I grew up in Tornado Alley, and there’s something about severe weather that fascinates me. Of course, my enthusiasm has its limits — such as when a storm turns violent and affects people and property. That’s exactly what happened this past April, the most active tornado month on record with 753 tornadoes reported.
In particular, April 27, 2011 became the deadliest tornado day in over half a century, with multiple confirmed EF-5 tornadoes touching down in Mississippi and Alabama. Teams Dominator, TWISTEX and TIV from Discovery Channel‘s Storm Chasers were all in Dixie Alley and in the middle of some of the most destructive storms — filing reports and warning residents (as featured in tonight’s 10pm ET/PT season premiere). The path of destruction left by Mother Nature was beyond devastating, with the storms claiming homes and hundreds of lives (exactly what drives the chasers to continue their study of tornadoes in an effort to improve storm predictions).
Over the past several days, Reed Timmer and Tim Samaras from Storm Chasers have been in the Birmingham area, volunteering with 125 Discovery employees as a part of Discovery Impact: Rebuilding Alabama. You can also help give back to the people who lost their homes by purchasing a Rebuilding Alabama t-shirt from DiscoveryStore.com, with $10.50 from each shirt going to Habitat for Humanity. There is also a Duggar Family-inspired shirt for kids, as the family volunteered with us in Alabama as well.
As you watch tonight, Reed, Sean Casey & Chris Chittick will also be live-tweeting the 10pm ET premiere — just follow the #StormChasers hashtag to interact with fellow viewers and our chasers, as they reflect on that fateful day.