28 thoughts on “Safety Lessons From El Reno”

  1. Excellent video Skip. By having the major motivation of your analysis of the El Reno tornado a dedication to Tim, Paul, and Carl you have outlined safely features that every storm chaser should take to heart. An aggressive chasing style in order to put devices directly in a tornado's path is so dangerous that sooner or later your number is gonna come up. The storm chasing community owe these individuals a lot as their motive was solely to advance scientific knowledge and perhaps save lives, but please don't risk your own life in the process.

  2. Skip do you feel that part of the problem also was that chasers are used to tornadoes traveling from the SE, SW, to the NE direction. When the tornado made that sharp left turn caught them off guard. I think that this shows that chasing a tornado in a HP supercell can be particularly dangerous.

  3. If ANYTHING good could come from this tragedy the previous analysis and this update is it. Tim and his team lost their lives for science and to increase useful life saving data. However the question one must ask is could it have been avoided? What (as an example) if the DOW had been onsite and able to communicate with all of the chase teams? Some sort of a DOW broadcast, (one way, broadcast only) or DOW through the EBS? where all vehicles should/must monitor that frequency? Everyone would have known life or death information. Or – if there was some way a NOAA satellite could monitor the storm and NOAA itself transmit similar data as a broadcast? As a general aviation pilot I can tell you that losing situational awareness at a critical time is at the very least life threatening and at most, lethal. I have looked at still images of what had been a Chevy Cobalt, the chase car is unrecognizable. It looks like the damage a Cessna 172 would sustain from plowing into the ground vertically from 5,000 feet after penetrating a super cell! My god! More lessons learned. Mother nature has no patience with human hubris or fallibility. Β 

    All the teams, regardless of where you are chasing, learn the lessons from Skip's analysis well. – we can be very certain that the El Reno storm event conditions will repeat – somewhere.. PLEASE everyone be careful during the 2019 season. Keep your eyes on a swivel, and your data close.

  4. Damn they should have gone north on that last crossing. I wonder why it is normally more often adviced to head south or east than west? For people who are not chasers it also seems logical

  5. This is a good educational video all chasers need to watch. Thank you for putting your time and expert knowledge into this life saving video.

  6. If I was in that situation I'd be digging a foxhole in my backyard before I took my chances with the highways

  7. I heard they said storm always moves up north that's why they did that but this storm actually chase them

  8. R.I.P Twistex team πŸ˜£πŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌ

  9. I used to live in Oklahoma, there's a pretty small chance a tornado comes by, not even severe damage or anything

  10. How the hell could you possibly live ANYWHERE in Oklahoma and not have a storm shelter or basement? I'm not talking apartments here, but maybe that's what Skip is…

    Regardless, that blows my mind.

  11. R.I.P. Team Vortex and the others whom passed on. You saved many lives with your work. Great job Skip, another amazing video!

  12. Man I watch this video like once a week haha…your informational videos are some of the best! Funny thing about the damage-rating, I wonder how Dr. Fujita would feel about it, didn't he once rate a Plainfield, IL Tornado as an F5 based on damage done in a corn-field? …as in no structural damage. Though it's true people DO embellish details – radar measurements included, relying solely on structural damage seems flawed…it should prob be addressed as radar-tech improves. El Reno was significantly massive in size & structure, it feels strange for it to be rated as lesser than something like the La Plata, MD tornado of the 2002 outbreak.

  13. Are there really that many storm chasers? Ridiculous. They put themselves and others at greater risk.

  14. I really wish Daniel Shaw's chase path was shown in this video since he was significantly impacted by this tornado and could have easily been killed. I have watched his entire chase video and it's hard to tell exactly where the tornado was when he was hit by the semi and used it as a shield once it flipped. He was heading east on I-40, so I'm not sure if the tornado crossed behind him or in front of him. Very hard to tell from his footage.

  15. Sorry, but rating the Tornado based on the amount of damage it creates to structures is insane! It should instead be based on wind speed and damage paths should have their own scale of 1 – 5. Their system is backwards and confusing to the public at large. When you tell people such a large fracking Tornado is only a level 3 on the F scale it makes them think a storm this big hitting a major city is a level 3 and not a level 5!!! SMFH I understand the reasoning behind the scale as is but most people do not understand and will make fatal mistakes in the future due to information not being dumbed down enough for society at large. Scientists can call it whatever they want, society at large do NOT understand the scale system. It will cost lives!

  16. Why didn't they just stop or turn left?? But seriously can't you stop and let it pass or maybe turn around… Any one of these would have saved they're livesπŸ˜₯

  17. I dont give a shit what the NWS says, THAT tornado was an F6 in my mind and heart, NOT an F3!!
    I find it sad this has only been viewed 190k times πŸ™ This has some really great life saving advice.

  18. I don't want to chase storms, but still this videos are very informative. I only wonder if the Tornadoes in Europe are behaving the same way they do in the US?!

  19. Very well done. But basically it seems boil down to this. "Have a valid, reasonable escape route and use it rather than lose it." When in doubt, get the F out!

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