Hola mis queridos amigos, hoy vamos a mirar a los tornados. Desgraciadamente, el Huracán Harvey acaba de devastar el Estado de Tejas en USA ya que los huracanes y tornados son extremadamente peligrosos para la gente y para todo lo que encuentran a su paso. Sin embargo, los Cazadores de Tormentas dedican sus vidas y a veces las pierden a atrapar estos tornados. ¡Adrenalina pura!
CHASING TORNADOS / STORM BUSTERS
Info: from Speak Up magazine.
It is storm-chasing season in Tornado Alley, USA. Tour companies offer courageous, and possibly insane, tourists the chance to see a tornado from a distance of only 300 metres.
Tornado Alley is famous for its thunderstorms and tornadoes. It's located between the Rocky and the Appalachian mountain ranges: hundreds of miles of flat, open plains. It runs through Northern Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado.The buildings in this region have reinforced roofs, solid foundations and storm cellars. Local people rely on storm warnings to avoid disaster.
Tornados are very dangerous, so why do people want to chase them? Documentary-maker Sean Casey says: "It's addictive!" His driver Byron Turk agrees: "It's the adrenaline...the ultimate challenge!" Casey built a Tornado Intercept Vehicle. It weighs 680 kilos and has steel-plated armour. Its windows are 4 centimetres thick. Casey and his team filmed as a tornado hit the vehicle. You can see his documentaries on the "Discovery Channel".
Unfortunately another storm buster, Tim Samaras (55) died together with his son Paul (24) and the meteorologist Carl Young (45) on 1st June, 2013 in El Reno, Oklahoma when they were chasing a tornado and making a documentary for the Discovery Chanel, too. Their car became totally destroyed! They had no chance to survive!
A BIG RISK
Are you still interested in storm-chasing? Well, it's very important to find expert guides. A company like Storm Chasing Adventure Tours (SCAT) can guarantee tourists' safety. They have years of experience, and understand how storms develop. They use advanced computer systems to predict the location of the storms. SCAT chief, Todd Thorn says, however: "Guides cannot rely only on the technology. They must have the ability to read the sky."
The SCAT team aren't simply tourist guides. They also provide important information to National Weather Centres on the position and strength of storms. They help save lives.
Storms usually occur in the late afternoon, early evening. Teams must drive hundreds of miles to arrive at storm locations. So they leave their base in Amarillo, Texas in the morning. The chase often continues until late in the evening. What is it like to chase a storm? SCAT driver Kevin Harned says: "It's one thing to see a tornado on TV, but totally different to see it with your own eyes!"
FROM THIS BLOG I STRONGLY SUPPORT AMERICAN PEOPLE FROM TEXAS BECAUSE OF THE DESTRUCTION CAUSED BY HURRICANE HARVEY!!!
WE ARE WITH YOU!!!