Top U.S. tornado videos of 2012

2012 was a quiet year for tornadoes. Really, it was as quiet as it gets. When using inflation adjusted numbers, 2012 is on track to go down as one of the least productive in the modern record (dating back to the 1950s). But, there were still tornadoes, and tornado videos. Some pretty intense ones too! Below is a sample of the best. I’ve chosen one video from each of the main outbreaks that were widely videoed in 2012, as several videos from each event could have made the list.

There were a number of close calls for this post, and ones arguably deserving a mention, like this EF-2 in Wyoming in June. A few lower-level tornadoes have been included, either because of their location or unusual nature. Feel free to chime in with anything you feel should have been given mention!

February 28, 2012 – EF-0 near Stapleton, Nebraska – by Scott Hammel
…Only February tornado on record in Nebraska…

March 2, 2012 – EF-4 near Henryville, Indiana – via CNN
…Numerous “top” tornado videos came from this outbreak. See many more!….

March 15, 2012 – EF-3 in Dexter, Michigan – by Nick Nolte

April 9, 2012 – EF-3 near Forney, Texas – by Supercell Hunting
…Numerous “top” tornado videos came from this outbreak. See many more!….

April 14, 2012 – EF-4 southwest of Salina, Kansas – by Team TWISTEX
…Numerous “top” tornado videos came from this outbreak. See many more!….

May 19, 2012 – EF-3 near Rago, Kansas – by Mike Theiss

May 25, 2012 – EF-2 near LaCrosse, Kansas – by TornadoAlleyVideos
… members saw this tornado! See video and photos….

June 1, 2012 – EF-1 (originally a supercell waterspout) in Hampton, Virginia – by DLRY

June 22, 2012 – EF-2 in southwest South Dakota (4 miles north of Ardmore) – by TornadoVideosdotnet

September 5, 2012 – EF-2 near Corning, Arkansas – by bobo01998

September 8, 2012 – EF-0 (originally a supercell waterspout) near Breezy Point, New York – by David Capellini

December 10, 2012 – EF-1 near Edgewater, Florida – by Drew Cavanaugh

December 25, 2012 – EF-2 in Mobile, Alabama – via Daniel True

This post was updated on December 30, 2012 to include a tornado from the Christmas Day 2012 Outbreak.

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