Team TWISTEX have a brand new prime chase vehicle...
Tim Samaras (TWISTEX Lead Principle Investigator)
Chasing has been a part of Tim's life for over 25 years. Ten years ago, he developed his own tornado probes to record meteorological data inside of tornadoes. On June 24, 2003, Tim dropped a probe in the path of an F-4 tornado where it measured an astounding 100 millibar pressure drop - a record that still stands today. Tim runs the scientific field program, TWISTEX (Tactical Weather Instrumented Sampling in Tornadoes Experiment). Their mission is to help understand why tornadoes form in order to increase warning times in Tornado Alley.
Carl Young (TWISTEX Meteorologist)
Although Carl is a native Californian, he was called east in 2000 after working on Hollywood film crews. He decided to take off on a two month storm chasing adventure in the Great Plains - unlike any pyrotechnic display on a high-tech Hollywood set! This inspiration led Carl to the study of tornado dynamics and ultimately a masters degree in atmospheric science from the University of Nevada, Reno. While attending a meteorological conference, Carl met Tim Samaras who encouraged him to collect meteorological data from inside tornadoes as the principal focus of his thesis research. Every spring since 2003, Carl has headed out with Tim, and together the team has tracked down over 125 tornadoes.
Tony Laubach (TWISTEX Meteorologist)
Tony hunted down his first tornado with his dad, in his home state of Ohio. It was less than a year later when he moved to Colorado. Shortly thereafter, Tony began college and his professional storm chasing career. Since his first full tornado season in 2004, Tony has logged over 100,000 miles across 25 states. In 2007, he joined Tim Samaras and the TWISTEX crew and took on the lead spot in the M3 vehicle. This season, Tony hopes to shoot extreme weather footage and help Tim pull off a perfect probe deployment.
Matt Grzych (TWISTEX Atmospheric Scientist/Systems Developer)
Matt encountered his first tornado in Nebraska during the summer of 1998 while moving from Indiana to Colorado to study Meteorology in college. He has been passionately chasing and researching severe thunderstorms since 2000. Matt and Tim Samaras first crossed paths at a destroyed farmstead minutes after the Manchester, SD tornado struck on June 24, 2003. Matt went on to receive his Master's degree in Atmospheric Science from Texas Tech University in 2004. In late 2008, Matt joined TWISTEX as a mobile mesonet software/systems developer and Atmospheric Scientist.