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Extreme Storm Chasing
September 14, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
This program is made possible through funding from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
Opening lecture for the exhibition, Nature’s Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters
Having intercepted over 1,000 tornadoes and a dozen powerful hurricanes since he started chasing 20 years ago, Reed Timmer is well-known as the most successful and extreme storm chaser in the world, and is one of the few people in existence to document both an F5 tornado, and the most devastating hurricane in U.S. history (Hurricane Katrina).
Reed’s hands-on experience with a vast assortment of hazardous weather and natural disasters, as well as his extensive education in the science of meteorology, have made him one of the world’s most respected experts on severe weather forecasting, safety, and survival. Reed is a strong advocate for extreme weather and disaster education, and conducts storm spotter seminars for the National Weather Service, emergency managers, and the general public. In 2015, he completed his Ph.D. in meteorology at the University of Oklahoma.
As a star on Discovery Channel’s Storm Chasers in 2008, Reed became the first person in history to capture high-definition video inside a tornado. The eight episode series had a record 19 million viewers during the 2008 season, and was one of the highest rated shows on Discovery Channel. Reed has also appeared on all major news networks, including Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer, CNN with Wolf Blitzer, CBS, NBC, and The Weather Channel.
Reed is CEO of Weather Fusion, LLC, offering forensic meteorology and consulting services, and extreme weather media. His tornado, hurricane, and blizzard footage has been licensed to over 100 production companies and television networks since 1997, and has been seen by 100s of millions of people worldwide on television, internet, and mobile video devices. He is also the lead meteorologist for WarningAware.com, an extreme weather customized alerts company, and also storm chaser for Accuweather.
The event is free and open to the public; however, e-tickets are required.
Can’t attend in person? Watch live on Facebook or via livestream.com.
Parking is free in Library parking lots and along the west side of Holmes Street between 51st and 52nd streets. The main entrance to the Library grounds is on Cherry Street. The Linda Hall Library is not affiliated with UMKC. Parking in all UMKC lots is by permit or meter. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.