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article imageFunnel cloud caught on video by storm chasers in Minnesota

By Kim I. Hartman     Jul 16, 2010 in Environment
Northfield - The National Weather Service has confirmed the two tornadoes that touched down in the Northfield area of Minnesota less then two days ago. The lightning in this band of storms also caused multiple house fires.
State and local officials said the two tornadoes appeared to touch down yesterday near Northfield, Minnesota and in the Metro Twin Cities area resulting in fires and total detruction of at least one home in it's path along with dumping hail and high winds upon the region.
One tornado, rated EF0, knocked over a truck on Interstate 35 and damaged trees and crops on its 3.5 mile long track it cleared just northwest of Northfield. Maximum winds were 85 miles per hour, and its maximum width was 75 yards The Weather Service in Minnesota’s Twin Cities says they are still evaluating the storm damage and will release ratings for the additional twisters.
A funnel cloud that dropped from the sky over Northfield, Minnesota on Wednesday was caught on video tape by storm spotter Michael Howard, an amateur videographer who shared the video's with all of He taped the cloud forming and touching ground and then traveling some distance in a direct path to his friends and neighbors home where it hit the house flinging parts of the structure out of sight.
When local tornado warning sirens sounded, Howard began to film outside his home when he caught this funnel cloud forming, tourching down to soon become the latest viral video of storm chasers for the busy 2010 Tornado season.
The same storm was also filmed by from the opposite direction providing two views of the same funnel cloud developing across the Minnesota farmland.
Funnel clouds, strong winds, rain. lightning and hail have left a path of destruction throughout the state over the past few days. The National Weather Service recorded four tornadoes in the Twin Cities including the Northfield storms. Multiple house, field and grass fires have been sparked by this same band of storms that were first spotted on video on these videos.
Interested in becoming a tornado chaser, storm chaser or storm spotter?
The term "tornado chasing" is not very accurate since tornadoes are such a small fraction of the storm chasing experience. Storm chasing can be very dangerous and is not something to be taken frivolously, says Roger Edwards of the National Storm Prediction Center.
One way to learn more about storm chasing is to is to become a storm spotter in your local area, learning about the character of storms while contributing to public safety through the warning process. After gaining experience observing storms as a spotter, you can then decide if chasing is for you
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