A video on YouTube offers new perspective on the tornado that struck Branson February 29.
A user named marsradio created a video that shows the path of the EF-2 tornado as it travelled from Kimberling City to Branson.
The National Weather Service determined the storm tracked 22 miles and was on the ground for 20 minutes.
Here is the explanation marsradio posted on YouTube:
I created this movie using information published by the National Weather Service in Springfield, MO about the February 29, 2012 Kimberling City - Branson - Kissee Mills Tornado.
The resulting kmz file produced by the National Weather Service was used to render a 3D flyover using Google Earth. All video clips were shot by me the afternoon following the tornado.
Background music is credited to: Longzijun, and it is used by permission with proper aforementioned credit.
According to the National Weather Service in Springfield, MO, this tornado traveled about 22 miles. It ranged in intensity of a high EF-1 to a low EF-2. It traveled at speeds of around 60 to 70 miles per hour completing the 22-mile journey in about 19 minutes.
The tornado appears to have organized over the waters of Table Rock Lake to the west of Kimberling City, MO. It then moved onshore near Joe Bald Road and then continued eastbound eventually striking the heart of Branson just a few minutes later.
The tornado was approximately 400 yards wide - or about 4 football fields!
Many injuries were reported. There were no fatalities. If this tornado hit during the busy tourist season in Branson, those statistics would probably be very different.