Tonight’s episode of Storm Chasers on Discovery is supposed to be an especially good one. It premieres at 10 Eastern/9 Central. Joel Taylor posted on Facebook that the Bowdle, SD wedge tornado will be shown. He says it is the most spectacular tornado ever telecast on the series.
|Kim Dugger storm chasing.
Have you ever wondered how storm chasing started? I tell the story for the first time in Warnings. I was present in Felgar Hall at the University of Oklahoma when it was first proposed.
|Chaser Katie Bay reporting the storm so a warning can be issued while simultaneously photographing it.|
Greenleaf Book Group, Warnings’ publisher, has created a Facebook page about the book.
And, if you would like to read the first chapter of Warnings, click here.
Even today with Doppler radar, chasers and spotters play a vital role in the warning process.
UPDATE: 10:05PM. Tonight’s was — by far — the best episode in the series. A tremendous tornado and much less of Sean/Reed “drama.” Keeping in mind this is reality TV, there is a lot of creative editing. You see very dramatic photos of metal power transmission towers falling, a rare site. But 34 minutes into the program look to the left of the tornado. A toppled tower magically resurrects itself.
UPDATE II: 10am Thursday: If you want to see still photos and radar imagery of the giant tornado featured in last night’s Storm Chasers click here.