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Liftoff! The 2013 season of Tornado Chasers premieres today!
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Written by Heidi Farrar   
Monday, 30 September 2013 12:49

{jcomments on}{jcomments off}From Tornado Chasers Season 2, Episode 1:



The new chase season launches as Reed and the crew add a third Dominator to the fleet. Reed joins the KFOR weather team to bring unprecedented coverage of nature's fiercest storms to residents of Tornado Alley.

The premiere episode is available now through TVNweather's OnDemand platform, at
First HIGH RISK of the year: June 12, 2013
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Written by Heidi Farrar   
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 12:27

06-12-13-high-riskA widespread, potentially significant severe weather outbreak appears likely beginning later this afternoon and lasting into tomorrow for portions of the midwest U.S., and continuing eastward to the Atlantic Coast. Today, eastern Iowa to western Ohio could see all modes of severe weather, from tornadic supecells (likely forming early in the afternoon), to damaging, large hail. A destructive bow echo or derecho is expected to evolve as storms converge and progress eastward across northern IL and Indiana. As such, the Storm Prediction Center has taken the step of issuing 2013's first HIGH RISK, with the greatest emphasis being placed on the potential for destructive winds associated with any bow echo or derecho that may develop later today. The graphic at left shows the areas under the highest threat of severe weather; as always, residents in these areas are strongly urged to consider all relevant severe weather safety precautions and plans before storms develop. For the most up to date information, and to maximize your chances of staying safe during this and other severe weather events, visit the Storm Prediction Center, your local National Weather Service website, and monitor local media.  Storm chasers will also be streaming this event live at




Also, a brief update on the May 31, 2013 tornadoes in Oklahoma. As is now widely known, the May 31, El Reno tornado has been officially rated as an EF-5, making TWO EF-5 tornadoes within 30 miles of one another within the course of 11 days. Mobile radar trucks from the University of Oklahoma measured winds approaching 300 MPH during the tornado's peak intensity; the path was also measured (conservatively) at 2.6 miles, making this the largest tornado ever recorded in the United States. This incredibly intense storm claimed the lives of at least 19 people, including our friends and colleagues Tim Samaras, his son Paul Samaras, and Carl Young.


For more information on the tornadoes on May 31, please visit the NWS web page devoted to the event, here.

A time of tremendous loss.
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Written by Heidi Farrar   
Sunday, 02 June 2013 12:31

Late yesterday evening, the storm chasing and professional meteorology communities were shocked to learn of the passing of three of our own. Tim Samaras, his son Paul, and Carl Young, were tragically among those lost in the El Reno, Oklahoma tornado on May 31, 2013. Tim, Paul and Carl were admirable men, committed to the hard science of meteorology, and were pioneers in field research.  They were also fantastic weather observers and photographers. Accepting what has happened is very difficult for all who knew and loved them; our deepest sympathies are extended toward those who are feeling such tremendous pain and sense of loss at this time.


More information can be found here.


Information on Tim's TWISTEX field project can be found here.


This past March, Tim took the time to join Reed and Joel to talk chasing during a podcast.  That can be viewed here.

In closing, I would like to share two of my favorite videos from Tim and his team:


Tim was fascinated by high-speed lightning photography.


On April 14 of last year, Tim and his team captured some of the best video of the year, as they tracked the powerful Langley, KS tornado.


Though we may not understand, may we receive comfort through each other.
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