Prticle systems/smoke simulator

Hey, i have been trying to make a short film for tornado awareness week, and i tried to make a high resolution tornado using the smoke simulator, but keep crashing my computer, what am i doing wrong? (FYI on my physics panel i have divisions set at 26)

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Crashes are usually not enough RAM for the settings you have (been my experience anyway).
Have you seen this tut and method?

You could pull down a working version of a tornado and see if it crashes your system.