May 28, 2013

Storm chasers capture never-before-seen footage inside a violent wedge tornado

Brandon Ivey and Sean Casey got inside of a violent wedge tornado today. Brandon shot this insane footage of the TIV2 (tornado intercept vehicle) inside of a violent wedge tornado northeast of Smith Center, Kansas over eastern Smith County.


  1. It is interesting to view the changes in direction of the wind, judging by the behavior of the foliage in front of the vehicle, then by the optically dense mixture of rain, dirt and other debris toward the end of the video. This means they were inside or quite close to the center of the tornado.

    I have observed the same thing for a Caribbean hurricane, from the vantage point of a small window in an underground shelter. The directions in which the the trees outside bent told me the rough location of the hurricane's eye as it passed by our island. Later, when the hurricane center published the track, I was able to verify my estimates of position and time. A fun exercise. :D

  2. Boy, I wonder how much those Tornado Intercept Vehicles cost. And to think that was only EF3-EF4 speed. Simply incredible.