Storm Chasers

It’s been a year of historic and tragic loss, unimaginable damage and an earth-shattering reminder of nature’s force and power. Now get the whole story on this year’s record-setting tornados as STORM CHASERS returns Wed., Oct. 26 at 9 PM ET/10 p.m. PT on Discovery Science.

Extreme meteorologist Reed Timmer, IMAX filmmaker Sean Casey and veteran chaser Tim Samaras are back tracking the monster tornados that made headlines this past spring storm season.

The teams combine never-before-seen footage with meteorological expertise and years of chasing experience to tell the story of the seasons’ most violent storms, including the infamous tornado outbreak of April 27, 2011 when nearly 200 tornados were recorded and over 300 lives lost in a single day.

Timmer, Casey and Saras are back for a new season of STORM CHASERS, Oct. 26 on Discovery Science

The new season of STORM CHASERS features new chase vehicles including Timmer’s “Dominator 2” and cutting-edge research tools such as sophisticated radar equipment and air cannons. Casey, having completed his IMAX film, Tornado Alley, is attempting another storm chasing first: filming tornados in 3D. And TWISTEX’s newly revamped chase vehicle has all the bells and whistles with new doppler radar and probes. The race is on to learn more about these monsters of Mother Nature, improve early warning systems and save lives.

 

Episode highlights from STORM CHASERS include:

 

STORM CHASERS – “Dixie Alley Outbreak”

Wed., Oct. 26 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

April 27, 2011 is one of the deadliest tornado days in well over half a century. Hundreds of twisters touch down all over parts of Mississippi and Alabama known to chasers as “Dixie Alley.” There are multiple confirmed EF-5 tornadoes, the most powerful classification. Teams Dominator, TWISTEX and TIV are in Dixie Alley are on the hunt, to witness some of the day’s most breathtaking storms. Acting as storm spotters, they’re reporting the tornadoes and attempting to get warnings out. But when a violent twister tracks toward the heart of Tuscaloosa, AL, all three teams are faced with death and destruction.

 

STORM CHASERS – “Storms Over St. Louis”

Wed., Nov. 2 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

It’s the most violent tornado season in over 50 years, with death and destruction savaging the Midwestern plains before chase season has even begun. Now there’s a powerful storm tracking toward downtown St. Louis, MO, and after a hot start to the season, Timmer has suddenly lost his mojo. A series of bad decisions leaves team Dominator out of position and at each other’s throats. After completing an IMAX film that was 10 years in the making, Casey is using his armoured TIV to film a sequel in 3D – but first he needs to find the right storm. Samaras and team TWISTEX follow the path of destruction into the St. Louis area, and in an attempt to place their probe in the path of a tornado they end up chasing too close. The hunters become the hunted and the team ends up running from the beast.

 

STORM CHASERS – “Reed’s Redemption”

Wed., Nov. 9 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

After failing to find a twister on two consecutive chases, Timmer and the Dominator team are desperate to chase one down. They’re even desperate enough to pursue a powerful storm into an urban area after dark, one of the most dangerous possible chasing scenarios. Team TWISTEX’s truck threatens to keep them on the sidelines on a promising tornado day. While team Dominator pursues an intercept, the TIV team is hoping to finally shoot their first ever 3D tornado footage – but tension in the vehicle has everyone on edge, and the crew is finding out that the only thing worse than having a chase ruined by the slick, Texas mud is to be helpless in the path of a tornado.