Storm Chasers

UK PREMIERE SERIES MONDAYS FROM 20TH DECEMBER, 10.00PM 

December sees the world’s top storm chasers return to Tornado Alley, now armed to get closer than ever to America’s deadly twisters. Extreme meteorologist Reed Timmer, IMAX filmmaker Sean Casey and weather engineer Tim Samaras battle weather and each other, to get images and data that could help decode the secrets of nature’s most intense storms.

After dissolving their partnership last year, Reed and chasing partner Joel are back together in an upgraded Dominator, but a vehicle malfunction threatens to end their first chase. While Sean has a power struggle with new navigator Matt that could cause him to miss an intercept shot. Then the storm of the season explodes across Mississippi, where trees, hills and heavy population combine to make the deadliest chasing environment in the country.

Tracking another storm to the west, Sean and Tim anxiously await news as Reed, Joel and Chris drive overnight to chase a Mississippi monster – a 1.75 mile wide EF-4 tornado bearing down on the small town of Yazoo City. This epic chase turns into a race against time to save lives and changes their lives forever. 

 

Mondays From 4th January, 9.00pm

Storm Chasers roars back this January for an all-new series. Get a front row seat to nature’s fury in the heart of “Tornado Alley” as scientists, researchers and weather enthusiasts gear up and hunker down in their pursuit of the ultimate tornado footage. Reed Timmer and his team return with their newly armored chase vehicle “The Dominator,” racing to be first on the storm scene ahead of IMAX filmmaker Sean Casey and his monster tank-like TIV (Tornado Intercept Vehicle).

New this season is veteran researcher and storm chaser Tim Samaras, whose even keel, steady leadership is in marked contrast to the frenzied atmosphere and roller coaster of emotions inside Timmer and Casey’s teams. Last year, Sean, still collecting footage for his dream IMAX film, continued his quest to film from inside an actual tornado. After being paired the first two seasons with researcher and long-time storm chaser Dr Joshua Wurman, Sean is now with a new team of young, eager but inexperienced trackers. Can the newbies rise to the challenge?

Mondays From 4th January, 9.00pm

Storm Chasers roars back this January for an all-new series. Get a front row seat to nature’s fury in the heart of “Tornado Alley” as scientists, researchers and weather enthusiasts gear up and hunker down in their pursuit of the ultimate tornado footage. Reed Timmer and his team return with their newly armored chase vehicle “The Dominator,” racing to be first on the storm scene ahead of IMAX filmmaker Sean Casey and his monster tank-like TIV (Tornado Intercept Vehicle).

New this season is veteran researcher and storm chaser Tim Samaras, whose even keel, steady leadership is in marked contrast to the frenzied atmosphere and roller coaster of emotions inside Timmer and Casey’s teams. Last year, Sean, still collecting footage for his dream IMAX film, continued his quest to film from inside an actual tornado. After being paired the first two seasons with researcher and long-time storm chaser Dr Joshua Wurman, Sean is now with a new team of young, eager but inexperienced trackers. Can the newbies rise to the challenge?

Mondays From 4th January, 9.00pm

Storm Chasers roars back this January for an all-new series. Get a front row seat to nature’s fury in the heart of “Tornado Alley” as scientists, researchers and weather enthusiasts gear up and hunker down in their pursuit of the ultimate tornado footage. Reed Timmer and his team return with their newly armored chase vehicle “The Dominator,” racing to be first on the storm scene ahead of IMAX filmmaker Sean Casey and his monster tank-like TIV (Tornado Intercept Vehicle).

New this season is veteran researcher and storm chaser Tim Samaras, whose even keel, steady leadership is in marked contrast to the frenzied atmosphere and roller coaster of emotions inside Timmer and Casey’s teams. Last year, Sean, still collecting footage for his dream IMAX film, continued his quest to film from inside an actual tornado. After being paired the first two seasons with researcher and long-time storm chaser Dr Joshua Wurman, Sean is now with a new team of young, eager but inexperienced trackers. Can the newbies rise to the challenge?

Mondays From 4th January, 9.00pm

Storm Chasers roars back this January for an all-new series. Get a front row seat to nature’s fury in the heart of “Tornado Alley” as scientists, researchers and weather enthusiasts gear up and hunker down in their pursuit of the ultimate tornado footage. Reed Timmer and his team return with their newly armored chase vehicle “The Dominator,” racing to be first on the storm scene ahead of IMAX filmmaker Sean Casey and his monster tank-like TIV (Tornado Intercept Vehicle).

New this season is veteran researcher and storm chaser Tim Samaras, whose even keel, steady leadership is in marked contrast to the frenzied atmosphere and roller coaster of emotions inside Timmer and Casey’s teams. Last year, Sean, still collecting footage for his dream IMAX film, continued his quest to film from inside an actual tornado. After being paired the first two seasons with researcher and long-time storm chaser Dr Joshua Wurman, Sean is now with a new team of young, eager but inexperienced trackers. Can the newbies rise to the challenge?

This thrilling documentary series follows a team of
intrepid scientists and filmmakers as they attempt
to pursue twisters in America’s Tornado Alley. In
the last episode of the series, tempers begin to
fray as the storm season winds down. Desperate
to achieve a shot from inside a tornado, Sean
decides to attempt a highly dangerous intercept
without radar guidance.
Every spring, filmmakers and scientists descend
on the Midwest of America to document one of
the most destructive weather patterns on the
planet. Filmmaker Sean Casey has travelled the
world recording nature’s extremes and is
determined to cap his latest film with the holy grail
of storm images – footage from inside the eye of a
tornado. In his quest to obtain this footage, Sean
has joined forces with meteorologist Dr Josh
Wurman and a team of tornado hunters with
state-of-the-art radar equipment.
The storm chasers are approaching the end of
the two-month tornado season and their
exhaustion is beginning to show. Six weeks of
constant travel, living in motels and early starts
have taken their toll. “This is like the fifth day in a
row I think we’ve chased for something,” says
scout team leader Justin Walker. “We’re all just
getting tired.”
The team has tracked 23 tornadoes so far this
season and Josh has gathered reams of useful
scientific data; however, Sean remains without his
prized shot. “The stakes are huge,” he says. “It
doesn’t mean financial ruin for me to not get the
shot, but it means my life is on hold another year.”
Their different objectives are beginning to drive a
wedge between the two team leaders. Sean feels
that Josh’s commitment is waning now he has the
data he needs, and his suspicions appear to be
well founded when the team sets off in pursuit of a
storm and Josh is nowhere to be found. In his
frustration, Sean even considers making a risky
intercept without Josh’s radar guidance. By the
time Josh catches up with the crew, the storm has
dissipated. “I don’t think he’s really with it right
now,” is the most charitable thing Sean can say
about his colleague.
With no promising weather patterns for the next
few days, Josh heads home to visit his family. No
sooner has he gone than Sean gets wind of a
storm forming in the Texas panhandle. The crew
races south, but without the Doppler radar, they
must rely on their eyes to manoeuvre the tank-like
TIV (Tornado Intercept Vehicle) into the storm’s
path. “I realise that without the radar we are taking
a stupid risk,” Sean admits. But once again, the
storm evaporates before they can get close.
Further bad luck strikes when the TIV breaks
down on its way to chase another tornado. The
$3,000 repair bill sucks up a large chunk of
Sean’s budget and forces him to economise –
beginning with accommodation. His assistant,
Byron, is less than thrilled to learn that he will be
sharing not only a hotel room with his boss, but
also a bed.
It is virtually the last day of the season before
the crew hears reports of another promising
storm front. The scout vehicle gets close enough
to drop a probe in the tornado’s path. This device
allows the team to measure the storm’s wind
speed, air pressure and temperature. Josh then
guides the TIV into a spot that should intersect
with the tornado. However, the storm changes
direction at the last moment and misses the TIV
by just 90 metres. Sean is forced to go racing
after it, with an unscheduled stop to take on
petrol along the way. At last the TIV is in the
perfect place – and an astonished Sean cannot
believe his luck when the tornado’s funnel unfurls
directly above his head…

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This thrilling documentary series follows a team of
intrepid scientists and filmmakers as they attempt
to pursue twisters in America’s Tornado Alley. This
week, a bad decision may result in the storm
chasers missing the tornado of the decade.
Every spring, filmmakers and scientists descend
on the Midwest of America to document one of
the most destructive weather patterns on the
planet. Filmmaker Sean Casey has travelled the
world recording nature’s extremes and is
determined to cap his latest film with the holy grail
of storm images – footage from inside the eye of a
tornado. In his quest to obtain this footage, Sean
has teamed up with meteorologist Dr Josh
Wurman and a team of tornado hunters with
state-of-the-art radar equipment.
With just three weeks left of the twister season in
Tornado Alley, tensions are running high as the
chasers suffer a series of setbacks in their quest to
track the perfect storm. Having covered 12,000
miles across eight states, weary brains and frayed
nerves continue to widen the rift between the
scientists and the filmmakers. Sean cannot fathom
these failures. “We’re with the premiere scientific
team in the nation with the latest technology – all
the gizmos,” he says, clearly blaming Josh’s
management skills for the problems.
To make matters worse, the mission comes to a
grinding halt when three days pass without the
crucial weather activity needed to feed a twister.
“The last three days have been a goose chase. A
goose chase – not a wild goose chase,” Sean
reflects, despairing of the sleepy weather patterns.
When the meteorologists identify a fresh storm
system on the radar, the teams perk up again. But
yet another disagreement reveals that it is not a
case simply of scientists versus creatives. Unrest
within Josh’s team comes to the fore when he
goes against the advice of head meteorologist
Justin, and steers north instead of south. Later
that day, when a huge storm hits 50 miles to the
south, it is too late for the crews to backtrack.
Trying to soften the blow, Josh philosophises:
“Storm chasing is about how you handle failure,”
he suggests.
Failures aside, there is always another storm just
around the corner. After another argument about
which direction holds the right conditions for the
perfect brew, the group journeys east. But with
weakening storms and gathering dark, Sean
decides to retire his team for the night and lead
them to a local bar. While winding down and
reflecting on the day’s activites, the filmmakers tune
into the television news only to learn that they have
missed a colossal tornado in Greensburg – a
location Sean had considered visiting that morning.
The chasers have missed the chance of a
lifetime, but when they visit the township and see
the devastation the storm has caused, the extent
of their personal loss is put into perspective.
“Tragedy comes with no speckling of a silver
lining,” Josh reflects.
After a short time dwelling on what might have
been, the storm chasers move out to the Kansas-
Oklahoma border, where a 500-mile stretch of
storms is forming. With so many potential
twisters to choose from, they zero in on a
‘spaceship’ storm – a thunderstorm with serious
tornado potential. Will Sean finally achieve the
ultimate prize in tornado filming?

This thrilling new documentary series follows a
team of intrepid scientists and filmmakers as they
attempt to pursue twisters in America’s Tornado
Alley. This week, the storm chasers track an
enormous mesocyclone across a desolate
expanse of land. A difference of opinion between
the team leaders results in a panicked retreat from
a gathering storm.
Every spring, filmmakers and scientists descend
on the Midwest of America to document one of
the most destructive weather patterns on the
planet: the tornado. Filmmaker Sean Casey is one
of a dedicated band of storm chasers who has
travelled the world recording nature’s extremes,
from hurricanes to earthquakes. He is determined
to cap his latest film with the holy grail of storm
images – footage from inside the eye of a tornado.
To help him chase these great forces of nature,
Sean has teamed up with meteorologist Dr Josh
Wurman and his team of tornado hunters. Using
state-of-the-art radar equipment, Josh tracks
weather patterns across America’s world-famous
Tornado Alley, a vast area some 1,600km long and
1,000km wide. “Tornadoes are some of the most
stunning and fascinating – but also very dangerous
– things in nature,” Josh says. “They represent one
of the unknowns in our scientific knowledge.”
Both Sean and Josh share the goal of
intercepting a tornado, but for entirely different
reasons. Josh needs an individual who can carry
his scientific instruments into the vortex of a
tornado, and Sean needs someone who can
direct him into the correct position to get the
perfect shot for his film.
In practice, this arrangement sees Sean
venturing out in a self-designed armoured tank
called a Tornado Intercept Vehicle (TIV). With
bullet-proof glass and a rotating turret for his
camera, the TIV enables Sean to go inside a storm
– a feeling he describes as being “under the foot
of a giant”.
As the leader of the team, Josh guides the TIV
towards the intercept point from his captain’s
chair in his mobile command post – the DOW
(Doppler on Wheels). Josh must make splitsecond
life or death decisions from information he
gathers on his Doppler radar, fully aware that the
safety of the entire team rests on his shoulders.
This week’s episode finds the storm chasers
drifting around Kansas waiting for a calm spell to
end. As storm fronts begin to gather, Josh, Sean
and the rest of the crew set off in pursuit of a huge
mesocyclone – a spinning vortex of air that is often
the precursor to a tornado. The chase takes them
across the heart of the Texas Panhandle and into
the Canadian River Valley, a wilderness area
completely devoid of paved road – making the
storm virtually impossible to intercept.
Against Josh’s orders, Sean races the TIV
down a dirt road towards the point of
interception, but ultimately panics and orders a
retreat from the valley that threatens to trap him
and his crew in the middle of the massive storm.
The hurried withdrawal may have dented the
team’s hopes of catching a tornado in its full fury,
but within a few days, they seem to be back on
track. After a complete computer failure threatens
to sabotage their mission once again, Josh
manages to place the TIV in the centre of three
menacing tornadoes…

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