I was in the town Mapleton, Iowa as it was hit by a tornado April 9, 2011. Today I retrieved some archived Mesoscale Analysis charts just to refresh my memory of what the Mapleton day looked like from a meteorological standpoint. Thought I’d post them here along with some screen grabs and the complete video below.
The Mapleton tornado developing overhead southwest of my position.
This is the view out my windshield as the tornado is entering town and headed directly toward me.
This is the view over my left shoulder as I escape to the west.
The tornado was very dirty and appeared to be getting larger!
I reposition well to the west as I am concerned the tornado track will hook left as they often do. The kidney shaped damage path above confirms the left hook and you can see the tornado struck my original position.
I end the chase and return to town to see if I can be of any assistance. The engine was still running in this GMC truck but I could not find the driver.
Watch the entire video above.
Do you have any memories of the Mapleton tornado? If so, please leave comments below!