Rare Look Inside A Tornado Caught On Tape (VIDEO)

Jul 09, 2009 | Updated May 25, 2011

The "Today Show" interviewed Mike Bettes of "The Weather Channel" and showed the extraordinary video he captured of the complete life cycle of a tornado. He's involved in a project called Vortex 2, which is studying how to improve the accuracy of forecasting when and where tornadoes will happen, as well as the characteristics of tornadoes in general, with the ultimate goal of helping to save people's lives.

The footage of this tornado is even more rare because the twister turned sideways, allowing Bettes and his crew to film the inside of the tornado from the top, something that he doesn't believe has ever been done before.

Watch the footage below.

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