While there were storms that moved through northeast Missouri and western Illinois Friday night and early Saturday morning, our storms were nothing in comparison with the perhaps history-making swath of destruction that made its way through five states.
The official National Weather Service surveys haven't been completed yet, but a violent wedge tornado is expected to be declared one of the longest duration tornadoes in history. Some storm chasers in Missouri had a close call with this twister as their dashcam video shows.
This should be a teachable moment for anyone who chases or wants to chase thunderstorms. New video shows what happened when a guy following one of the twisters in Missouri Sunday accidentally drove right into the path. He fortunately lived to tell about it.
Since my wife is a meteorologist, I tend to be interested in weather things. This is the result of that. I wondered out loud what the worst tornado in Illinois history was and almost everywhere I looked agreed that it was a 200-mile-long EF5 that devastated multiple states back in 1925.
How do you know when you've gotten too close to a tornado if you're a chaser? I would argue that's the case if debris is nearly falling on your head like it almost did to storm chasers near Sycamore, Illinois today.
I have a lot of friends that like to chase storms. Some are trained and some are not so much. This video of a chaser who nearly got clobbered by a monster Illinois tornado should serve as a teachable moment.
It's one of the ultimate teachable moments of why you never try to capture video of a tornado headed your direction. It's a now legendary video of an Illinois man who filmed a monster twister just moments before it destroyed his home and killed his wife.