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Posted at 1:50 PM ET, 10/ 8/2010

Reed Timmer, tornado chaser: Ask him questions

By Jason Samenow

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Storm chaser Reed Timmer in action. Courtesy the Discovery Channel

Next Wednesday (Oct. 13) at 10 p.m. (ET), Discovery Channel's "Storm Chasers" spins up the first episode of its fourth season. The action packed series about the pursuit of tornadoes will document how its expert chasers, Reed Timmer and Chris Chittick, "used their science background and tracking skills to save lives during one of the most violent storm seasons on record" according to Discovery.

Timmer, who has captured over 200 tornadoes on film, has agreed to answer questions from Capital Weather Gang and its readers about the program and tornado chasing.

Please comment below with your questions about tornado chasing for "extreme" chaser Reed Timmer.

We'll post Timmer's responses next Wednesday, just ahead of the fourth season's debut "Storm Chasers" program.

Storm Chasers website
Reed Timmer's biography
Reed Timmer on Twitter (@tornadovideos)
Reed Timmer on Facebook

By Jason Samenow  | October 8, 2010; 1:50 PM ET
Categories:  Capital Weather Gang, Thunderstorms  
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I'll start:

I want a storm chasing experience. How do I do it and do it safely?

The storm chasing industry is growing and growing. Are you concerned that too many people are chasing storms? Is this a safety issue?


Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | October 8, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

What training did you need to become a storm chaser?

Posted by: Ann-CapitalWeatherGang | October 8, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Have you had any close calls with lightning strikes while filming tornadoes?

Posted by: Kevin-CapitalWeatherGang | October 8, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

I have two questions.

First, what websites do you use to pinpoint potential storm/tornadoes?

Second, have you had any close calls where you knew you were too close for comfort?

Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions!

Posted by: david_in_stafford | October 8, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

To what extent is chasing more than a spectator sport and entertainment - a real fun thing to do - than science?

I do not denigrate in any way the science credentials of folks like Reed, but it's hard to accept the notion that they are anything more than tourist guides for paying customers.

I have no problem with this, as long as they don't get in the way of honest-to-goodness research programs and avoid being hazards to normal vehicle traffic. Being in a position to help out, as illustrated, is honorable, but, I suspect, a relatively rare occurrence.

Posted by: SteveT-CapitalWeatherGang | October 9, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Can you comment on the VORTEX 2 project? I know your team wasn't involved but you definitely have some insight to the personalities on the team. In your opinion, was the VORTEX 2 project a successfully run operation?

Also, can you comment on the "Chaser Convergence" issue that took place in Oklahoma (I think it was late June?)? In general, there was lots of controversy surrounding bad driving behaviors (rumored to be the Discovery crew) and preventing the researchers from getting into position. What's your take on all this?

Thanks for your time and I love your work!

Posted by: amandap2986 | October 11, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

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