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Tornadoes

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See a Tornado

Tornadoes are an incredible weather phenomenon. Since it's unlikely that you'll be able to see an actual tornado, experience the next best thing by visiting these sites with photographs and videos of tornadoes.


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Tornado Videos

FEMA Tornado Video
Video courtesy of FEMA

Photo Collections

NOAA Photo Library Severe Storm Images
This site offers images from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the U.S. government. Great pictures of tornadoes, as well as lightning and hail. NOAA has over 25,000 photographs on its site. This is a great place to look for photos.

National Severe Storms Laboratory Slide Archive
These are photographs taken by meteorologists and other scientists doing official storm research. Contains photographs and explanations of the type of weather being displayed in the picture.

Jim Leonard's Tornado Gallery
Photographs taken by one of the most famous storm chasers out there.

The Spencer South Dakota Tornado of May 1998
This site contains information about the most destructive tornado in South Dakota's history. Included are a track of the tornado, meteorological data, and lots of pictures of the tornado and its aftermath.

Valparaiso University Storm Intercept Team Photo Gallery
Find photographs of tornadoes taken by meteorology students and meteorology faculty of Valparaiso University in Indiana. This site also contains some chase logs of what they saw and did as they were following the tornadoes.

Wild Weather.com
This site contains pictures of tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and other extreme weather conditions.