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Friday, 21 October 2011


It’s been far too long since my last post. Most of that is due to the lack of anything interesting to discuss in the weather world. It is during this time of year that most storm chasers have had their eyes open for possible tornado setups across the Great Plains, at least for the past several weeks. It’s true that the typical peak in the tornado season is during the spring and early summer. But sometimes the autumn season offers some pretty spectacular tornado outbreaks as well, and is sometimes referred to as the second tornado season. It’s just that this year’s fall season seems to be a dud.

But I wouldn’t completely write it off just yet. Even though it’s a long shot, November can sometimes bring tornadoes to some pretty unlikely places. On November 12, 2005, Iowa was hit with thirteen confirmed tornadoes. This made it the largest tornado outbreak in November for Iowa. I chased the tornado that hit Gilbert, Iowa on this day. Below is a clip of some of the footage I shot (part 2 of 3).



Speaking of big November tornado outbreaks, there was another that occurred back on November 10, 2002. But this outbreak occurred over the Southeastern U.S. and Ohio! Eighty-three tornadoes hit 17 states between November 9th and 11th. Some of the most significant occurred on November 10 which included a F4 tornado that hit Van Wert, Ohio. A link to a video of that tornado I found on youtube is listed below. (This is not my footage).


Since there are no tornado setups to discuss and there has not been any recent tornado footage in the U.S. to show (at least that I’m aware of), I thought I’d share a link to some impressive tornado footage from South Africa. On October 3rd, this tornado was captured on video near Dudza, South Africa. It’s pretty amazing video and something I would expect to see in Kansas or Oklahoma in May…not in South Africa!


Until next time…hopefully sooner than later…