Tornado Videos from Space

The United States has been suffering through a torrid tornado season, and NASA has captured several videos of the tornadoes as they swept through the country, devastating homes and lives in many towns and states.

Satellite Video Close-Up of Deadly Joplin, Missouri Tornado

This animation is compiled of GOES-13 satellite visible imagery from May 22 and shows the progression of the line of thunderstorms that generated the monster tornado that devastated Joplin, Missouri, which can be seen center of the video.

Animation Shows 5 Days of Tornado-Generating Storms in U.S. Midwest

This video shows five days worth of tornado generating storms across the Midwest of the United States of America, including the progression of the May 24 storms moving from Arkansas, Illinois and Missouri into Mississippi, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana.

This animation of satellite imagery from the GOES-13 satellite shows the progression of storms from May 20 to 25, 2011. This animation includes the storms that spawned the deadly Joplin, Missouri tornado on May 22 (around 5:30 p.m.) and the Oklahoma tornado event (Oklahoma City and Piedmont, Oklahoma) on May 24, 2011.

Source: NASA Goddard Photo and Video 1 & 2

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