Yearly Archives: 2014

Help Grow the Live Storm Chasing Platform in 2015

We have launched an IndieGoGo project to fund the Live Storm Chasing platform for 2015. Live streaming is a very expensive undertaking requiring many dedicate servers to handle the load of   people viewing the streams. We expect this number

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DNS Provider Outage 12/1

On Monday 12/1/2014 our DNS provider (DNSimple) was the target of a DDoS attack that created widespread outages on their entire infrastructure from early afternoon to late in the evening. We like to aim for a certain level of transparency

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Severe Weather Warnings

We decided to take the severe weather warnings we already had in place on our Live Storm Chasing map and make them more consumable over the web and social media. Since we were already processing this data it made sense

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Live Storm Chasing Now Includes Weather Reports

We just rolled out weather reports on our Live Storm Chasing platform. Powered by Twitter, these weather reports provide important ground truth from chasers in the field which can aid in public safety. We decided to use embedded tweets because we wanted

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Tornado Chasers Production Log 10: El Reno, Part 2

Tornado in progress: it was around 6:11 PM on May 31, 2013, and Dominator 2 was charging east on Reno Road, with Dominator 1 following. Our eyes were fixed on a seemingly mile-wide wedge tornado that was racing east, paralleling

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Tornado Chasers Production Log 9: El Reno

Everything felt “off” on the morning of May 31st, 2013. The Storm Prediction Center had issued a “PDS” Tornado Watch (Particularly Dangerous Situation) for central Oklahoma — the same area that had been devastated less than two weeks earlier. Gathered

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Tornado Chasers Production Log 8: Tornadoes in Kansas

On the morning of May 25, 2013, a weary chase team gathered at Reed’s house around 6:00am. Everyone had somewhat digested what had happened to Moore on May 20th, and the crew was ready to head for a chasing campaign

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