A Tornado Chaser Talks About His Science and Craft
Tim Samaras says there's a lot we still don't know about tornadoes.
While officials start to tally injuries, wrecked homes, and upturned lives, tornado researchers and chasers are swinging into high gear.
Despite a suite of sophisticated instruments at their disposal, including Doppler radar and satellites, tornado researchers still trace severe weather events from the ground to collect more data on how and why tornadoes form. (Video: Storm Chasers: Inside the Tornado.)
National Geographic caught up with severe-storms researcher and tornado chaser Tim Samaras—an engineer by training—as he and his crew made their way to Ardmore, Oklahoma (map), on Monday to see if they could catch a tornado.
Samaras, a National Geographic grantee known for getting instruments inside tornadoes