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Astonishing video of a tornado formation recorded with a Nokia Lumia 925

Tornados are no joke, especially for a lot of people in the US this time of year. This video, posted yesterday to YouTube, already has 40K views, and it’s easy to see why. The footage shows the formation of a tornado at very close range. While the video quality is outstanding, it’s the filename that caught the attention of our tipster: WP 20140526 001.

Anyone with a Windows Phone knows that’s how videos are labeled. Combined with the high quality of the video (including superb audio and video stabilization) and it doesn’t take a prodigy to figure out this is probably a high-end Lumia of some sort.

Sit back and check it out, though be warned, there is some NSFW language involved (after all, it is a tornado!).

Update 9:30 PM ET: The video was shot with a Nokia Lumia 925, as confirmed by the video owner.

Thanks, Mike H., for the tip!

Source: YouTube



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btbam91 says:

I just drove cross country. So glad I didn't see a tornado...

The video should start with... "DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME"

coolbreeze78 says:

Shold start with "heyall yeah mangs, we are heree for the OIL RUSH in ND and thawt we would post this LUMIA WINDOWS OS PHONE THANGYY on the YouysTUbez. What we are loookin' at is a funnel cloud. A tornada. It could kill us at any second, but we film on.

It's pretty. And SKARRY. Giggle.

Run. Don't die. Bye.

Residing says:

Actually, the guy that uploaded the video said it was shot with a Lumia 925 - pretty awesome quality.

bkydcmpr says:

actually it's awesome to see them (from a distance), i saw a pair of twin tornadoes in the field a couple years back, I was with my family so I couldn't get closer, unforgettable experience.

tkdmacgeek says:

Probably taken on a 520

JM_T says:

@tkdmacgeek: Better to ask the video owner himself or even do some internet research where his recent selfie shows him using a Samsung ATIV S Neo. Although he can be some techie guy with a spare Lumia. LOL

tkdmacgeek says:

You know he used a 1020, and not some crap ICON or 1520

Then this should surprise you. Dan, the guy who uploaded it said it was a Lumia 925.

Awesome. Updating.

Life Artist says:

L925. I fucking love this phone. I get compliments all the time on my phone for its design and picture quality.

mpt15 says:

I want an L925

andynew89 says:

I love my L925 but I love my L1020 too :-D

Joel S. says:

2 things.

  1. When you see a Tornado, the first thing you should do is stand outside in your mobile home resort watching it form.
  2. Youtube's video stability sucks. It needs to die a slow and painful death.

They're lucky Darwin was on vacation.

Acbuono5 says:

Your comment needs to die a horrible death.

I'm not on Vacation lol

Blacklac says:

So your suggesting they sit in their mobile home, possibly right in its path? I wouldn't be so quick to judge there...

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Joel S. says:

Come on, really? No, when a tornado is near, you obviously TAKE COVER in something that won't get ripped up, or thrown around. Places you don't stay in? Outside, in your manufactured home, in a vehicle outside. Aside from the insane winds that create the funnel, they also turn objects into missiles which can impale, and easily blast through the windows of your average truck.

Why do you think all those people were getting the hell out of there? When the sirens are going off, you get your ass to the nearest shelter.

I've lived in the midwest for years, I know what to do when a tornado is near.

azskygod says:

"Where do we go" head right into it.

rodneyej says:

Lol!!!!... But, the comments section is the best!!! The winner of the most funny YT comment of the day goes to "Skweezy"... Lol.

jcutting says:

Yeah, man, that comment cracked me up earlier. Funny stuff.

lyubomeer says:

What's the name of the app to do such kind of screenshots? I forgot..

rodneyej says:

Device Shot.... It's awesome if you remember to use it...
That tiny pic site is also cool for easily showing pictures.. It's actually easier than OneDrive..

willied says:

"cockatiel lung"....hahahahaha.

k0de says:

Awesome the power of nature caught in action with the power of WP. What phone is that? I hope all the residents of that regent the best.

DennisvdG says:

That awesome image stabilization says it all :)

k0de says:

What's that the NL 1020? Remarkable.

I want to say yes. That's how clear the videos I capture look.

k0de says:

Cool thanks. That is a bad phone Hollywood like video. Awesome. Respect to all NL 1020 owners. Wow!

Tips_y says:

It was shot with a Lumia 925. The guy who shot the video and uploaded it to youtube said so himself in the comment section

JM_T says:

Out of curiosity as to what phone he used, I (embarrasingly) tracked him online, instead of asking. LOL... A simple search for the guy would show him taking a selfie holding a Samsunv ATIV S Neo!!!

Tips_y says:

Nice try except that Dan Yorgason who shot and uploaded the video  on youtube said in the comment section that he used a Lumia 925.

theres no way thats an ativ, maybe he changed phones since that selfie?

wag317 says:

I'm very impressed at the quality of videos that my Lumia takes.  When you're viewing it on the phone it almost looks 3D it's so clear. 

ladydias says:

Dear God, I just saw that movie for the first time this weekend. Worst movie EVER!

k0de says:

Haha that video is not a movie dog.

nelsonecm says:

He's talking about Sharknado "dog".

kevC4D says:

hahaha. and speaking of that move, i will NEVER see it.

No! Do me a favor, go watch it getting riffed live by the guys from Mystery Science Theater at your local film house:

Their live (broadcast) events are amazing. I watched the Twilight series like that and it was hilarious.

kevC4D says:

I will check it out! It's showing at a place right down the street from me!

k0de says:

I know but that is irrelevant on this thread. That is one remarkable video. Nonsense is not acceptable to derail the thread, Fuck his movie focus here is on that video. Remarkable.

kevC4D says:

Calm down. Yes, this is a cool video. But do you really want a thread of comments where every single one is 'cool video'? There's realy not much else to say about it. Life doesn't have to be serious all the time, have some fun. :)

kevC4D says:

I actually never did see it, lucky me! :)

ladydias says:

It's like a train wreck in motion. You know you shouldn't watch it but you have to see it through to the end.

k0de says:

If ya want movies ya can watch reality shows. F ya if this real world example irks you.

Wyn6 says:

Seems dumber.

keifwoki says:

Funny how one of the better quality tornado vids shot from a phone, comes from guys from a trailer park!

ladydias says:

Why? You can get a nice phone for pretty cheap courtesy of Craigslist and a prepaid plan. :)

keifwoki says:

Courtesy of Nokia ;) ... I was trying to point out the quality you get from an affordable Windows phone... Also, usually we are watching grainy crap shot from an "expensive" iPhone or similar!

JM_T says:

It's temporary housing for oil workers.

Of course it was taken from a trailer park. Tornadoes have very specific tastes.

coolbreeze78 says:

Lol. And how were they just giggling along? I would have jumped in that truck and floored in the opposite direction. They are acting like it's a movie. I'd nope right outta there.

hopmedic says:

My wife said, "They're in a trailer park!" I said, "That's why there's a tornado!"

BaritoneGuy says:

I was wondering the same thing. It seems trailer parks are like candy for extreme weather.

TechAbstract says:

People gathered there to for tornado watching.

teoami says:

It's not an actual trailer park. That is temporary housing setup for field workers such as oil and gas. You'd be surprised, those guys can actually make some pretty big bucks doing that stuff. 

Outstanding quality of audio and video. Gotta be a Lumia!

Tips_y says:

Lumia 925 to be exact. So said Dan Yorgason, the guy who shot and uploaded the video, in the comment section of youtube.

spinzeroWL says:

& that is why I own a Lumia. For all of life's random moments, my 1020 has me covered.

OHardy says:

I'm very happy they are ok & saddened by any damages resulted to others. Can Microsoft get this footage, to market a great WP ASAP !!!!! 



apocacrux says:

Video quality didn't seem any better than old VHS recorders, maybe it looks better if I watch it on my PC. But definitely a lumia based on the image stabilization and audio recording.
Very impressive to see that tornado so close up though.

It's a 720p video dude.

JM_T says:

Not sure if you were being sarcastic with the VHS comparison. But if you weren't, did you even stream it as high quality video??

apocacrux says:

I was using MyTube. I saw no setting for HQ video.

TK2011 says:

Yup, I see Lumia OIS in action!

Judging from nice conditions of homes and trucks, I'm guessing these guys probably work for the oil sector booming in the area (Watford, ND)

RaRa85 says:

These guys have the whole "keep calm" thing How are they just laughing like that?

I wish they would have recorded in 1080p :/

We have tornadoes, cause we live in a giant toilet. Someone is just flushing a giant turd away. Just look on the floor outside. Pieces O turd everywhere >ㅁ<

TJWINS says:

These guys have balls

Joe920 says:

.. for brains

hopmedic says:

And are too stupid to know how to use either.

birgs says:

He used only 5 mega pixel lumia 520. Look his other videos in YouTube.

Tips_y says:

He said in the comment section it's a Lumia 925.

dandunk says:

Actually reminded me more of a large construction site with multiple contractors. Notice all the vehicles were pretty much the same. They say it's gonna hit their shop and in the comments it say North Dakota oil workers. So it's not like an Arkansas divorce.

Metaru says:

Those trailers probably cost for grand a month if they're in Watford city

Found a news story about the Tornado, they are using the same video.  According to the story, 9 people went to the Hospital, no deaths reported.  

Very imressive video though.  Very cool


Correction, multiple stories, including major news outlets. All with the same video with the cursing.  Lots of agencies trying to licence the footage as well.

Bacchus1976 says:

Some thoughts:

1. Incredible video quality. Impressive and something the Lumia folks should hang their hat on.

2. Incredible video content, they were practically staring straight up that funnel. Never seen anything like that before. 

3. Getting in your car in a tornado is the single WORST choice you can make, never do that. Find a ditch or a low lying area. Getting under the deck probably would have been the wisest choice. 

hopmedic says:

As soon as I saw the deck, I told my wife, "I'd be getting under the deck." And I used to be a storm spotter, trained by the NWS. These guys are idiots.

JM_T says:

Just watched it on a larger screen, (Vizio Smart TV) and the quality is awesome!

SuperSport says:

I really hope these guys are not an accurate example of Windows Phone Users. It was like watching Bevis and Butthead... HuhHuhHuh...

hagjohn says:

What dumbasses. This video should be "What not to do when you see a tornado!".


Deaconclgi says:

"Sit back and check it out, though be warned, there is some NSFW language involved (after all, it is a tornado!)."

LOL. Contrary to popular belief, not everyone curses in the face of danger and possible death, whether tornado or gunfire in the LZ. ;)

armyvet66629 says:

I'm an army infantry vet that served in the korengal valley in Afghanistan. Cursed everyday

Deaconclgi says:

My comment was that not everyone does. If you did, then you are in the the group that did. To each his or her own. I just saw Daniel's sentence as a little hilarious.

Blocks9 says:

Slow news day?

Nope, Blocks9 bad comment day though!

Also, 28 articles != slow news day ;)

Wam1q says:

Should be '!='...

Yeah man. Humans fail sometimes but his intentions was right. Too many articles after holiday.

JM_T says:

Dan, it would be best to confirm with the video owner if it was indeed a Lumia. It would be a great surprise if it wasn't.... I didn't have the luxury or motivation to ask and wait for a reply from the owner. Just searching him (and confirming his credentials) would turn up a picture of him using a Samsung ATIV S Neo.
It's not like I violated his privacy btw since he has those pics in public availability. (This reminds me of that FBI character in criminal minds who does internet/database checks... LOL).

It was confirmed as a Lumia 925.

Tips_y says:

Dan Yorgason himself said in the comment section of youtube where he uploaded the video that he used the Lumia 925.

hopmedic says:

You're not a real fan if you don't know Penelope's name.

Why all are so sure it was Lumia? It can be any windows phone!

TuanLVT says:

Koz of the OIS

TuanLVT is right. When you use a Lumia 920 or above long enough, you can't help but recognize the audio quality from the HAAC mics and OIS.

Tips_y says:

Maybe because the guy who shot the video and uploaded it to youtube, Dan Yorgason, said so himself in the comment section?

Will6371 says:

If you read the comments you would see it has been reported he said he took it with a 925

To be fair, Parag asked before it was verified to be a Lumia.

Will6371 says:

Sorry to Parag, I stand corrected and smaller now.


Thanks Jack for pointing it out.

JM_T says:

Out of curiosity as to what phone he used, I (embarrasingly) tracked him online, instead of asking. LOL... A simple search for the guy would show him taking a selfie holding a Samsunv ATIV S Neo!!!

Tips_y says:

Except that in this case, Dan Yorgason, who shot and uploaded the video on youtube, himself said in the comment section of his youtube account that he used the Lumia 925.

hopmedic says:

From a former storm spotter, trained by the National Weather Service, don't do this. Even if you have a Lumia.

hopmedic says:

That would be EF5 these days. ;-)

rich4aikido says:

I would literally deficate myself if I ever saw a tornado that close. 

Will6371 says:

I would do the "holy trinity" Shit, piss and vomit all at the same time if i seen that comming for me. So much so i would be dehydrated and die before it got to me.

They don't seem particularly frightened by the event. Treating it all as a piss take.

xFalk says:

Yeah, until someone loses an eye.

hopmedic says:

It's all good until a 2x4 gets driven through your brain.

megajo123 says:

IS it just me, or did the indestructability of the Nokia save their lives?

nakialj says:

I watch the video and that tornado was so close towards them. Wow they that bold to record a dangerous tornado.

hopmedic says:

There's a big difference between bold and stupid. These guys didn't make it to bold.

MaulerX says:

Those guys are nuts laughing and all. It's amazing how much better the video looks on the Mytube app as opposed to the web based hq version.

mayblast says:

1:19 says it the best: Rednecks (see it for yourselves from the video). Nevermind your cellphone, just help people around you by telling themselves to duck cover, and only after that pussy-hide yourselves into a vehicle. 

demontooth says:

Pussy-hide?  Would you have ripped your shirt open, bared your chest to the tornado and did your best primal scream?

Metaru says:

Ha, this is all over my Facebook wall too, cause I'm from North Dakota.

Sean Cua says:

So he replied.

Recorded with a 925.

monigal2 says:

Nl925 is a very nice phone. I switch between it and the nl 920

S Vaibhav says:

Awesome! Nice audio and video quality.

blackprince says:

Nice camp, the oil companies put them all up in mobile homes, way better than the modular condos i was in Fort Mac.

psyclopps says:

This blew my mind, did they end up driving away? That phone takes amazing video, makes me regret switching to an HTC One M8. I love Windows Phone, anyone want to trade? 

Antluv82 says:

That sh#$ was crazy......u rite I won't try that at home

MDMcAtee says:

Well......if he get's tired if being a ruffneck,he's got a good start at being a storm chaser...


Wall iPhone says:

Why are they not trying to warn the others in the trailer park that a tornado is forming, people might die because these guys want to film the tornado instead.

nez99 says:

Those dudes were complete idiots they could have easily died

ricardios says:

OIS is amazing.

bradmente says:

We just need a follow up video with side by side footage from the GS4 and the iPhone 5s.

Annoying voice, but really cool vid!

Android and iOS users don't know what they're missing

ltjordan24 says:

  Those guys are crazy. But that was an awesome video. Special effects have nothing on Mother Nature.