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Old 05-09-2008, 10:34 PM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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Sorry for the off-the-wall question, but maybe someone will know.

On one of our local Atlanta stations today (Fri 5/10) they showed what they said was new(er) footage of a tornado and I do think I heard them say it was taken in Kansas.

This video they billed as by far one of the sharpest and clearest tornado videos of all time. Someone was standing no more than 300ft from the base of it. It was a tan colored thin funnel that went up into the cloud above, but the skies surrounding it was sunny and blue. Again, the cameraman was VERY close, aiming up to get the entire length in. A few crazy storm chasers were literally running toward the base to get even closer video I think.

Well, our local news in their wisdom didn't post it on the web site, and they never reply with inquries about stuff like this. Does anyone know what I'm talking about, and if so, have a link where you can see clear video (non youtube quality) of it? Thanks.
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Old 05-11-2008, 09:34 AM
 
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I assume you are speaking of the tornadoes in SE Kansas, NE Oklahoma and SW Missouri yesterday. Check the local news media. This area is near Joplin, MO. I would search Joplin news media. Here are a couple links with video.

KOAM TV 7 Joplin and Pittsburg News Weather Sports |KOAM Homepage (Joplin, MO)
FourStateshomepage.com - Home Page (Joplin, MO)
NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com | Home (Tulsa, OK)
NewsChannel 8 - Coverage You Can Count On (Tulsa, OK)
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Old 05-11-2008, 10:21 AM
 
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No, the tornado the original poster saw was filmed early last week in western Kansas. I saw it too. Jim Reed is the storm chaser. You should be able to find it on jimreedphoto.com, or check kmbc.com to see if they still have it posted. I thought it was CGI when I first saw it. I've lived in Kansas most of my life, and I have never seen any storm chaser delightedly run toward the base of a cyclonic storm like the guy in the video. Crazy!
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Old 05-11-2008, 11:32 PM
 
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Video (http://www.kmbc.com/video/16216631/index.html - broken link)
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Old 05-12-2008, 11:44 AM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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Video (http://www.kmbc.com/video/16216631/index.html - broken link)
That's it! Bravo to you!

Thanks. I really appreciate you all finding this. Ok, maybe I'm not tornado savy, but after having watched this video, I'm confused. While there were some storm clouds in the background, I was looking at this thing and the way it was moving along the ground, spinning, the cloud locations just before the video ented, etc. Are you all sure this just wasn't one of those rare monster dust devils that appear out West from time to time? They're not that common to be THAT huge, but when they DO appear, they do really look like tornadoes (only act differently).

This one at first glance does look tornadoish, but also looks like a big dust devel too. It might also explain why he was bold enough to run toward the thing, too! lol

ADD: After I posted this a customer came in while I was showing this video to some coworkers. Now I don't know this customer very well, but he says he grew up in New Mexico when his dad was in the military, and he said this is as I had wondered - a huge dirt devel. He said he had seen several over the years back West and that now and again they do get this large and do look very much like tornadoes. Out there they usually occur on completely clear skies, but he said if you plunk one down with storm clouds around it, he could understand how people would immediately mistake it for a funnel. He says he's seen the Jim Reed site before and thinks the guy takes incredible storm shots, but says he thinks the guy is super smart and would never have approached a real tornado on foot like that toward the base (but knew you could do it with a dust devil). Plus there would have been more wind that close to the base, and it would have been moving across the ground faster, etc etc.

Anyway, that was this guy's opinion so I'm sharing it, but regardless of what that thing was, it's still incredible weather video.

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Old 05-19-2008, 03:20 PM
 
Location: So Cal/AZ
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I was in Chanute during the storms, it rained very hard a few times and was very windy. Athough there was constant tornado warnings we never saw one.
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Old 08-08-2009, 09:58 AM
 
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Default Tornado, not a dust devil!

By now, August 2009, it is surely known that Jim Reed apporached and videographed a stationary, dying tornado at the outer edge of a thunderstorm. He appeared that week on network t.v. and we storm chasers are the most qualified to make judgements such as his. Risky ? You bet ! But a once-in-a-lifetime chance and he took it. Desert dust devils do, indeed, get this wide and wider but they do not form in macro climates, but are the result of surface warming and surface winds. I have chased those as well, and they can generate damaging winds, enough to topple mobile homes. They won't, however, show up on weather radar as did this one. No doubt, this is a tornado and a rare piece of documentary footage. Congratualtions to Jim Reed !
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Old 08-10-2009, 06:35 PM
 
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Like watching them on TV or from a big distance, not so much to be in one or close to one!
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Old 08-13-2009, 07:28 AM
 
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Brave storm chaser great footage, hope he never turns around and sees something like this....




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Old 08-13-2009, 07:32 AM
 
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wow! That's an amazing picture!
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