May 22nd has been a tornado day for the Hokie Stormchase team over a number of years, and today was no exception. We intercepted a tornado in the little town of Merango, Iowa and began filming it just as the tornado sirens began sounding. Fortunately this tornado missed the town, but others caused lots of damage and deaths today (especially in Missouri). We mourn the losses of those folks at the same time we exult that we witnessed an actual tornado. This is a bit confusing emotionally for us as I’m sure it is for the reader, but that is the nature of storm chasing.
Here is a not-so-good still photo of the tornado. I’m hoping that an edited video will look a bit better.