Thursday, December 6, 2012

We Can Learn From This Italian Tornado Video

  1. This video of last week's Taranto, Italy Tornado illustrates that we Italians, regardless of living in the U.S. or Italy, get excited by tornadoes and major weather.
  2. You can hear the "waterfall" sound of a tornado at about the 2:07. 
  3. You can hear the lower frequency sound of a tornado (sometimes described as a "freight train") starting about 2:41.
  4. It resembles the April 27, 2011, Tuscaloosa Tornado a great deal (see below). I think this tornado was at least F-4 intensity!
  5. It is the best video example I have ever seen of the old rule that says, "If a tornado appears to be getting bigger but otherwise not moving, it is coming right at you!" He should not have continued the taping. 
If you'd like to see the video in HD, go here and click the HD option (lower right).

Comparison of Taranto and Tuscaloosa

Both tornadoes had horizontal vortices which seem to only be seen in violent tornadoes:



 [Note, when people who know me learn I'm Italian they often say, "That explains a lot."  :-)   ]

Hat tip: Matt Daniel

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