European and other Non USA tornado video

Bill Hark

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After researching and compiling eastern United States tornado video, I found over two hours of amazing video to place on a DVD for weather enthusiasts, chasers, spotters and researchers. This from an area of the US not known for great tornado video.

With the recent wild tornado video from Belgium, I started thinking that there is enough non USA tornado video to make a similar compilation. I have seen great tornado video from England, Belgium, Spain, South Africa, Canada, Australia and Brazil. Many of these videos are shown for a few seconds on the news, then forgotten. Occasionally, clips are posted on the web, but these are often removed after a few days to make room for other videos. I already cannot find the really cool 2004 tornado video from Santa Catarina, Brazil.

I hope someone takes an interest in Non-United States tornadoes and compiles a DVD. It would be a difficult but not impossible task. The internet makes locating videos relatively easy. I found that most amateur videographers gave me permission to use their video without charge provided I gave them credit and a copy of the project. I am tired after my Eastern USA tornado project and too busy to undertake something new but maybe somebody else will become interested. I have given some video links below to stimulate interest.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EvKaF6jXyM

Brazil tornado
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDRSJhZJR0o

Australian Tornado
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngbWU1GuCfM

Birmingham UK tornado
http://edge.channel4.com/news/2005/07/week_4/28_tornado.wmv


Bill Hark
Eastern Fury: Tornadoes of the Eastern United States
http://www.harkphoto.com/EasternFury.html
 
The British video was interesting to me for these reasons:

1. Their use of 100mph (I wonder why they didn't use 160kph)

2. The witness saying it felt like Florida (I wonder if he was through a hurricane or two, because that's certainly not too often like Florida, that is, for a tornado to often come through, as aren't most waterspouts that come ashore or tropical cyclone associated?)
 
Kind of nice to hear about Imperial Measurement:) Wonder if some still prefer Fahrenheit over celsius?

I agree, it would be stupendous if one were to start archiving European/other footage. Reports from areas outside the US don't seem to be at all common.

Pat
 
Here's one other tornado video. This short non-USA clip is listed as being from Russia. I suspect there is other video of this tornado since it was easily visible in a populated area.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sm2JsFCJnKE

For those who haven't used Youtube, there has been a steady stream of interesting tornado video from around the world. Put "tornado", "funnel cloud" or "waterspout" in the search area, then click on "recently added."


Bill Hark
Tornado DVD from eastern United States
http://www.harkphoto.com/EasternFury.html
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If I remember right the Moscow area got popped fairly good by a tornado "outbreak" back in the 1980s - don't recall the exact date at the moment... googling should turn up something though.

That was a nice looking tornado for Russia - I guess, considering I don't remember ever having seen video of a Russian tornado :)

Thanks for drawing our attention to the post!

Pat
 
Tornado videos from Germany

Hi all,

this is actually my first posting here but I am reading in this forum since long ago. My name is Lars Lowinski, I am from srn Germany (Munich) and actively chasing since 2001. I´ve been to the Plains this spring (from May 5th until May 23rd) for the 1st time, but my chase vacation there has been rather unimpressive, weatherwise ;) . At least the storms on May 9th in ern Ok were very nice, even without a tornado.
Bill, I know of several pics and videoclips of tornadoes from Germany. I haven´t found any of these on youtube yet.

http://www.saevert.de/bilder/tornados/060327heidenau1.avi
Tornado sw of Hamburg in nrn Germany on March 27th, 2006

http://www.saevert.de/bilder/tornados/060327harburg_wiederhold1.avi
F2-Tornado that struck an industrial area in the srn suburbs of Hamburg on March 27th, 2006. Also, check ou this photo which shows the vortex right in the middle of an area of commercial buildings http://www1.ndr.de/ndrde/ndrde_pages_magnifier/0,3171,OID2439852_CON2444052_POS11_SIX0,00.html
Two people were killed by this tornado.

http://www.saevert.de/bilder/040718niederrhein/040718toenisvorst_mpg_version.mpeg
One of two tornadoes that struck in the evening of July 18th, 2004 in nwrn Germany.

And, last but not least, wonderful footage of several waterspouts on lake Starnberg (sw of Munich in srn Germany) on September 17th, 2005 from a fellow chaser in Munich:

http://www.stieglmair.de/bilder/170905.mpg
These photogenic vortices developed along a small convergence zone right on the lake, during weak northerly flow in cold, wet weather. The lake was still warm, though.

Best regards,
Lars
 
Canadian tornadoes and funnels!

Long posting here, I know. But there's quite a few clips I came up with to show you guys of some tornadoes and funnels north of the border.

This one is of the Edmonton Tornado which struck on July 31, 1987. It was an F4, probably bordering on F5. This was the most powerful twister recorded in Canadian history. Most of this vid in this link below shows damage and accounts by those who saw it, but the tornado itself can be seen at the beginning and near the end as a wedge.
http://archives.cbc.ca/IDC-1-70-1713-11760/disasters_tragedies/tornadoes/clip8

The Edmonton tornado lasted about an hour and came out of what was clearly a large classic supercell, from what I can tell from pics and stuff. The tornado took on a wide variety of shapes during its lifetime, starting out as a thin rope, then a cone. By the time it reached Edmonton's southeast suburbs, the condensation funnel mostly disappeared, but it was still strengthening and wreaking havoc. As it reached a large oil refinery area east of Edmonton, it became a stovepipe/wedge and apparently stayed that way as it tore right across the river and tore through a trailer park before dissipating somewhere northeast of the city.

The video caps below show its various shapes pretty well and a large wall cloud in the topmost centre cap, despite the quality.
http://www.ontariostorms.com/1987/jul31/index.html

If you ask whether I saw it with my own eyes, unfortunately the answer is no. I was in a small town in Southern Alberta at the time. But I clearly remember seeing impressive looking thunderheads in the distance off to the northwest at the time.

Not a true tornado, but a nice little funnel cloud nevertheless. This one was at Langdon, AB east of Calgary on July, 2006. Check out the parent cloud rotation.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuloGU7L4KQ

Large ominous funnel seen from Winnipeg, MB on August 20,2006.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZmwBDqmcV0

Large white funnel near Winnipeg, MB on Aug 20, 2006 - probably the same one from the previous clip above. The large building below is the Stoney Mountain Penitentiary - I hope the sight of this thing scared the crap out of the bad guys there!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTr3SthR1Lk

Tornado (looks more like a really tall landspout - unfortunately not the best quality!), filmed from London, ON in 2003.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E96-MIxG_xs

Long Point, ON on the north shore of Lake Erie Aug. 4, 1999 - Nice tornado!
http://www.ontariostorms.com/movies/longpoint.asf

Guelph (about 100 km or 62 miles west of Toronto), ON Jul 17, 2000 - shows briefly a tornado which struck Guelph causing damage consistent with an F2.
http://www.ontariostorms.com/2000/jul/17/guelph.asf

Segment from CTV News which shows an F0 elephant trunk-shaped tornado near Lethbridge, AB, about 210 km (130 miles) southeast of Calgary, AB. Also, a wall cloud with a very white (overexposed?) hailshaft to the left is shown about 2 minutes into the video clip. The Canadian storm chaser George Kourounis is featured speaking in this clip as well.
Beware - this clip is about 30 MB!
http://www.ontariostorms.com/movies/2005-jun22-ctvnewsnet-768kbps.wmv
 
Hi

Here's some tornado footage from the Southern Hemisphere. This tornado was filmed in 1998 when it went through an informal settlement as well as an airfield just outside a town called Harrismith, in the Eastern Freestate region of South Africa. It happened at about 15:00 on the 15th of November, which is during our early summer/late spring storm season. I apologise for the quality. All clips cover the same event, but there's different angles of the tornado in every clip.

Clip 1

Clip 2

Clip 3


If you're interested in South African Tornadic events, please see the links in this post :

South African Summer

J.
 
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Jannes, thank you very much for the South African tornado video. I remember seeing that video but couldn't locate it on the web. Great stuff. I love flying debris.

Bill Hark


Here's some tornado footage from the Southern Hemisphere. This tornado was filmed in 1998 when it went through an informal settlement as well as an airfield just outside a town called Harrismith, in the Eastern Freestate region of South Africa. It happened at about 15:00 on the 15th of November, which is during our early summer/late spring storm season. I apologise for the quality. All clips cover the same event, but there's different angles of the tornado in every clip.

Clip 1

Clip 2

Clip 3
 
Great suggestion, Bill. I hope someone takes you up on it. I don't know anyone who can spare the time. It's nice to see video documentation of such events from outside the U.S. Though video & pics are routinely pirated and miscredited on sites such as youtube, the web has certainly made the world a "smaller" place, and made such documentation readily available. Great links by all who supplied. Thanks.
 
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