Weather can be fascinating and beautiful to observe. With the use of technology these days, it is becoming easier for people to record video. Over the past few days, there have been incredible footage of tornadoes and lightning. Weather can be unpredictable, as you will see in the videos below.
A tornado in Watford, North Dakota developed on May 26, 2014. The tornado pushed through a fairly rural area, but a couple of guys were caught in the middle of this storm with really no where to go. The video submitted by Dan Yorgason is simply amazing. You can really see how a tornado spins as it gets really close to them. Warning: video contains strong language.
Storm chaser Scott Sheppard gets hit by lightning while shooting video out the window near Fairburn, South Dakota.The footage was recorded on May 27, 2014. Scott was in his vehicle when lightning randomly struck his vehicle. The lightning strike hit his arm and traveled towards the ground. Once it made it to the ground, the strike instantly blew a hole in the pavement. The vehicle no longer works, and Scott’s arm is sore. Fortunately, no one was seriously hurt or injured. Check out this incredible and scary footage that was recorded on that day.
Bottom line: Mother nature is full of surprises, and you never know what can happen until it is too late. It is a reminder to us all that we should respect nature as it continues to be mysterious and dangerous.
When he's not keeping EarthSky's community up-to-date on global weather happenings, meteorologist Matt Daniel is the weekend Meteorologist for 13WMAZ (CBS) in Macon, Georgia. He is also a freelance weather producer for CNN. He has contributed to articles to MSN Weather and worked with the National Weather Service. Matt graduated from The University of Georgia where he obtained a degree in Geography and a certificate in Atmospheric Sciences and Music Business. 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.