Since many people have never seen a tornado, especially a powerful one, I thought I’d share this clip. This was shot by a crew of storm chasers working for a TV station and it was filmed in May of this year, in Kansas.
Of special interest, notice how the funnel of the tornado was causing a lot of damage before the bottom of the funnel even touched the ground. This is an example of how observable winds can cause effects that are quite a ways away from the observable and measurable wind.
This was a strong tornado, but it wasn’t an especially ‘big’ one. Initially looking at it, it doesn’t seem all that powerful, either, but what happens next shows that it was a lot stronger than it first appeared.