The calmest place is to be is in the eye of a hurricane… or so the saying goes.
Me? I disagree. People who say that have clearly never smoked inside a pub post-2007, or done PCP. Only joking!
No, but honestly we need get serious for a moment cause the following footage is pretty scary. Something that would crack the sternest bloke.
Here we have a man inside a tornado in Faribault, Minnesota, USA:
The man, who remains anonymous, wrote of the experience:
I’m 35 years old. I’ve owned a camcorder/video camera, since the mid-90’s. I can’t stand hearing the sound of my voice being re-played, and I don’t do well in front of cameras. Therefore, I have always found myself behind the lens, until now.
Now look, we seldom get them here in the UK, but the possibility of seeing one of them in, say, Macclesfield, is something that strikes the fear of God in many a Brit. So while you’re here: what the hell are tornadoes, and will they affect Brexit?
I’m not gonna talk about Brexit, folks. Hear enough about that as it was, don’t we! Bleurgh. But yeah, a tornado is a violent rotating column of air extending from a thunderstorm to the ground – the most of which are capable of tremendous destruction with wind speeds of up to 300mph.
They can obliterate large buildings, uproot trees and hurl vehicles hundreds of yards. They can also drive straw into trees. In any given year, 1,000 tornadoes are reported nationwide in the United States.
Most tornadoes are created by thunderstorms. To brew one, you need warm, moist air from say the Gulf of Mexico and cool, dry air from somewhere like Canada. When these two air masses collide, they create instability in the atmosphere, which is a nice of saying ‘they create something which probably gave Native Americans nervous breakdowns’.
I mean, imagine for a moment seeing a tornado prior to to the Enlightenment. ‘Erm, Chief, I’m real happy for you. I’mma let you finish, but WHAT. THE. F**K. IS. THAT.’ Every single day a sh*tshow of terrifying natural world dangers and having no clue why any of it is happening.
Anyway, the look of a tornado is caused by a change in wind direction and an increase in wind speed with increasing height. This creates an invisible, horizontal spinning effect in the lower atmosphere.
To develop, several conditions are required. Abundant low level moisture is necessary to contribute to the development of a thunderstorm, and a ‘trigger’ is needed to lift the moist air aloft. Once the air begins to rise and becomes saturated, it will continue rising to great heights to produce a thunderstorm cloud.
They can appear as a traditional funnel shape, or in a slender rope-like form. Some have a weird, smoky look to them. Even others may be nearly invisible, with only swirling dust or debris at ground levels as the only giveaway of the tornado’s presence.
Essentially, they’re terrifying. So the fact this guy seemingly breezed through the middle of one is inspirational but something you definitely shouldn’t try at home.
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