The Tornado Video

Here’s THE tornado video that everyone should see…the tornado that tore through downtown Springfield Massachusetts June 1st at rush hour.  While it’s true that some tornadoes look far more ominous with their black clouds and flashing lightning, this one far more vividly shows the strength of the wind sweeping around the vortex.  The tornado travels directly over the Connecticut River, sucking up spray and water.  Look closely at the speed of the spray & water wrapping into the center.  I’ve never seen such detailed video, and it goes on for over a minute. Click on the “480p” for the clearest view.

125 Responses to The Tornado Video

  1. Ben Randall says:

    72 here in Tillamook …. Looking like 80 tomorrow

  2. Justin (Bellingham) says:

    Jesse’s probably mad.

  3. bgb41 says:

    Still 75 at PDX at 8pm, i could get used to that really fast.

  4. 75.8 here for the high (warmest of 2011)

    Peak wind of 22 mph from the NE around 2 PM.

    Light NE wind now, temp is 74, DP is 38…nice and dry! Humidity bottomed out at 23%!

  5. Garron near Washington Square says:

    I was listening to the radio on the way home and one of the show hosts said they were enjoying the nice day from their “air conditioned office”. Wow! We are really in for a shock tomorrow if the A/C’s are going already!

    • Garron near Washington Square says:


      I totally agree, we have the nicest sunny days. I was sitting at a restaurant with company today and kept losing them in conversation as i could not stop looking out the window at how amazing that blue sky was! Bon apetit!!!!

    • Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

      – word!

    • Boydo3 N. Albany 500' says:

      You can’t “enjoy” a nice day inside. Especially if you are under the influence of AC. That’s just pure blasphemy! As Dan Bern sang…”stop what you’re doing and breathe”….

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      Hahaah! Right Timmy, word!

  6. bgb41 says:

    Official Highs

    78 KVUO, KDLS
    77 KPDX

  7. Tom (NE Portland) says:

    Sweet baby Jeebus! I had no idea Portland was still capable of producing days like today. Absolutely perfect!

  8. Mike (Orchards 255') says:

    Warmest day of the year here. 75.2°

  9. Punxsutawney (aka HIOPHIL) at work by Sunset High elev ~280' says:

    I just got word that the Springfield Tornado was a strong EF-3, possibly EF-4 and the strongest in MA since 1953.

  10. Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

    A great day today, not just weather wise which is obvious as we ALL badly deserved this, but I have been busting my arse enjoying every second of it. It is a rare day with no Vertigo/Dizzy spells and I’m glad it cooperated on one of the best days thus far of 2011!

    • Kyle From Silverton says:

      What causes these vertigo dizzy spells?

      I have them too and it makes me feel very crabby and anxious.

      I can’t focus on anyone thing for a long period of time.

    • Debbie - East Vancouver says:

      Another vertigo sufferer here. What causes yours? Mine is due to loose ear crystals (yes, I have rocks in my head!) but they have never been able to get them back into place. I’m glad you are having a great day with no vertigo and great weather! I really could not enjoy the weather as I had software issues with my work PC and spent all day dealing with that. Now that it’s fixed, I get to work till 11:30.

    • Mike near Clackamas Town Center says:

      I suffered from vertigo once and it happened while I was sleeping just as I was waking up. It was so bad I couldn’t even move my head or my eyes would go into a spinning sensation just like I was on an amusement Park ride 😦 As a result I’m having to use cue tips more often to clean out the abnormal wax build up.

    • Garron near Washington Square says:

      I went through severe spat of vertigo that lasted about a year off and on after a rear ended on sunset hwy a few years ago, I sure understand. I still get car sick sometimes since that accident but am fortunate that they were able to put most of the ear canal stuff back where it belongs. Glad to hear that Rob!

    • Garron near Washington Square says:

      …after I was rear ended on …

      Still can’t cure my dyslexia!

    • Debbie - East Vancouver says:

      Mike, be careful of those q-tips. I used to use them and ended up with impacted wax on my eardrum. not fun. now just use “ear wax removal” kit (drops and syringe to flush ears) about once a month. get at any drugstore. it dissolves the wax.

      Sure are a lot of dizzy weather watchers around here 😉

    • Boydo3 N. Albany 500' says:

      Rob, a woman friend of ours suffered constantly from vertigo for much of her adult life until she went in for acupuncture for a bad PMS issue. The acupuncture not only helped her female problem but totally cured the vertigo to the point where she no longer (twenty years) takes meds for it. She still regularly gets the needle treatments but is no longer affected by vertigo. Just my 2 cents worth.

    • Mike near Clackamas Town Center says:

      My former employer has vertigo issues and since his wife is a nurse she has experience with treating vertigo. She mentioned that it’s ok to use cue tips but not to never shove them all the way through the ear canal. Just use it around the opening of the canal to ensure proper dranage. A doctor also mentioned to avoid getting too much liquid into the ear as it can trigger an episode.

    • Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

      Mine is neck related. Head or neck position and or movement triggers it.

    • Boydo3 N. Albany 500' says:

      But ya never know..

  11. Ben Randall says:


  12. Kyle From Silverton says:

    If it can STAY like this ALL SUMMER long then I’ll be one happy camper.

  13. bgb41 says:

    72 @ 1pm here at BG Lake. Looks like we may overachieve today on temps. Upper 70s?

  14. steviewonder says:

    Any astronomers here? Missed alpha November 1 sierra sierra this morning cause of the fog.

    • W7ENK says:

      I think you meant November Alpha One Sierra Sierra?

      I’ve actually heard their packet data as they’ve flown past, but I’ve never made contact. Tried a couple times, but I guess no one was home.

    • steviewonder says:

      Yes, sorry for the mistakes. From what I know you get maybe 10-15 seconds of time to talk with them. They are flying at 17k mph an hour, impressive.

      My neighbor has an antenna that sits at about 20 feet which he uses for amateur radio. He was lucky enough to contact them about six months ago.

    • steviewonder says:

      Wondering if I was the only nerd, besides my neighbor, to realize they were overhead this morning.

    • W7ENK says:

      Nice! I think it’s more like 2 or 3 minutes, but that’s probably only under a Zenithial pass (directly 90° overhead)? The lower the pass is to the horizon, the shorter the contact window, of course.

      I’ve only tried a couple of times. Someday I’ll hear them back!

      Do you happen to know your neighbor’s callsign? I know (of) quite a few hams around the area.

    • steviewonder says:

      I’m interested in buying a used Ham radio. Do you have any advice?

    • steviewonder says:

      Next time he is out there setting it up I will ask. It’s a fairly large antenna. We live in two story apartments and the top of it probably measures with the top of the buildings.

    • W7ENK says:

      Hmmm… I’m a big fan of Kenwood, but most people hold onto their Kenwoods.

      Yaesu and Icom make some great equipment, too.

      This weekend is SEA-PAC, down in Seaside. It’s an annual Amateur Radio convention/swap-meet/flea-market, and makes a great excuse to go down to the coast!

      If you have the time, I’d go look around, ask questions, maybe attend a free seminar or two, and just have an all around good time! Maybe you’ll win a brand new radio in the raffle???

    • steviewonder says:

      I have to work all weekend. I’m not new to astronomy but as you know the NW, and living in a populated area make observing damn near impossible except for high magnitude objects. Would love to have radio as side hobby.

      If I had 150 to spend could I get a radio that would be of use?

    • steviewonder says:

      Just created a new gmail account. Maybe you could shoot me some ideas there?

  15. W7ENK says:

    Hmmm… Not exactly weather related, but:

    I was going to go down to the waterfront for the second half of my lunch break to enjoy some warm sunshine, but there seems to be a crowd of about a thousand or more people having some sort of issue, they’re surrounding my building, waving signs and yelling, and security won’t let anyone in or out at the moment. o_O

    I hope they all go away before 4 o’clock so I’m not late for the beautiful weekend… 😦

    • umpire says:

      Which building, W7? Aren’t you by PSU?

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      I’d try and find a way to sneak out and maybe they wouldn’t let you back in = enjoy the sunshine!

    • W7ENK says:

      Hahaha! 😆 Yeah, I already thought of that, but they’ve got everything pretty well covered.

      The crown seems to be growing… 😦

    • Dave in Albany says:

      I sure don’t miss working in downtown PDX. Thanks for the reminder

    • W7ENK says:

      Oh good, I think they’re gone. Maybe now I can go take a quick stroll along the waterfront. Time afforded, maybe more like a power walk? 😆

    • Runrain says:

      Might be that Regence Blue Sheild 22% health ins prem rate hike protest. The rich get richer!!!

      Hoping my run along the Willamette tomorrow down by the Sellwood isn’t half under water!

    • Debbie - East Vancouver says:

      22%? Man I’m jealous! Mine went up almost 500% in January and I work in health”care”. Pretty sad.

    • Mike near Clackamas Town Center says:

      @Runrain I wouldn’t be surprised if waterfront on the sellwood side is partly under water. But at least it’s nowhere near as bad as the 1996 flood.

  16. bgb41 says:

    Oregon Surface temps and winds at 11am , Waiting for Ben to comment on the fact that Tillamook is the warmest spot in both states at 11am

  17. Wendy-Silverlake, Wa says:


    I just sent you the baby deer pictures.

  18. bgb41 says:

    11am Oregon and South Washington Temperatures and winds map. Strong Easterlies have developed in Cascade Locks and Newport. Would be an amazing day on the beaches today.

    Based on current obs, I am thinking 77 is possible at PDX

  19. WEATHERDAN says:

    McMudpuddle AKA McMinnville. Oh by the way while the next two weeks aren’t perfect they still look decent. After this weekend it looks mostly dry except possibly a little precip next Tuesday and Wednesday, with temps generally 65-75 degrees. With maybe an 80 degree temp next Sunday. Not too bad, and much better than last Juneuary.

  20. W7ENK says:

    I guess the clouds kinda make it weather related…

    Plains Milky Way from Randy Halverson on Vimeo.

    So beautiful!

  21. pappoose in scappoose says:

    Podcast from Cliff Mass:

  22. Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

    Wow I did not know there was an Asian Rambo!

  23. MamaReen says:

    I was surprised about a tornado in Massachusetts as that is where I grew up and don’t remember being overly concerned about tornadoes. Blizzards and hurricanes but not tornadoes. Fun fact of the week, Massachusetts is ranked 35th in frequency and Oregon is ranked 46th. I couldn’t find any reference to any albino donkeys though… 🙂

    • Sandi (Wilsonville) says:

      Last year when we flew into Boston on 6/6/10 there was a Tornado warning and the airport shut down for a bit due to the storm. Our layover at Logan was several hours longer than anticipated as we were headed to NYC and the shuttle flight was stuck there due to the same storm.

  24. Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

    My heat wave this weekend is low 70’s and high 60’s. Very wonderful of Klamath. 😀

    • Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

      Strange because I did have at least couple of high temperatures in the low 70’s before April. I should be getting a little warmer than this!

    • W7ENK says:

      You’re lucky it’s not either sweltering hot by now, or still snowing!

      First year I was down there, I was packing my car to come home for the summer sometime in the second week of June and was getting snowed on…

      I’ve also seen it over 100 degrees in Early-mid May.

      Strange place down there in Klamabama…

    • bgb41 says:

      Don’t worry Tim, when Portland is socked in with stratus later this month, It will be 80’s and sunny in K-Falls for days.

    • bgb41 says:


    • pappoose in scappoose says:


    • Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:


    • W7ENK says:

      Hahaha! 😆

      Yeah, kinda…

      Klamabama ~aka~ Kalamity Flats,
      similar to Vantucky, Methford, Grass Pants, @$$land,
      weather-wise-waukie. 😕

    • W7ENK says:

      I saw that, Mark. 😆 Yes, and I was thinking that one too, but I tactfully left it off this list… :mrgreen:

  25. It POURED last night and early this morning. I had another .13″ late yesterday and 0.23″ today all in a few minutes. My rainfall rate hit 2.95″/hour at 12:01 AM.

    Now the sky is completely clear and it’s great. Everything got a last good dose of rain to last until the next (maybe early next week?)

    • bgb41 says:

      Yeah here too. It was very heavy. Made it hard to believe that it would be so clear this morning but it was.

  26. W7ENK says:

    Fog in June? 😆

    C’mon, what is this? Who’s the wise guy?? Where’re the cameras???

    Seriously, it’s not funny anymore… Just stop! >_<

    • Boydo3 N. Albany 500' says:

      At least it’s not freezing fog, doh!

    • Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

      Watch this summer be worse than last year. I wouldn’t be surprised.

  27. Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

    Waking up to clear skies, bright blue skies = The best it can get.

    As far as the tornado goes I haven’t heard what it has been rated yet? From the video and damage pics I have seen I would say EF2 – Weak EF3…

  28. 39.6° this morning and sunshine!

    • bgb41 says:

      Haven’t seen any videos since May 10 on your youtube site. Its time to make a new one Ben.

    • Ben Randall says:

      I made on just the other day … I will be putting them back up on my site with a all new site I am launching here soon

  29. Boydo3 N. Albany 500' says:

    I may have to restart the Prozac drip ;… HAVE LOWERED SNOW LEVELS DURING THE PERIOD BUT MAY

  30. Karl Bonner says:

    Can I say that I’m actually enjoying the chilly weather? From the perspective of The Dalles, where you usually have a long hot summer to deal with, it’s nice being in the 60s and breezy (but more than 50% sunny!) and then in the 50s during the evening.

    Now if only we could stay in the 70s or low 80s all summer long…

    • W7ENK says:

      Why would you do that to us, Karl?!?
      Haven’t we already suffered enough???

    • Mark Nelsen says:

      Sick Karl…the most inappropriate comment I’ve seen in the past 6 months…

    • Boydo3 N. Albany 500' says:

      The local farmers are going to come after you like the villagers did to Frankenstein 🙂 Words like that will get you burned at the stake!!

    • Jesse-Orchards says:

      Yeah Karl, how dare you have your own opinion? Don’t you know our country is founded on the principle of that kind of thing being discouraged??

    • W7ENK says:

      Wow, the king of sarcasm himself misses the sarcasm in these previous posts…

      You’re off your game, Jesse. Have you been drinking or something??? Sheesh!

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      I’m shocked Karl.

      I’m gonna plant a palm tree, what would you recommend?

  31. Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

    I feel nice and safe and comfy over here in Oregon. True that no matter where you are in the world there is another disaster, such as earthquakes here. But looking at the bigger picture, how many earthquakes really disrupt life and property here? Not many. Maybe once every couple decades we will have one that startles us for a few minutes and then we forget about it the next week.

    To be realistic, in contrast to tornadoes in the Midwest, our danger from quakes here would be like a 1/10 fear factor. Not to mention most quakes we have barely show on the richter scale anyways.

    The reason why I brought this up was because some folks in other parts of the country think they are stuck in that part, but nobody is stuck where they are if they can feel much safer moving here.

    • James NE Portland says:

      What you are saying is true but one day we will have a 9.0 subduction zone quake that will be quite the big deal.

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      Right James. If you aren’t afraid of a big quake here, you should be.

  32. W7ENK says:

    ***Language warning!***

    But the structure is amazing!

  33. W7ENK says:

    So awesome! 😯

  34. Mike (Orchards 255') says:

    One amazing video!

    Cool 52° currently.

  35. Muxpux says:

    I’m on my phone over 3G so not very impressive. Ever seen the Miami waterspout vids? Good stuff. Oh, and besides a few sprinkles, nice day here in puyallup, wa. Lookin forward to a weekend back home in Longview in the sun

  36. Mike near Clackamas Town Center says:

    Am I the only one who can’t see the link to the video 😦 Good thing I seen the video on Stu Ostro’s fan page already 🙂

  37. bgb41 says:

    Saw this earlier on facebook. Great vid.

  38. Dave in SW PDX (300') says:

    Very cool! That camera was certainly in the right place to document the tornado crossing the river.

  39. AlohaWeather says:


  40. All I can say is, WOW.

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