El Reno: Lessons From the Most Dangerous Tornado in Storm Observing History

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  • Published on:  Tuesday, February 11, 2014
  • Among those in storm observing community, the May 31, 2013 El Reno tornado will long be remembered as one of the most dangerous storms we've dealt with. Tragically, eight people died in this tornado, including four storm chasers. This video is an effort to make sure that we don't see a repeat of this tragic situation. It's intended for storm spotters/chasers who have some storm observation experience, but the information is important for anyone.
    National Weather Service
    Norman, Oklahoma


  • james
    james  12 hours ago

    The airport user its radar to stop it. This isn't new but kept secret because they don't want to spend money on huge radar stations everywhere and insurance companies need your fear to make money.

  • Matthew Zacher
    Matthew Zacher  4 days ago

    "oh his toyota Yaris" me, owning a Yaris ohhhhhh shit.

  • Paul Noecker
    Paul Noecker  5 days ago

    Install drag racing roll cages! They're for crashing at 150mph or more.

  • Nancy Db
    Nancy Db  14 days ago

    What I learned is to not go storm chasing. I value my life.

  • Rollcast
    Rollcast  14 days ago +1

    Great job narrating! I remember this. Of course I’m watching many videos since I’m in Melbourne FL anxious about Dorian’s approach 😬

  • Pat Munsterman
    Pat Munsterman  14 days ago

    its not trope its trop say it right

  • Go Clunker
    Go Clunker  14 days ago

    "Tornado hunt" truck: NO ROLLCAGE, NO BULLETPROOF GLASS, NO PUNCTURE PROOF TIRES, NO REINFORCEMENTS, NADA. yup. Toyota Yaris on STREET TIRES, TRACTION CONTROL ENGAGED... A cobalt... Basically, a bunch of unprepared yahoos. Sorry, not trying to be an ass, and RIP, but yeah.

  • F5Storm1
    F5Storm1  14 days ago

    Storm chasers think they know what tornadoes are doing but they don't, time to understand that nature decides what she wants to do, not what you want, I've always known that. Glad I'm an Ohio Valley storm chaser that knows this threat

  • Austin Lucksted
    Austin Lucksted  21 days ago

    "No footage or data is worth your life" Tell Basehunters that one. That kid puts everyone's life in danger simply for the photography. What an idiot!

  • dee s
    dee s  28 days ago +1

    live this video how everything goes. rip tim his son other guy. but that chance u take chasing honestly u never know. never take day for granted could be your last.

  • M3me_EAter YT
    M3me_EAter YT  1 months ago

    Why auto captions?

  • Tim P
    Tim P  1 months ago

    Is that Pecos Hank narrating?

  • do people actually look at the nickname?

    theres literally a tornado going on right next door as i watch this

  • Otto von Bismarck
    Otto von Bismarck  1 months ago

    The lesson is simple: don't storm chase. It's pointless, it doesn't advance science, and it's a behavior only pursued due to a combination of arrogance, thrill seeking, and self-promotion. These guys had it coming.

  • C R
    C R  1 months ago

    11:20 did anyone else think that fly was on their screen? I jumped a little

  • Greg Edmonds
    Greg Edmonds  1 months ago

    Superb video.

  • Nose Picking Puddle Jumping Window Licker

    I know this was an attempt to gain sympathy for chasers who have passed but I felt none.
    These idiots put themselves in harms way and deserved their terrifying grisly fate.

  • Despiser Despised
    Despiser Despised  1 months ago


  • Raptorman0909
    Raptorman0909  1 months ago

    This is a brilliantly produced and highly informative and important video -- thank you for this. I was particularly interested in the information about energy density expressed in J/kg -- I've never seen any weather phenomenon described with respect to energy like this. I would like to see a more detailed explanation of what this energy is and how it relates to storm power or effect.

  • Stephen Levine
    Stephen Levine  1 months ago +1

    Powerful documentary. Thanks for creating this.