Storm chasing is one of the most exhilarating and dangerous jobs in the world. Whether in pursuit of research data, better forecasting methods or heart-stopping footage, these thrill-seekers actively seek out deadly tornados, all the while putting themselves in contact with magnificent—and photogenic—scenery.
Fortunately for risk-averse extreme weather fans, many storm chasers document their experiences through Instagram. For a glimpse into the tornado-chasing life, follow these people on Instagram:
Reed Timmer, extreme meteorologist and storm chaser — @reedtimmer
Andy and his colleagues sat in a diner talking about where the next storm was heading and when. “So it looks like we can stay in town about two days before having to head towards Oklahoma.” Andy said munching on some fries and smiled as he saw a really cute worker coming over to their tables. His team of ten men and one woman were making the small diner work on overdrive. “Well aren’t you a cutie.” Andy said cutely.
With its swirling column of wind, a tornado is one of nature’s most destructive storms. The most powerful tornadoes can rip houses from the ground, throw cars in the air, flip trains, and topple trees.
All tornadoes start from thunderstorms. But not all thunderstorms produce tornadoes. It takes just the right conditions for a tornado to form.
More than 75% of all tornadoes in the world take place in “Tornado Alley,” an area that spans eight states in the Central U.S. This region has just the right conditions for thunderstorms to form: cool, dry air from the Arctic mixing with warm, humid air from the Gulf of Mexico, combined with warm, dry air from the southwest.
Tupelo Ms got hit by a tornado today, a lot of the town my family and I basically grew up in was blown away. Also Louisville is almost leveled and I heard part of my school got hit. Columbus is under a tornado warning right now. So please keep Mississippi in your prayers, we’ll need it.