Watch The Slow Mo Guys Build An Fire Tornado


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If you love tornadoes and fire, this video is for you!  The YouTube channel The Slow Mo Guys got 12 box fans and built a fire in the middle.  After all the fans are turned on, you are left to see an amazing fire tornado.  And of course it’s in slow motion, enjoy!

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Watch Spectacular Weather / Storm Videography In The Chase


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If you are a weather geek like me, then you need to drop everything and watch this stunning video about weather in the Great Plains now!  The YouTube channel Mike Olbinski put out a video in 4K called The Chase.  Mike spent 14 days storm chasing in the Great Plains in the states (New Mexico, Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota) and he shot over 45,000 frames of footage for this film.

The video includes gorgeous shots of supercells, storms, clouds, lightning, sunsets, and even a tornado.  Wow, what some spectacular videography, enjoy!

Crowdsourcing Mornings: The Sirens Project


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This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

The purpose of The Sirens Project is to provide meteorologists and engineers with valuable surface data inside of tornadoes that will lead to more reliable warnings and structures. To show the immense applications that unmanned aerial vehicles posses is another aspect of this research project.  To achieve this, they will be using specially designed and equipped UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) in order to probe the tornado for valuable information.  Their UAVs are coupled with a sensor package that is able to record barometric pressure, temperature, and relative humidity. Each data point will be related to a specific GPS coordiante, including elevation.

In turn, a 3-Dimensional representation of the sensor package inside the tornado will be rendered. This will allow meteorologists and engineers to essentially have access to the first MRI of a tornado.  Their UAV design is based off of a deltawing style aircraft. This will allow them to reach high speeds while maintaining necessary control in high wind environments.  A long range FPV (First Person View) system will allow them to safely deploy their sensor package from several miles away. The electronics of the sensor package are surrounded by a thick polycarbonate case, allowing for great impact resistance as well as superb electrical transmission. The sensor package acts much like the “black box” on a commercial airliner. It is designed to survive the harsh environment inside the tornado even if the UAV does not.

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As of October 13th, this project has raised around $3,800 of their $10,000 goal. This project only has 23 days left to raise the $10,000 or it will not be funded!  For a pledge of $5, you will get five incredible high resolution The Sirens Project related desktop backgrounds.  For a pledge of $40, you will get an EF-5 sized thank you from The Sirens Project, five high resolution desktop backgrounds, “Sirens Project” vinyl window sticker, project T-shirt, and their documentary film.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1517270439/the-sirens-project-uav-tornado-research

Incredible Videos And Pictures From The 2014 Nebraska Tornado Outbreak


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What a day in weather.  Today, a major tornado outbreak occurred in Nebraska.  Twin tornadoes struck the town of Pilger Nebraska.  And the damage was extensive!  So below, here are some of the best pictures and videos from the twin tornadoes today.

The April 27-30 Severe Weather Outbreak In The Southeast


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This week, the southeast experienced a major severe weather outbreak.  There were multiple reports of tornadoes, damaging winds, large hail, and severe flooding.  Things got started on Sunday in Arkansas when a powerful EF4 tornado tore through Mayflower and Vilonia Arkansas.  Extreme damage was caused.

On Monday, a lot of tornadoes struck across Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, and other states.  Here are some damage pictures on Twitter and some amazing tornado videos.

On Wednesday, major flooding took place along the Alabama and NW Florida Gulf Coasts.  The area got 15-25 inches of rain in 24 hours, and that is going to cause major flooding.  Many roads were washed out, rivers rose to record flooding levels, and many homes received flood damage.  Remember, if the road ahead of you is covered with water, turn around and don’t drown!

At the end, some had a little fun with James Spann!

So, the people in Alabama and the southeast will need our help!  Volunteers have been out in the damage zones clearing damage since the storms struck.  If you can not volunteer, you can still help!  You can send money to the American Red Cross or The Salvation Army to help with the relief effort. To donate to the American Red Cross, donate online by clicking here. Or donate $10 by texting the word “REDCROSS” to 90999. For donations to The Salvation Army, donate online by clicking here. Or donate $10 by texting the word “STORM” to 80888.

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