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(WMCTV)   Helicopter footage follows the Moore tornado as it tears through the OKC suburbs, from when it first touched down to when it finally roped out   (wmctv.com) divider line 26
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2013-05-21 12:01:08 AM
How far away do you have to be to film a tornado from a helicopter?  I always assumed the weather sucked enough over such a wide area that you'd be an idiot to try it.
 
2013-05-21 12:03:18 AM
Marc Gasol plays for Memphis. /dumb greenlite
 
2013-05-21 12:09:12 AM

Lsherm: How far away do you have to be to film a tornado from a helicopter?  I always assumed the weather sucked enough over such a wide area that you'd be an idiot to try it.


That's what I was thinking...who'd be crazy enough to film that from the air?
 
2013-05-21 12:12:08 AM
Ahem...

Damn Nature, you scary...
 
2013-05-21 12:22:52 AM
That has got to be a gold mine for the meteorologists that actually study tornadoes.
 
2013-05-21 12:23:44 AM
I didn't realize at first that this was time lapse.
 
2013-05-21 12:43:37 AM

sammyk: That has got to be a gold mine for the meteorologists that actually study tornadoes.


Maybe if they slow the tape down to real time.

Dammit
 
2013-05-21 01:22:38 AM

Lsherm: How far away do you have to be to film a tornado from a helicopter?  I always assumed the weather sucked enough over such a wide area that you'd be an idiot to try it.


My assumption is that it's either an IFR helicopter, or someone's about to be seriously, SERIOUSLY in trouble with the FAA once one of them get a hold of this video.

At any rate, things down there are bad. Tennessee USAR Task Force 1 just launched towards the area using the Air National Guard C-17s out of Memphis International.
 
2013-05-21 04:01:53 AM

Lsherm: How far away do you have to be to film a tornado from a helicopter?  I always assumed the weather sucked enough over such a wide area that you'd be an idiot to try it.


It's a supercell. It's just one big ass cloud that goes way the hell up, not a line of storms along a front. Plus I'm sure the camera has a pretty good zoom on it.
 
2013-05-21 05:41:55 AM

log_jammin: Lsherm: How far away do you have to be to film a tornado from a helicopter?  I always assumed the weather sucked enough over such a wide area that you'd be an idiot to try it.

It's a supercell. It's just one big ass cloud that goes way the hell up, not a line of storms along a front. Plus I'm sure the camera has a pretty good zoom on it.


A news helicopter could certainly have shot that video from miles away a mounted camera was outfitted with a high-end Panasonic or Fujinonbroadcast lens. Very few pilots working for a helicopter company contracted by a television station would risk their license or their lives for a shot.
 
2013-05-21 05:47:31 AM

gsiofa: A news helicopter could certainly have shot that video from miles away a mounted camera was outfitted with a high-end Panasonic or Fujinonbroadcast lens. Very few pilots working for a helicopter company contracted by a television station would risk their license or their lives for a shot.


yup.

Our local helicopter guy after shooting a tornado

In the very beginning before the zoom in you get a better sense of how far away they are (and how much of the sky is clear outside of the storm).
 
2013-05-21 07:16:55 AM
weird how it just disappears at the end.
 
2013-05-21 08:05:26 AM
This should be the video for Tool's Vicarious
 
2013-05-21 11:54:01 AM
When your webpage looks like this:

i521.photobucket.com

You have failed as web designer.
Fark flash only pages.
 
2013-05-21 12:22:10 PM
There's a bit of a gap in the footage, so there's possibly a good chunk of it missing. Also, this was linked by the Oklahoman, don't know why they linked to a Memphis station. Probably owned by the same company.

/Subby, obviously
 
2013-05-21 03:48:33 PM
Somebody's going to add Yakety Sax and I already hate them for it.
 
2013-05-21 05:32:31 PM

slayer199: Lsherm: How far away do you have to be to film a tornado from a helicopter?  I always assumed the weather sucked enough over such a wide area that you'd be an idiot to try it.

That's what I was thinking...who'd be crazy enough to film that from the air?


You'd be surprised at how powerful those camera lenses are. Also, that cell was huge. 
Get a good high-res digital video camera with wicked optics, and you can zoom in on a street sign from well over 2000'.
/works with lots of video equipment on a regular basis.
 
2013-05-21 07:46:11 PM
Tornados are terrifying.  I hope no one I ever meet has to live through one.
 
2013-05-21 08:18:23 PM

Lsherm: How far away do you have to be to film a tornado from a helicopter?  I always assumed the weather sucked enough over such a wide area that you'd be an idiot to try it.


He's at least a couple miles away. They have some really awesome lenses on TV choppers.
 
2013-05-21 08:33:45 PM
hardinparamedic:
My assumption is that it's either an IFR helicopter, or someone's about to be seriously, SERIOUSLY in trouble with the FAA once one of them get a hold of this video.

He violated no FARs.  For (day) fixed wing, 500 feet below the cloud, 1000 feet above, 2000 feet laterally, and 3 miles visibility is all you need in Class E.  For class G, even less at 1 mile visibility and stay clear of clouds.

Helicopters are even less.  Stay out of the cloud and don't fly faster than you can see.

--Carlos V.
 
2013-05-21 09:05:47 PM
There's a video on youtube from a group of storm chasers. The guy is praying fervently the whole time as he zooms in on what looks like a swarm of debris circling in the sky. They drive up to the tornado's wake right after it leaves and there's nothing but ripped-raw mud, stumps, and piles of dirt. The last line of the video is chilling.

"This looks like a day car or something. Look at all the kids - "

The video abruptly cuts out at that point.
 
2013-05-21 11:15:02 PM

slayer199: Lsherm: How far away do you have to be to film a tornado from a helicopter?  I always assumed the weather sucked enough over such a wide area that you'd be an idiot to try it.

That's what I was thinking...who'd be crazy enough to film that from the air?


Chopper Dave?
 
2013-05-22 01:49:15 AM
Jim, do you hear that buzzing sound?

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2013-05-22 01:49:20 AM

Lsherm: How far away do you have to be to film a tornado from a helicopter?  I always assumed the weather sucked enough over such a wide area that you'd be an idiot to try it.


Former chopper photog here.

I was thinking the same thing, but every pilot is different. Me and my pilot never flew if there were gusts over 40 knots (which sometimes pissed the station off, but we don't risk our lives for news) Other pilots are basically crazy and want to go fly in shiatty situations like this. Doing the whole "we'll try to stay away from it" is not very safe. And yes, a good lens can zoom pretty damn far.
 
2013-05-22 10:12:53 AM

Lsherm: How far away do you have to be to film a tornado from a helicopter?  I always assumed the weather sucked enough over such a wide area that you'd be an idiot to try it.


People always comment how still it gets just before a tornado hits, maybe there's an area of calm that a helicopter can stay in while filming?

/not a weather expert
 
2013-05-22 03:07:12 PM

duenor: There's a video on youtube from a group of storm chasers. The guy is praying fervently the whole time as he zooms in on what looks like a swarm of debris circling in the sky. They drive up to the tornado's wake right after it leaves and there's nothing but ripped-raw mud, stumps, and piles of dirt. The last line of the video is chilling.

"This looks like a day car or something. Look at all the kids - "

The video abruptly cuts out at that point.


goddamnitsomuch
 
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