Scientists Plan to Enter a Tornado

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Scientists and race car drivers have teamed up to chase tornadoes with state-of-the-art vehicles with a goal of going inside the violent eye to gather scientific data that may save lives.

The right combination of technology and human skill have combined to make it possible to enter the eye of an active tornado and obtain the scientific data needed to save lives from the more than 1,200 tornadoes that strike each year.

Tornado season is about to begin, and Steve Green is preparing to enter the eye of a tornado in a state-of-the-art vehicle loaded with scientific data collection systems on a quest that he hopes will result in a better ability to forecast tornadoes and issue early warnings to save lives.

The unique vehicle has been designed and built in Mooresville, regarded by many as the capital of NASCAR racing. Soon Green will move his equipment to Norman, Okla. in the heart of "Tornado Alley."

Green will go where no one has gone before – into the eye of a tornado – on a mission dedicated to the safe, scientific extraction of important new information about the most devastating and destructive force of nature on the face of the earth.

“Tornadoes are a phenomenon of nature that have intrigued man's curiosity throughout the ages and have been one of nature’s most unpredictable and devastating forces. If we can ever go beyond the barriers and discover the secrets at the eye of a tornado, we may begin to understand and predict their devastating and awesome behavior,” said Green.

The expedition has two major facets. The first is to gather new scientific information, and the second is to make this dramatic story available to the world. For the first time a highly qualified team of experts will be seen by the world as they provide the most dramatic reality television program ever produced, with images from the inside of a tornado.

During the peak tornado season the expedition team will be on 24-hour alert, ready to mobilize anywhere along “Tornado Alley.” As storm buildups are detected, the tornado attack fleet will race toward the forming weather cell to begin a strategic close follow and monitoring.

The tornado attack vehicle has been designed to withstand wind turbulence to approximately 260 miles per hour, but its limits are yet to be tested against the dynamic forces of nature. Green is highly qualified to be behind the wheel of the tornado attack vehicle with many years as a driver in national auto racing series.

Meteorologist Josh Wurman, Ph.D. led the development of bistatic multiple-Doppler radar and heads the team of scientists working on the expedition team. Wurman's newly patented Rapid-DOW is the most advanced Doppler in the world.

A team of experienced broadcasters will provide live reporting and images of each pursuit throughout the four weeks of the expedition, and video fees are available to the media.

Media interviews are available in advance of the expedition, and live feeds during the actual expedition can be arranged. Photos of some of the expedition vehicles can be found at


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