Saturday, June 29, 2013
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
If you see one of these vehicles in your neighborhood you know there is bad weather. This is a Tornado Intercept Vehicle 2, known as TIV-2, built by Sean Casey for the Weather Channel's series Storm Chasers. It is based on a Dodge Ram 3500 with a Cummins Diesel engine capable of powering this tank over 100 miles per hour. With a fuel capacity of 95 gallons it can travel over 750 miles non-stop. The side and front panels are hydraulically lowered to the ground to direct wind over the top of the vehicle. The turret is used to make IMAX movies of tornados.
This vehicle's crew was having dinner at a local restaurant while they were chasing tornados. There was a killer tornado about 25 miles north of here which took the life of a women in a trailer. The storms dumped about 2.7 inches of rain on us in 24 hours while neighboring towns received much more.