Extreme meteorologist Reed Timmer gets paid to drive into tornadoes.
When the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning, most people hunker down and pray. But not professional storm chaser Reed Timmer.
The self-described “extreme meteorologist” actually goes out in search of tornadoes before they form. And when the moment is right, he’ll drive his customized SUV — which can withstand crushing 200 mile-per-hour winds — straight into the twister’s vortex.
Once inside, the vehicle’s air-cannon system deploys, launching tiny probes that measure critical data, from temperature and moisture to pressure.
“Tornadoes can obviously be very deadly and very dangerous. You have to respect their power,” Timmer tells CNBC. “When I see a tornado out in the field, it’s one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. It almost looks like it’s not from [this] planet when you see one up close.”
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