Well, I wasn't really aimed towards the tornado. I was aiming to get lightning shots so I had the GoPro facing north not west and there were a lot of trees/powerlines in the way. Like I said, I just happened to notice it when I was reviewing the video off to the side. I wouldn't have noticed it had not been for the tornado warning then debris signature showing up on radar. Honestly, it was a fast spin up.
I'm glad Smithville wasn't in the direct path and you (JPWX) and all the folks there are ok. My Mom lives there and so do many of my friends... so I especially pay attention to your posts. Yesterday I told everyone I know to be aware of the weather today because of what I read here, so thank you guys.When it comes to the weather, there are so many moving parts and so many variables involved that even a relatively small change in a single factor can be the difference between a non-event and a historic event. There's a reason why a meteorologist (Edward Lorentz) was the one who first developed chaos theory, after all.
One of those friends sent me a picture, He lost his house in 2011. He said it was on the other side of the Tenn/Tom Waterway which borders the western edge of town.
Look like it's going to be a long and busy tornado season.