Storm Chase Video, Photos and Accounts

Tornado, storm, hurricane and weather photos and video by William T. Hark

Last updated: 12/1/2016



FOR SALE: Eastern Fury (Tornadoes of the Eastern United States)

This is a two hour DVD compilation of rare tornado video from the eastern United States. There is footage from over 30 videographers including amateurs, storm chasers and media. Featured tornadoes include multiple views of the La Plata, MD tornado, Hurricane Ivan induced tornadoes across the Washington D.C. area, close video of the Myrtle Beach tornado, the beautiful white Punta Gorda, Florida tornado, massive tornado from Hermitage, PA during the 1985 outbreak and F5 tornado in Lawrence County, TN. The only known footage of the 1953 Worcester, MA tornado is also shown. Click on the above link for purchase info, sample promo video and listing with images of all the tornadoes.




Tornado near Quinter, Kansas
on May 23, 2008.

 


All photos copyright 1986-2009 by William T. Hark, M.D.
(P) - Scanned from photo. (V) - Video still from Hi8 or MiniDV after Spring 2000, HD vid still from 2008). If you have questions about image usage, video for television shows, or tornadoes and storm chasing, please see my Storm F.A.Q.

 

If you don't want to go through all the chase reports listed below, go to the Storm Gallery for a small selection of my storm and weather pictures with thumbnail images. There are many more images in the chase reports listed below. The accounts from May 23, 2008 and May 22 and May 24, 2010, April 27, 2011 and May 21 and 24, 2011 have the best tornadoes.

 

YouTube video compilation of my best HD tornadoes in a promo for Eastern Fury (1 min 11 sec)

YouTube Video (Short Version, 1 minute) of May 23 Quinter tornadoes

Video: 1997 - 2004 Tornado Compilation on YouTube (5 min 19 sec)

The Beauty of Storm Chasing: Non-Tornado Storm Video Compilation on YouTube (4 min 57 sec)


Click on the year to go directly to that year's weather pictures and chase reports or scroll down to each year.
On chase reports, click on small pictures (thumbnails) for a larger version

 

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2017

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2016

2015

  • May 14 - May 24, 2015 -Chase accounts, photos and video stills including the May 16 Tipton, Oklahoma tornado

2014

2013

  • June 10, 2013 -Tornado in Amelia County, Virginia near Jetersville
  • May 18 - May 31, 2013 -Chase accounts, photos and video stills including the May 19 EF 4 Shawnee and Edmond, Oklahoma tornadoes, Bennington, Kansas wedge, Arcadia supercell and May 31 El Reno, Oklahoma tornado
  • April 19, 2013 -Tornado-Warned Supercell in Mecklenburg County, VA

2012

  • June 25, 2012 -YouTube video of high winds in tornado-warned storm in Henrico County, VA during the derecho
  • May 18 - May 30, 2012 -Chase accounts, photos and video stills including the May 19 Harper County, KS tornadoes (shredding wind turbine) and May 25 La Crosse, KS tornado.

2011

2010

  • October 27, 2010 -Tornado-warned storm in Richmond, VA
  • May 18 - May 31, 2010 -Chase accounts, photos and video stills including the May 22 Bowdle area wedge and other tornadoes and the May 24 Howes to Faith, South Dakota tornado.
  • April 25, 2010 -Tornado-warned storm in West Virginia and Maryland

2009

  • July 17, 2009 - Core video with hurricane-force winds in a supercell, Southhampton County, VA.
  • June 5 - June 9, 2009 -Chase accounts, photos and video stills including June 5 Wyoming and Nebraska tornado-warned supercell and the June 7th Missouri and Nebraska supercells
  • April 20, 2009 -Tornado-warned storm in central Virginia

2008

2007

  • May 18 - May 31, 2007 -Chase accounts, photos and video stills including Hill City area, Kansas tornado and supercell, Guymon, Oklahoma tornado, storm chaser picnic, Landscape images, additional supercells and busts
  • May 5, 2007 -Tornadoes near Pratt, Stafford and Raymond, Kansas.
  • April 27, 2007 -Severe storms in Southeast Virginia

2006


2005

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2004

  • September 17, 2004 - Mid-Atlantic Tornado Outbreak due to Hurricane Ivan.
  • September 8, 2004 -Bowling Green, Va tornadic storm (Caroline County)
  • May 15 - May 30, 2004 -Chase accounts, photos and video stills including the May 29th tornado outbreak with multiple tornadoes near Jamestown, Kansas, May 22 Hallam Nebraska tornado and damage survey, May 21 Bradgate Nebraska tornado, northern Kansas and Topeka area tornadoes on May 24 and a wild rotating wall cloud in Russell Kansas on May 17. Also, storm chaser picnic.
  • May 5, 2004 -Hailstorm near Richmond, Va

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2003

  • September 18, 2003 -Hurricane Isabel video, Richmond damage photos and chase report
  • May 31, 2003 -Tornado in Brodnax, Virginia (Brunswick County)
  • May 16 - May 28, 2003 -Chase accounts, photos and video stills including the May 19th Healdton, OK supercell with wall cloud, LP supercell in Texas, severe storms and hail. Also, storm chaser picnic, detention by government security, and Big Bend National Park.
  • March 29, 2003 -Virginia storms near Spotsylvania, County.

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2002

  • May 17 - May 28, 2002 -Chase accounts, photos and video stills including the 5/22 Smith Center, Kansas sheriffnado, horshoe vortex; and 5/23 dusty tornadoes near Lipscomb, Texas and the Pampa/Borger, Texas beast of a supercell with tornadoes, wall clouds and frequent lightning.
  • May 9,2002 (V) - Just south of Doswell, Va. Cloud to ground (CG) lightning with unusual reddish glow at strike area which only appeared in one video frame.

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2001

  • June 5, 2001 (V) - Severe storm in Nottoway County, Va.

  • May 19 - May 27, 2001 -Chase accounts, photos and video stills including the 5/19 linear storm chase with huge CG lightning bolts, 5/20 tornadic storms and funnel cloud in east-central Ok, 5/26 LP storm near Lubbock, Tx, and getting munched by a gust front/squall line in SW Ks on May 27. Also pictures of sunsets, wildlife, other chasers and a plague of giant black beetles.

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2000

  • August 9, 2000 (V) - A beautiful roll cloud after line of severe thunderstorms in Henrico County, west of Richmond along Broad Street at 7PM. A few minutes later, I observed two roll clouds (V) which is very unusual. The video was broadcast on NBC Channel 12 in Richmond.

  • May 19 - May 27, 2000 -Chase accounts, photos and video stills including the 5/26 Throckmorton, Tx tornado, 5/27 Jacksboro funnel, roll cloud in Dallas, 5/25 Vega, Tx severe storm and other chase days. Funnels, rotating wall clouds, tornado, along with beautiful cloud formations, lightning, mammatus, sunsets and other nature photos.
  • January 25, 2000 - A video still after an unexpected snow storm. Richmond received almost a foot of snow. Another view of the snow on my apartment balcony.

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1999

  • August 11, 1999 - Storm chase account with storms near Portsmouth and Croaker, Virginia. Wall cloud, hail and wind.
  • March 3, 1999 (V) - Storm near Waverly, Virginia that has formed a wall cloud. Another view of the wall cloud (V). These are not tornadoes! The storm became more linear (V). Look for the possible shear funnel though I couldn't verify rotation. Here is a closer view of the possible shear funnel (V) highlighted by red arrows.

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1998

  • June 16, 1998 -A video still of roll cloud in Albemarle, Co, Virginia near Charlottesville. (Looking west on Barracks Road). A nearby storm produced hail up to golfball size. Under the roll cloud (V) as it passes. Final view of
    the roll cloud (V) as it moves to the northwest.
  • June 15, 1998 - Virginia chase account. Wall cloud, tornado warning, brief funnel.
  • May 23 - 25, 1998 - Great Plains chase accounts including May 24 south central Kansas (lightning, wall cloud); May 25 Witchita Falls bust; hiking, bees, Cadillac Ranch.
  • April 1, 1998 - Virginia tornado. Distant and detailed photo of the tornadic supercell that produced the Coatesville Tornado near Richmond, Virginia. Also damage survey, photos, map, radar images and weather data.
  • Feb 11, 1998 - photo of a roll cloud from a dying afternoon thunderstorm at Sweetwaters Preserve in Kenya. The cloud forms from rain cooled outflow from the storm.

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1997

Pictures and chase accounts in 1997 are from a two week period with Charles Edwards of Cloud 9 Tours . I would not recommend storm chasing and photography without first learning to do it responsibly and safely. The May 24 and 25 listings link to separate pages with detailed accounts and many pictures of tornadoes and other storm features.

  • May 28, 1997 - At approximately 6:35PM, we saw a distant storm feature in Texas, ?west of Plainview. It appeared to be a large wedge tornado (V). We were too far away to see rotation and the feature vanished. Here are two other video stills of it: ?tornado pic#2, ?tornado pic#3. It may have been a downburst, and upon further examination, unlikely to be a tornado. We later observed a beautiful supercell (p) with an unusual nonrotating cloud projection at 7:35PM. We continued west and in northern Bailey County at 8:15PM, we watched a large storm that looked like flying saucer(V).
  • May 26, 1997 - Account and photos/video stills of the tornado outbreak south of Tulsa, Oklahoma including the Beggs and Preston tornadoes.
  • May 25, 1997 - Account and photos/video stills of the Harper and Anthony, Kansas tornadoes, supercell development and the Perth (Dillo-Cam) wedge tornado.
  • May 24, 1997 -A video still of an approaching shelf-cloud in southwestern Kansas. We drove ahead of the storm and joined a chaser convergence as many storm chasers gathered to watch the sun set behind the storm
  • May 23, 1997 -A beautiful picture showing an approaching shelf cloud in Gray Co, western Texas. After viewing old tornado damage in Pampa, we watched a distant storm before heading to the Big Texan in Amarillo.
  • May 18, 1997 - Video still of a wall cloud at night in Kansas. Another closer view of the wall cloud. The storm may have earlier produced a brief tornado.

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1986-96

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