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The 2012 Tornado Hunt with Mike Bettes #TornadoHunt


Tornado Hunt

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Damage to our Tornado Hunt SUV & it bring towed after being tossed 200 yards by a tornado in El Reno, OK. June 2013

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Thanking god right now that the Tornado Hunt team is safe after being hit by tornado in Oklahoma. Photo via Seth Deckard. The Bettes Mobile crushed in the field in the middle of the photo. twitter.com/...

The Tornado Hunt vehicle after being thrown nearly 200 yards by the El Reno Tornado in Oklahoma City tonight. Tornado Hunt crew and Mike Bettes are okay! Photo Credit: @SeanSchoferTVN Sean Schofer at 8:25pm. "We stopped to help & they are OK," said Schofer.

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Sneak Peek at the chase vehicle for Tornado Hunt 2013. The hunt begins April 29th. Photo Credit: Sr. Producer at The Weather Channel, Mike Jenkins

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Tornado Hunt 2012

  • Stephanie Ramsey
    Stephanie Ramsey

    amazing clouds!

  • Christina 311
    Christina 311

    Clouds? Who's looking at the clouds?

  • Stephanie Ramsey
    Stephanie Ramsey

    lol

Twitter / TWCMJenkins: Another shot #TornadoHunt

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Caught On Camera from @twcMarkElliot

Tornado Hunt 2012

Mike Bettes and Dr. Greg Forbes

The day is far from over. Just a couple miles away, the dust devil is followed by a brief gustnado in Beresford, SD. Producer Mike Jenkins catches this photo.

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Mike Bettes in a soybean field.

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We head to a hotel in Amarillo to get some rest. Before heading to bed, the teams takes a few pictures of the front vehicle's windshield which took even more damage than the Bettes-mobile. Engineer Victor Miranda was driving. Photographer Brad Reynolds was the passenger. All windshields are fixed at the repair shop the following morning.

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It's late afternoon and the team pulls off to the side of the road so Mike Bettes can get a better look around. He and producer Mike Jenkins scan the skies. This an area where many of the county roads are labeled by letters. Pretty sure we were on County Road Q when this photo was taken. We will chase a storm for more than an hour before we wind up in a bit of a pickle in Goodnight, TX.

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We stop for gas and are soon approached by The Weather Channel fans. Mike Bettes had a reunion with fan Jerry Baker whom he met in May 2009. Jerry was even wearing the TWC cap that Mike gave him! Thanks to all the well wishers that stopped by to say hello during our travels.

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Danielle Banks preparing to record a tout video for the #tornadohunt team

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    Paul Avila

    tell the twister to smile for the camera

Danielle Banks preparing to record a tout video for the #tornadohunt team

Mike Bettes, Danielle Banks and Producer Mike Jenkins

Danielle Banks & Kory Hartman who is SevereStudios' CEO before flying out of Sioux Falls, SD. Danielle is big fan of Kory and his team's work!

"Oh well, no storms....let's eat!" And we went and had a terrific meal at Lazlo's Brewery in Lincoln, SD.

I think The Weather Channel needs a restaurant like this one at The National Weather Center in Norman, OK

Interviewing Don Burgess from NSSL about the research done by VORTEX2 — in Norman, Oklahoma.

Behind the scenes

Interviewing Director Dr. Russ Schneider inside the Storm Prediction Center