Facing nature’s fury: Storm chaser to speak at Mines
The public is invited to catch a glimpse into the harrowing, heart-pounding experiences of well-known storm chaser Tim Samaras as he speaks at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14, in room 204 of the Classroom Building on the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology campus.
Hosted by the Mines Weather Association, this event is open to the public. Admittance is a can of food or other nonperishable or personal care item with proceeds going to Feeding South Dakota.
A Tornado Alley veteran, Samaras spends his days careening across the country with a singular purpose: Find a cyclone and place a probe directly in its raging path. Samaras measures pressure drops, the condition that triggers a tornado’s extreme wind speeds, while using high-speed photography to capture lightning patterns and stepped leaders. Data from his engineered probes lend invaluable insight into tornado dynamics and how they form, translating into precious extra seconds of warning for residents facing a twister’s fury.
Samaras and his incredible feats have been featured in National Geographic magazine and the Discovery Channel’s show “Storm Chasers.”