'We're in a (bleep) tornado!' store

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Joey Ketcham

I'm suprised that nobody has posted this yet.

Hop over to cnn.com and check out the "'We're in a (bleep) tornado!'" video. Apparently a storm chaser in Nebraska got him and whomever in a bad position and got hit by the tornado.

I'm not sure who these chasers are, but they're lucky to be alive. Them getting into that position is very irresponsible, stupid, and dangerous.
 
That would the Randy Hicks, the "Outlaw Storm Chaser" Second Place winner of the 2005 Denver storm chase video contest for those of you who were their last year. His video is the first half of the stuff.

Then their is Jeff P footage in there but that was pretty bad since it was all out of focus and shaky. I also noticed a huge audio drop out in the video so one can only guess what was said.

Crazy stuff but someone is going to get hurt one of these days when you can stay back another 200 years with a wide angle lense and get the same thing on video as well as the base of the cloud.

As for telling these guys anything, well, we all know Jeff P is nuts. Randy Hicks, well, he was at this year storm conference and pretty much said that he does not care what anyone thinks.

Here is to the fallen chasers that have gone before us watching over us. Just hope we don't have anyone else joining them to help them out.
 
As for telling these guys anything, well, we all know Jeff P is nuts. Randy Hicks, well, he was at this year storm conference and pretty much said that he does not care what anyone thinks. [/b]


Jeff Piotrowski is one of the most skilled chasers there is. He can chase the way he does because he knows what the hell he's doing. He's done (and continues to do) a lell of a lot more good than he ever did bad.

If the Randy Hicks incident was an accident, he's going to kill himself sooner or later. If he did it on purpose, I hope he kills himself. Having some assclown out there intentionally driving into tornadoes and then having it advertised on CNN is something that actually could hurt chasers and chasing itself. So the next time he does it, I hope like hell he's killed. Thin the herd.
 
Re: the Randy Hicks video... Woe! What surprised me more than anything was that no one in the car seemed too concerned about it all. They were weirdly nonchalant about it-- like it was all just a lot of fun-- given that they actually seemed to be within a tornadic circulation! :)
 
That would the Randy Hicks, the "Outlaw Storm Chaser" Second Place winner of the 2005 Denver storm chase video contest for those of you who were their last year. [/b]

Having some assclown out there intentionally driving into tornadoes and then having it advertised on CNN is something that actually could hurt chasers and chasing itself.[/b]

Hmm, I wonder what could be driving him to do dangerous things to get wild video. :rolleyes:

Seems like we can't complain if he cause chasers embarassment, at least the people who are encouraging the guy by awarding him.
 
I just watched that video this evening on the internet, and I must say, I did not favor the way he reacted at the time. Yelling, swearing constantly, and basically saying "woo hoo look at the debris!" and rolling down his window and sticking his arm out the window is just stupid IMHO. I am not usually one to judge someone I do not know, so if he is actually a nice guy, it's a bit of a shame this video had to be shown on national TV because it just makes him look bad, accidental or not. I don't ever want to be in that position but these things can happen (accidently), but you won't see me getting hyped over it, I would be praying and hope to dear God that I don't end up in a ball of twisted metal.
 
Jeff Piotrowski is one of the most skilled chasers there is. He can chase the way he does because he knows what the hell he's doing. He's done (and continues to do) a lell of a lot more good than he ever did bad.

If the Randy Hicks incident was an accident, he's going to kill himself sooner or later. If he did it on purpose, I hope he kills himself. Having some assclown out there intentionally driving into tornadoes and then having it advertised on CNN is something that actually could hurt chasers and chasing itself. So the next time he does it, I hope like hell he's killed. Thin the herd.
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WHAT??? You 'hope like hell he is killed' if chases agressively and 'gives you a bad name'? Thats completely retarded. wishing the death of another chaser is sick and disgusting.
 
Whoa! The dude's lucky he and his passenger made it out of there alive. Wild stuff, and VERY irresponsible. He's got some balls, I'll give him that much.
 
Jeff Piotrowski is one of the most skilled chasers there is. He can chase the way he does because he knows what the hell he's doing. He's done (and continues to do) a lell of a lot more good than he ever did bad.

If the Randy Hicks incident was an accident, he's going to kill himself sooner or later. If he did it on purpose, I hope he kills himself. Having some assclown out there intentionally driving into tornadoes and then having it advertised on CNN is something that actually could hurt chasers and chasing itself. So the next time he does it, I hope like hell he's killed. Thin the herd.
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Since Randy was caravaning (third car back) with Mr.P , how can their actions be looked at differently?

Skilled isn't 70mph plus on a Kansas county road either , thats playing catch up because you missed it :unsure:


Our local station in Tulsa said it was from an amatuer chaser :D
 
WHAT??? You 'hope like hell he is killed' if chases agressively and 'gives you a bad name'? Thats completely retarded. wishing the death of another chaser is sick and disgusting.
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Took longer than I expected to get the first reply like this one.

What's so horrible about a person wishing death on another person, when that person is actively putting themselves in a position to be killed? I think my comments pale in comparison next to this guy actually driving into a tornado intentionally. Not that it matters, but there's a lot of people who are thinking the same thing. And let me clear up an obvious misunderstanding...I never said I was concerned about this guy making me look bad, I said I was concerned about the impacts a stunt like this could have on chasing itself. I could care less what anyone thinks about me personally, but I care a LOT about the activity of chasing storms and tornadoes. This isn't a case of some chaser getting too close, this is a case of a moron intentionally driving into a tornado, then laughing about it. You're going to call me out because I said some mean things, while supporting this man's attempt at defying death (and just to be on national television)? I might need to question your priorities of accepted behavior.
 
"What's so horrible about a person wishing death on another person, when that person is actively putting themselves in a position to be killed?"

because that is his choice, not yours, or mine, or anyone elses, but him and his passenger(s?).

He took a risk yet it sounds like they rather enjoyed it... so I dont see the big problem. Wishing death upon them is certainly way overboard.
 
because that is his choice, not yours, or mine, or anyone elses, but him and his passenger(s?).

He took a risk yet it sounds like they rather enjoyed it... so I dont see the big problem. Wishing death upon them is certainly way overboard.
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Let me rephrase it....if he wants to get himself killed, I'm all for it. Just don't screw it up for me in the process.
 
Why does it matter? Because it jeporadizes the future dynamic of storm chasing and changes public opinion on storm chasers. Just look at the way CNN has been presenting it, every time they play it the anchor disccuses it with the meteorologist and makes it sound as if chasers were irresponsible thrill-seekers.
 
Why does it matter? Because it jeporadizes the future dynamic of storm chasing and changes public opinion on storm chasers. Just look at the way CNN has been presenting it, every time they play it the anchor disccuses it with the meteorologist and makes it sound as if chasers were irresponsible thrill-seekers.
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Well, to those outside the chase community who know nothing about storm chasing, what goes in to it, what it's about etc etc..... isn't that exactly what we appear to be? Irresponsible thrill seekers? I mean, step back and take yourself completely out of a storm chaser mindframe and try to look at us from the outside? I mean when you get right down to it, whether some of us admit it or not, it IS a little irresponsible and I don't know about the rest of you, but for me it certainly IS a thrill to witness a tornado!! Not any more irresponsible that a myriad of other activities that humans partake in though.

One of natures most dangerous and elusive spectacles! Nothing wrong with being thrilled when you see one. I have a hard time believing that even the most academic among us don't get some thrill from it. I mean really, can you just see someone just standing there emotionless and raising an eyebrow like Spock and saying and thinking nothing more than "Interesting!"??

"Look at those people, the actually go LOOKING for tornadoes...ON PURPOSE! That's just crazy! Why would anyone want to even be close to something like that, it's just.... irresponsible and dangerous!"

"Wow! Look at those tornado chasers! Man that must be a rush! Must take a heck of a thrill seeker to do something like that!"

Sounds wrong to hear that on the inside, but I guarantee you that is what people say on the outside. How many times has a chaser been in a relatively safe position shooting a tornado when a terrified local comes up to you, scared to death and thinking they are in danger?

Keep in mind that a HUGE amount of the general public's conception who we are and what we do is based on stuff they saw in the movies. Another small percent from what they saw on TLC and Discovery. The rest of the population....well.....that would be us! ;)
 
After watching that stupid video, I think I'm gonna side with Shane on that one....

With any luck, I think we could see Randy competing for a Darwin Award sooner or later.
 
Hmm, I wonder what could be driving him to do dangerous things to get wild video. :rolleyes:

Seems like we can't complain if he cause chasers embarassment, at least the people who are encouraging the guy by awarding him.
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Well, if your infering the video contest of 2005 made people want to do stupid stuff, that contest was not for the wildest stupid human tricks video contest.

I wanted to encourage people to learn how to edit and put together a production that makes people say, wow, rewind that, not wow, can you fast forward to the good stuff because this is hella lame. Although I was not at the 2005 gig in Denver since I had to work in Florida on another project, this year I heard from a lot of people that said they loved the idea because it really made people put some work into the quality of what they were showing and not boring the hell out of people for 4 hours on video night.

People are going to chase if they can come up with the gas money or bum a ride. Nothing is going to stop anyone from chasing as long as their are no laws on the books. We as chasers just have to patrol our own and say "Dude, That's Not Cool".
 
Whoa! The dude's lucky he and his passenger made it out of there alive. Wild stuff, and VERY irresponsible. He's got some balls, I'll give him that much.
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Tony,

Try not to confuse having "balls" with simply being STUPID. There is a huge difference, cut and dried. This moron's going to make things worse for everyone who chases responsibly.

The media is largely responsible for the encouragement of jackasses like this guy. They'll marvel at the incredible guts he has to be doing this, that is until the day they put him in a casket. Then they'll say he wasn't so smart after all, just another winner of the Darwin Award.

John
 
As I said in a different topic post, there are good and bad extremes in both spotters and chasers, and this stupidity proves it! These guys should know better! I echo Jeffrey's response. No trained spotter, or chaser worth their salt would even think about putting life or limb in danger to pull that kind of stunt, or put up with anyone who did. Anyone who would is out of their bleeping mind!

Do you Yahoo chase? - That guy sure did! - Ya-hoooooo-oo! - No name calling here, just telling it like it is!

Damon Poole
Trained SKYWARN Spotter
Guy, Arkansas



Our response can be found

here.
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Just to play the devil's advocate here for a minute, let's tone down the name calling please? Especially since the guy isn't a member here to defend himself.
 
Well, to those outside the chase community who know nothing about storm chasing, what goes in to it, what it's about etc etc..... isn't that exactly what we appear to be? Irresponsible thrill seekers? I mean, step back and take yourself completely out of a storm chaser mindframe and try to look at us from the outside? I mean when you get right down to it, whether some of us admit it or not, it IS a little irresponsible and I don't know about the rest of you, but for me it certainly IS a thrill to witness a tornado!! Not any more irresponsible that a myriad of other activities that humans partake in though.

One of natures most dangerous and elusive spectacles! Nothing wrong with being thrilled when you see one. I have a hard time believing that even the most academic among us don't get some thrill from it. I mean really, can you just see someone just standing there emotionless and raising an eyebrow like Spock and saying and thinking nothing more than "Interesting!"??

"Look at those people, the actually go LOOKING for tornadoes...ON PURPOSE! That's just crazy! Why would anyone want to even be close to something like that, it's just.... irresponsible and dangerous!"

"Wow! Look at those tornado chasers! Man that must be a rush! Must take a heck of a thrill seeker to do something like that!"

Sounds wrong to hear that on the inside, but I guarantee you that is what people say on the outside. How many times has a chaser been in a relatively safe position shooting a tornado when a terrified local comes up to you, scared to death and thinking they are in danger?

Keep in mind that a HUGE amount of the general public's conception who we are and what we do is based on stuff they saw in the movies. Another small percent from what they saw on TLC and Discovery. The rest of the population....well.....that would be us! ;)
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There is a big difference between being excited when you see a tornado and driving into one and screaming 'who's your daddy!''. I seriously doubt the public thinks that we are intentionally trying to drive into a tornado and that's the kind of thing that gets righetous politicians thinking they need to protect 'us' from 'us'.
 
"The media is largely responsible for the encouragement of jackasses like this guy."

So you're saying if CNN stops buying this type of footage - yahoo's like him will sit home and twiddle their thumbs? I don't believe that at all...
 
So you're saying if CNN stops buying this type of footage - yahoo's like him will sit home and twiddle their thumbs? I don't believe that at all...
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Actually, I don't believe that, and I don't recall saying anything remotely like that, either. Nuff said.

John
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