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Extreme storm chaser to address campus community


The public is invited to a free convocation next week during which an extreme storm chaser will share his decade-long experience chasing tornadoes and hurricanes in the United States.

Meteorologist Reed Timmer will present “Extreme Storm Chasing,” on Monday, October 4, at 11 a.m. in Rammelkamp Chapel.

Having intercepted over 250 tornadoes and a dozen powerful hurricanes, Timmer is well known as the most successful and extreme storm chaser in the world. His hands-on experience with an assortment of hazardous weather and natural disasters, as well as his education in the science of meteorology have made him one of the world’s most respected experts on severe weather forecasting, safety and survival.

Timmer became the first person in history to capture high-definition video inside a tornado as accounted on Discovery Channel’s “Storm Chasers” in 2008. The eight-episode series boasted 19 million viewers and was one of the network’s highest rated shows that year. He also appeared on Discovery’s “When Nature Strikes,” as well as television networks ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and the Weather Channel.

Growing up in West Michigan, Timmer’s passion for extreme weather began at the age of 12 when he destroyed his family’s video camera recording a severe thunderstorm in his front yard while being pelted with quarter-size hail. He went on to study meteorology and earn a Ph.D. at the University of Oklahoma where he chased storms in Tornado Alley. As CEO of Weather Fusion LLC and Extreme Tornado Tours LLC, he offers forensic meteorology and consulting services, extreme weather media and storm chasing tours.

Timmer’s address is being presented by IC Connections: The First-Year Experience. A special program for first-year Illinois College students, IC Connections offers a number of special convocations that address this year’s theme of Excellence: Committing to Success.


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