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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.
About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Ill. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs and a Master of Arts in Education degree program. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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