Tornado Chasers: Atmospheric Science Students Journey West to Chase Extreme Weather

Explaining the excitement of chasing an extreme thunderstorm across the Great Plains is a bit like trying to explain chocolate ice cream.

“You can talk about it, you can describe it, you can show pictures of it,” says adjunct atmospheric sciences faculty member Elaine Godfrey at UNC Asheville, “but until you actually taste it for yourself, it’s hard to understand why it’s so exciting.”

Elaine Godfrey and Christopher Godfrey, associate professor of atmospheric sciences, decided to give their students that sweet taste of weather-chasing adventure with a hands-on field trip to Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico, called the Severe Weather Field Experience.

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Originally published July 24th, 2017.