HOT BLAST: Chasing tornadoes and putting your life at risk
Jun 03, 2013 | 2745 views |  0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As much as anyone in the country, Alabamians know the power of tornadoes. That's one of the main reasons why television meteorologists are so popular -- and valuable -- when storms head our way.

I count myself as one of those who "enjoy" watching storm coverage. I use the word "enjoy" cautiously because, let's be honest, there's little to enjoy when a storm capable of killing people is forecast. Nevertheless, I'm one of those who can't turn off the TV when people such as ABC 33/40's James Spann is pointing out storm details.

That said, I've often wondered how far those who help provide TV weathermen with their information -- storm chasers -- would go. Last week, we found out.

The tornado outbreak that struck Oklahoma killed three veteran storm chasers and nearly killed three people chasing the storm for The Weather Channel. TWC's chasers were fortunate that the tornado didn't turn them into casualties. Just watch the video below for proof.

I can't help but think last week's deaths will alter the way storm chasers follow the worst of these storms. If it's in the name of science, that's one thing. If it's in the quest for television ratings, that's a completely different story.

-- Phillip Tutor

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