A strong upper-level trough began to pivot its way through the western U.S. on Friday, April 13, 2012 with several front-running disturbances out ahead of it. This sparked a number of tornadoes that were reported in Oklahoma, including quite close to Oklahoma City.

The main tornado outbreak is now underway today, April 14, with additional activity expected through tomorrow. Today’s high risk tornado threat encompasses the cities of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Wichita,  Kansas; Topeka, Kansas; Lincoln, Nebraska; and Omaha, Nebraska.

Notes: Tornadoes are not necessarily in order of occurrence. There are many videos, so it may take awhile to load the page. This post will be updated as additional videos surface…

April 13

Norman, Oklahoma

April 13

Norman, Oklahoma

Altus, Oklahoma

Blair, Oklahoma


Hard to see — appears to be a wedge in heavy rain.

Cooperton, Oklahoma

Near Alden, Oklahoma

April 14

Timken, Kansas

North Platte, Nebraska

Rice County, Kansas

Abilene, Kansas

Burdett, Kansas

Great Bend area, Kansas

Lyle, Kansas

Lyons, Kansas

Lindsborg, Kansas

Southwest of Salina, Kansas

Langley/Salina area, Kansas

Geneseo, Kansas

Northeast of Salina, Kansas

Seward, Kansas

Newton, Kansas

Near Cherokee, Oklahoma

Hesston, Kansas

Wichita, Kansas (southeastern)

Manchester, Oklahoma

Woodward, Oklahoma

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