do when it comes to capturing tornadoes on film. You should always go to your safe spot and avoid filming the storm, if you are in harms way. You should always keep your path of travel from intersecting that of a tornado!
This first video was recorded in Bahia Honda in the Florida Keys on May 22, 2013. In this video, WaterspoutVideo.com was there documenting the event from the inside of the waterspout. Amazing footage!
Incredible video of a tornado recorded in Russia on May 22, 2013. The tornado was located in Yefremov, a city in Russia’s Tula region some 300 kilometers (200 miles) from Moscow. According to Reuters, at least 15 people were injured from this tornado and that at least 80 buildings and 50 cars were damaged.
The next video was filmed on Monday, May 27, 2013 in Kansas. More about this video from its producers:
Brandon Ivey and Sean Casey got inside of a violent wedge tornado today. Brandon shot this insane footage of the TIV2 (tornado intercept vehicle) inside of a violent wedge tornado northeast of Smith Center, Kansas over eastern Smith County.
The final video shows the beginning of the monster EF-5 tornado that swept through Moore, Oklahoma on May 20, 2013 and eventually killed 24 people. The video begins in Newcastle, Oklahoma. Charles Cook filmed it.
Bottom line: The past week (May 20-27, 2013) has been extremely active for tornadoes across the globe, and with the help of smart phones, getting events have been easier than ever to record deadly storms on video. Although these videos are simply amazing to watch, no one should ever be this close to any tornado! Never risk your life to get that perfect shot!
Matt Daniel is weekend Meteorologist for 13WMAZ (CBS) in Macon, Georgia, and founder of the blog Athens GA Weather. He's a self-described "big weather and music geek" and has produced weather content for CNN, MSN Weather and EarthSky. He has a passion for helping to keep people safe when severe weather strikes and says if you don't have a NOAA Weather Radio ... you should get one.