Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Amazing Storm-Chasing Vehicle Coming To Saline Center

A 10,000-pound storm-chasing vehicle from the Iowa Storm Chasing Network and the story of the 2014 Pilger, Neb. twin tornadoes will highlight this year's regional severe weather seminar on March 28 at the Saline Center Hall, south of Dorchester.

This is according to a story by the Lincoln Journal Star.

The storm-chasing vehicle, nicknamed "Dorothy," started as a 2013 Ford E350 van and was modified with three-quarter-inch polycarbonate windows and double-walled, 14- and 6-gauge steel to protect occupants and equipment from storm debris.

“Chasing and Covering the Pilger Twin Tornadoes: An Insider’s Perspective” will be presented by the Iowa Storm Chasing Network.

Michael Moritz, a National Weather Service meteorologist from Hastings, will give the spotter training session. And Ken Dewey, professor of applied climate science at the UNL School of Natural Resources, will present “Tornadoes 2014: A Review of Nebraska and U.S. Severe Weather.”

Saline County Emergency Management, in cooperation with the weather service and other local businesses, is sponsoring the free event. NOAA all-hazards radios, rain gauges, gift cards and other weather-related items will be among the door prizes.

Saline Center Hall is 3 miles west and 9 miles south of Dorchester.

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