A National Geographic team put together some cool toys that record what it looks like inside a tornado.
It’s a technological first. A well-placed probe fitted with 7 video cameras — 6 with a 60-degree field-of-view designed to achieve a full 360-degree field-of-view, and one pointing upward — captures footage inside a tornado, providing visual data on ground wind speeds where the storm does the greatest damage.
The Flash video on the site is pretty cool; pretty much a debris-eye view of the tornado. What they call a “direct hit” I think I would classify more as a near miss, but it was still much, much closer than I’d care to be in person!
I can’t wait for the next logical development; a probe that they drive or fly right inside the twister. “We’re not in Kansas anymore!”