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(WXedge)   Storm-chasers diary of the record breaking OK tornado   (wxedge.com) divider line 38
    More: Followup, El Reno, tornadoes, Reno, Texas Panhandle, storm chasers, tornado outbreaks  
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2013-06-05 10:37:43 AM  

Well, now we know what happens when storm chasers catch one.



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img.washingtonpost.com
 
2013-06-05 11:19:19 AM  
May 30, 2013:

AUNTIE M, TOTO ITS A TWISTER ITS A TWISTER!!
 
2013-06-05 11:26:34 AM  
The next page of their diary:
img2.etsystatic.com
 
2013-06-05 11:26:45 AM  
"We see this massive tornado coming towards us just outside the city of Aaauuuggghhh... "

/Look, if he was dying, he wouldn't have bothered to carve 'Aaaauuuggghhhh'. He'd just say it.
 
2013-06-05 11:27:01 AM  
This is so stupid.
 
2013-06-05 11:28:31 AM  
It's too bad that it seems like one of the more "scientific" groups of chasers got killed, and not these amateur idiots who wanted some cool video...
 
2013-06-05 11:32:36 AM  
"Was this trip necessary?"
 
2013-06-05 11:35:43 AM  
I'm going to stand next to this row of fence posts and an old, rusty manure spreader to record it. You wait right here next to the industrial farm silo. Also I will be running out in the road as other vehicles attempt to reverse out of the oncoming path while they cope with reduced visibility.

Oh... and hold my beer.
 
2013-06-05 11:37:24 AM  
Last night I was watching some random National Geographic documentary about amazing moments/animals/nature, and one of the items on the countdown involved a tornado. I instantly recognized Tim Samaras, and they got rather close, picking up some extremely useful data with his probes. At the end, he calculated the time he had deployed the probe until the time it had reached maximum pressure-drop in the instrument recording. 82 seconds.

He said he never wanted to be anywhere near that close to a tornado again.

Rest in peace, chasers.
 
2013-06-05 11:38:30 AM  

the8re: "We see this massive tornado coming towards us just outside the city of Aaauuuggghhh... "

/Look, if he was dying, he wouldn't have bothered to carve 'Aaaauuuggghhhh'. He'd just say it.


plus one intarwebs for you.
I came here to say this. Except I was gonna use write instead of carve.
Too slow for Fark, too young to die.
 
2013-06-05 11:40:17 AM  
Self-aggrandizement...how does it work?
 
2013-06-05 11:42:54 AM  

HotIgneous Intruder: "Was this trip necessary?"


cdaudio.ovh.org
Yes.   Yes it was.
 
2013-06-05 11:45:14 AM  
Why is it that 100% of storm chasers that post video online have never heard of "video editing"? We're watching your content because we want to see what you got of the tornado, not to see the dashboard of your truck while someone yells "GO GO GO GO GO NOW" and "WOOOOOO! YEAAAAHHH DID YOU SEE THAT?"

I respect what chasers do, but not how they present it, or themselves.
 
2013-06-05 11:48:47 AM  
"Little did I know that this day would be insane chaotic with just how large these tornadoes would be. "

"Even as I right this I'm reflecting on the news..."

"But before I left I help to make sure the other chasers who are backing up to smash into one another so I wait and wave them on before I too, get into the car and get out. "


Just because one can post does not make one a journalist.
 
2013-06-05 11:50:00 AM  
About what I expected amateur trackers to look like:  pale and doughy.

Also:  $600 sunglasses?
 
2013-06-05 11:54:44 AM  

KyngNothing: It's too bad that it seems like one of the more "scientific" groups of chasers got killed, and not these amateur idiots who wanted some cool video...


I would say that the scientific teams are more aggressive than the amateur idiots.
 
2013-06-05 11:55:16 AM  

The Googles Do Nothing: About what I expected amateur trackers to look like:  pale and doughy.

Also:  $600 sunglasses?


Yes, I read that too.  Wuh?
 
2013-06-05 11:55:54 AM  
Sadly, this record probably won't make it to July.
 
2013-06-05 11:55:55 AM  
What was that jackass doing outside stumbling around?
 
2013-06-05 11:56:23 AM  

grinding_journalist: I respect what chasers do, but not how they present it, or themselves.


I'm not sure that I respect what they're doing.  What they are selling isn't data, it's the visceral thrill of being near a tornado.  They are the Steve Irwins of meteorology.  The current trend of CNN putting their footage on the air is just going to encourage them.
 
2013-06-05 12:06:15 PM  

LoneWolf343: KyngNothing: It's too bad that it seems like one of the more "scientific" groups of chasers got killed, and not these amateur idiots who wanted some cool video...

I would say that the scientific teams are more aggressive than the amateur idiots.


I'm curious why the science team would choose to bring lightweight cars as their chase vehicles.
 
2013-06-05 12:19:59 PM  
"How was the tornado?"
"Meh. It was OK."
 
2013-06-05 12:20:05 PM  

Glendale: LoneWolf343: KyngNothing: It's too bad that it seems like one of the more "scientific" groups of chasers got killed, and not these amateur idiots who wanted some cool video...

I would say that the scientific teams are more aggressive than the amateur idiots.

I'm curious why the science team would choose to bring lightweight cars as their chase vehicles.


Faster, more maneuverable. Unless you are actually looking to drive into the tornado, it is much better to simply stay out of its way.
 
2013-06-05 12:26:58 PM  

LoneWolf343: Glendale: LoneWolf343: KyngNothing: It's too bad that it seems like one of the more "scientific" groups of chasers got killed, and not these amateur idiots who wanted some cool video...

I would say that the scientific teams are more aggressive than the amateur idiots.

I'm curious why the science team would choose to bring lightweight cars as their chase vehicles.

Faster, more maneuverable. Unless you are actually looking to drive into the tornado, it is much better to simply stay out of its way.


My suggestion:
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-06-05 12:29:27 PM  
But where is the recording made by the three who were killed? That recording would probably do wonders in keeping the idiotic thrill-seekers at home.
 
2013-06-05 12:32:06 PM  

LoneWolf343: KyngNothing: It's too bad that it seems like one of the more "scientific" groups of chasers got killed, and not these amateur idiots who wanted some cool video...

I would say that the scientific teams are more aggressive than the amateur idiots.


Assuming there is actual scientific output, that's on a whole different risk/reward scale.
 
2013-06-05 12:35:59 PM  
tl/dr
 
2013-06-05 12:37:31 PM  

JusticeandIndependence: The Googles Do Nothing: About what I expected amateur trackers to look like:  pale and doughy.

Also:  $600 sunglasses?

Yes, I read that too.  Wuh?


As someone who recently bought a pair of prescription sunglasses this actually is believable. If one wants top of the line, wrap-around sunglasses (which are difficult to make properly and have to be hand crafted) $500-$600 is normal, after one adds on stuff like mirror coating and polarization. Mine cost me $250 and that was at Wal-Mart.
 
2013-06-05 01:01:25 PM  

Snarfangel: LoneWolf343: Glendale: LoneWolf343: KyngNothing: It's too bad that it seems like one of the more "scientific" groups of chasers got killed, and not these amateur idiots who wanted some cool video...

I would say that the scientific teams are more aggressive than the amateur idiots.

I'm curious why the science team would choose to bring lightweight cars as their chase vehicles.

Faster, more maneuverable. Unless you are actually looking to drive into the tornado, it is much better to simply stay out of its way.

My suggestion:
[3.bp.blogspot.com image 800x529]


The big one looks like it was from Damnation Alley, but what about the smaller one?
 
2013-06-05 01:31:11 PM  
I don't understand why the lamestream media is making these guys out as tragic heroes.  Just as smart to follow a grizzly bear around and occasionally poke it with a stick.
 
2013-06-05 02:29:52 PM  
Doesn't RainX make a Tornado-grade windshield wiper?
 
2013-06-05 04:02:18 PM  
What a farkstik.
 
2013-06-05 04:08:12 PM  

mutterfark: Snarfangel: LoneWolf343: Glendale: LoneWolf343: KyngNothing: It's too bad that it seems like one of the more "scientific" groups of chasers got killed, and not these amateur idiots who wanted some cool video...

I would say that the scientific teams are more aggressive than the amateur idiots.

I'm curious why the science team would choose to bring lightweight cars as their chase vehicles.

Faster, more maneuverable. Unless you are actually looking to drive into the tornado, it is much better to simply stay out of its way.

My suggestion:
[3.bp.blogspot.com image 800x529]

The big one looks like it was from Damnation Alley, but what about the smaller one?


Star Wars land speeder
 
2013-06-05 04:24:09 PM  
Not heroic. Just stupid.
God cannot save you from being stupid, so don't even bother praying.
If you live in a place called Tornado Alley, ... oh never mind.
 
2013-06-05 06:37:37 PM  

avratt: I don't understand why the lamestream media is making these guys out as tragic heroes.  Just as smart to follow a grizzly bear around and occasionally poke it with a stick.


Probably because the reason we know so much about tornadoes now, especially what goes on in the lower levels where the damage occurs, is because of these chasers who go in and drop probes (Or in Reed Timmer's case just drive into the farking thing) and collect data. Tim Samaras and the Twistex team weren't like Sean Casey who had no interest other than shooting a movie or some Yahoo with a video camera and his buddy, they were actual scientists who were attempting to collect valuable data that could be used to better engineer structures to hold up better to the winds inside a tornado.

For all the things we know about tornadoes, we still know nearly nothing about them. We have no idea why you can have four different supercells of the same strength, with one producing no tornado, another producing a weak tornado, another producing a family of tornadoes, and another producing a long track violent tornado. Without researchers in the field we may never truly understand the inner workings of tornadoes and the storms that produce them. Just like any  type of science there has to people involved with the practical side of things, because office work and computers can only take us so far. Physics, geology, biology, all of these involve some kind of field work. For Meteorology, specifically the study of tornadoes the field just happens to be in the middle of dangerous supercell thunderstorms.

Not to mention chasers provide invaluable information from the ground as to what the tornado is doing. Sure the radars are good, but the truth of the matter is they still cannot pinpoint the exact size or location of the tornado. They can get close, but nothing beats eyes on the ground giving the exact location, speed, and size of the tornado. That's why we have organizations like SkyWarn and The Spotter Network.

/SkyWarn Trained for three years
//Also a member of the Spotter Network
///Learned a lot from the Twistex Team
 
2013-06-06 05:39:25 AM  
Tim Samaras was also a hack who started out by stealing intellectual property as a way of garnering sponsorship from The National Geographic Society and the NWS. He had talents in electronics for sure, but made a lot of wrong calls to look good on camera. I'm sure his intentions were heroic, but the thrill of the chase took him out where he could have been a bit more precautious (especially considering the very volatile mulitple-vortex situation).

/Also SkyWarn trained
//That too
///Yup, but still irked
 
2013-06-06 11:04:08 AM  
Lessons learned:  Wear contacts and not glasses.

And, the person who posted the picture of Samaras's mangled up car really needs to die.
 
2013-06-06 09:08:53 PM  
this dude also has massive balls.  Stupid, sure.  But large balls to run out and pull a Timmer 2.0? Yes.   Better than being a fat zit faced beard neck who critiques out of his own boredom on online pseudo-news related websites, which I am currently doing, no less to prove a point.  You guys would pretty much piss and shiat yourselves simultaneously doing this, then let the tornado suck it out of your pants.
 
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