Photographer and storm chaser Mike Olbinski captured this stunning image of a tornado just before its funnel touched down. The image was captured on Monday just outside of the town of Trinidad in Colorado, USA. Follow Olbinski on Twitter for more amazing storm photographs. Also be sure to check out his website, here.

Although tornadoes are a rare occurrence in South Africa, they are found throughout the world. After the USA the two countries with the highest tornado concentrations are Argentina and Bangladesh.

Here are some of the world’s most significant tornadoes:

  1. The largest ever recorded appeared in El Reno, Oklahoma on 31 May 2013. At its widest the tornado measured just over 4 kilometres wide.
  2. The credit of deadliest tornado is given to the Daulatpur–Saturia tornado that struck this central area of Bangladesh on 26 April 1989. More than 1 300 people lost their lives, more than 12 000 were injured and an estimated 80 000 people were left homeless.
  3. In 2011 the United States saw the Super Outbreak. Over 3 days, 7 hours and 18 minutes a total of 362 tornadoes ravaged the Southern, Midwestern and Northeastern parts of the country. The damage caused was estimated to be more than $11 billion.


Earlier this year American weather forecaster AccuWeather published a 360-degree video of a tornado, click here to watch it. If you want to know more about the science behind the storm, check out this interactive video posted by National Geographic.

Image credit: Mike Olbinski