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Meet the storm chaser who drove into a tornado and survived Ronan Nagle drove straight into a tornado so that his cameraman could capture one of the most. Discovery — Full Episodes and Exclusive Videos. Storm Chasers. Bios. Watch More Full Episodes from These Networks. Discovery. join the list. Sign up for the . Storm Chasers. K likes. Welcome to the official Storm Chasers Facebook page! The content on this page is primarily focused to our US network.
And how did it feel to get the shot? It was huge for us because it took 10 chase seasons to finally get that shot. We got amazing footage along the way, but we should have had 10 great intercept shots, one a season, but it was much harder than we thought.
Stupid as it sounds, we were actually as safe as we could possibly be.
The TIV was a safe place to be. We had radar trucks reporting to us with a full picture of what the storm was doing. What was the fastest wind speed you were in?
In the Goshen one, the instrument on the TIV recorded speeds up to kph before it was ripped off. Sean once had an intercept of kph. To storm chase you also need a radar truck! Driving into these things, we often ended up being first responders, going into people's homes after a tornado had gone through and finding people covered in debris and trying to support them.
A tornado developed right over us so I backed the truck into the winds to avoid being broadsided and we watched it go north-east, pick up a modular home and explode it into bits. We drove up immediately, you could smell gas, power lines were down and we found an elderly lady sitting there, the main rafter of the house fallen just behind her back. She was covered in debris, but she survived.
What did it take to film the show? Filming Tornado Alley was not easy. You have to chase two months of the year and a tornado is a very elusive cast member so it takes a lot of time to find one, let alone intercept it, let alone film it well. At our peak, for Stormchasers, we had five different crews, hotels for two months, cars and fuel.
It was a really expensive show to make because you need to put yourself at the right place at the right time. You can hear the rain shaft in the distance. You can smell the earth being churned up when you are in a damage path after a tornado.
Meet the Midlands storm chaser with ruby slippers
You can smell wood, insulation. You can smell gas when gas lines are down. Worms, mud and moisture. Mold and warm rain. You can smell manure.
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You can taste organic matter in the air. You can taste the bits of road snacks from the local gas station you ate a few minutes ago. You can taste the smoke from a local chaser that is smoking next to you. You can touch the sharp nail that has been blown into your tire on the side of the road.
You touch the cold hailstones as you gather them in the field. You touch the car door as you can barely push it open against the wind. How do you prep for and stay safe on a chase? We usually stay together in a group, especially in a hurricane chase. When it comes to tornado chasing the best thing that can keep you safe is your eyes…watching what the storm does and how it moves in front of you. The shape of the clouds, the base of the storm, the motion of the storm.
Radar is a very integral tool to use so keeping your cell phone, tablet or laptop charged with lots of data is also something that can really be the difference between being safe or putting yourself in a dangerous spot of the storm. It grew to a very large wedge tornado at a size of 4. Three chasers died that day a half a mile up the road from us as the tornado caught up to them.
Usually we are either driving to another county or state to get into position for the next day. Usually a margarita in there too. I say that in a tongue and cheek kinda way. My chase team, particularly my chase partner Mark Robinson, treats me with utmost respect. So what terrifies you…if anything? Spiders, snakes…things like that!
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In all seriousness, I think earthquakes and the result of a tsunami would probably be the most terrifying type of natural hazard one could ever experience. The idea of a tsunami coming at a town where you live is something that completely terrifies me.
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I feel very claustrophobic when I am under water in the ocean…not a pool though. I will take you diving in the ocean anytime!
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I would really like to become a good horseback rider and own a horse one day. I also wish to live in a different part of the world, probably somewhere in the Mediterranean with my husband. I heard that once and like that plan. What other hobbies do you have that people might not expect? I have switched because of a hip injury. I love gardening and I am a newbie horseback rider. I have learned to trot.
I feel that the world is much smaller now. I think we waste too much time worrying about trivial issues in our day to day lives instead of exploring the world and doing more meaningful things in life.
It took me until now to realize this. I turn 40 next year. You only get to go around once. Advice for anyone looking to get into something like storm chasing? Know your stuff before going out in the field. It really could be the difference between saving your life or not. Surround yourself with trustworthy people and get rest when you can. Also, eat when you can. In a disaster zone, you never know when you may be able to eat again.
Answer this for me and anyone else out there doing the same thing.