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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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Tornado Chasers Production Log #7: Disaster Returns to Moore

Around 3:30am on May 20, I dragged myself out of bed to drive down to Reed’s place. I’d slept for a solid 2 hours, which was the norm for this crazy week. If you watched our 2013 season of Tornado

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Production Log #5: Attack of the Tornado Helix

Around 2 o’clock in the afternoon on May 17th, Reed was still sleeping — he hadn’t rested the previous night because various early-morning news shows had requested live interviews (very common during storm season). Dick McGowan, Reed’s driver, had taken

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Tornado Chasers Production Log #4: Legends Collide

The beginning of May 2013 saw the unveiling of Dominator 3 – the new, tornado-intercepting, DeLorean/Batmobile tank backed by Sean Schofer and engineered by Kevin Barton. To celebrate, KFOR shot a special TV promo with all three Dominators and “Chopper

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Tornado Chasers Production Log #3: Joel Taylor Returns

Around the middle of April 2013, the production of Tornado Chasers was in limbo. We’d been on some tough busts already, and only had a skeleton crew. Reed kept our morale high with his enthusiasm and confidence about the season.

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