The breathtaking ‘Tornado Alley’ blows its way into St. Paul and onto the giant screen of the Omnitheater at the Science Museum of Minnesota. This larger-than-life documentary follows professional storm chasers and scientists as they pursue wild weather in the heart of the United States. The thrilling footage captured is available for audiences in the Twin Cities to experience until June 20, 2013.
‘Tornado Alley’ brings to life the efforts of the VORTEX2 research team of scientists and Sean Casey, the star of ‘Storm Chasers’ on the Discovery Channel, as they go in search of relentless weather conditions in a particularly volatile area of the United States. This area, called Tornado Alley, covers parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Colorado. The goal of pursuing this threat of nature was to collect comprehensive severe weather data and understand tornados, their origins and how to better protect the public from their dangers. Covering 26,000 miles and spending countless hours waiting for this scientific phenomenon, the team used the most sophisticated weather measurement equipment ever created to gather important data and advanced film-making to capture it.
As you may imagine, trying to film while chasing a tornado can be tricky and filming in the heart of a tornado can be deadly. To combat this, the Tornado Intercept Vehicle (TIV) was invented. Casey designed and built the TIV to film the relentless strength of the tornado. This well-armored truck, that was created like a military-style tank to withstand the torrential winds, rain and hail of severe weather, housed Casey’s video camera and safely protected the team to capture the awesome power of tornadoes. The impressive TIV is now on display at the Science Museum of Minnesota.
To catch the thrill of ‘Tornado Alley’ but without the danger, visit the Omnitheater within the Science Museum of Minnesota at 120 W Kellogg Blvd. in St. Paul. Show tickets are $9 for adults and $8 for seniors and children. Omnitheater admission is free for Science Museum members. Combination tickets that include admission to the both the Omnitheater and permanent exhibit galleries are also available. For a complete list of ticket prices and show times, click here or call 651-221-9444. ‘Tornado Alley’ runs until June 20, 2013.
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