01 - Announcements
September 17, 2014 – Mesa Community College, Lawn Tent, 7:00 p.m.
MR. REED TIMMER
Having intercepted over 250 tornadoes and a dozen powerful hurricanes during the last decade, Reed Timmer is well known as the most successful and extreme storm chaser in the world. Reed is one of a few to document a F5 tornado and the most devastating hurricane in U.S. history, Hurricane Katrina. He is currently working on a Ph.D. in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma.
Reed’s “hands-on” experience with a vast assortment of hazardous weather and natural disasters, as well as his extensive education in the science of meteorology, has made him one of the world’s most respected experts on severe weather forecasting, safety, and survival. Reed is a strong advocate for extreme weather and disaster education. He conducts storm spotter seminars for the National Weather Service, emergency managers, and the general public.
Growing up in the ever-changing climate of West Michigan, Reed’s passion for extreme weather has dominated his life for as long as he can remember. His illustrious storm-chasing career began at the age of 12, when he destroyed the family video camera in his front yard while being pelted by quarter size hail in a severe thunderstorm. At the age of 18, Reed decided to pursue his ultimate dream, and enrolled at the University of Oklahoma to study meteorology and chase storms in Tornado Alley.
As a star on Discovery Channel’s Storm Chasers in 2008, Reed became the first person in history to capture high definition video inside a tornado. The eight episode series had a record 19 million viewers during the 2008 season, and was one of the highest rated shows on Discovery Channel. Reed was also featured on Discovery Channel’s When Nature Strikes in fall of 2008, which showed his intercept of Hurricane Ike on Galveston Island as a deadly 15-foot storm surge threatened the position on the sea wall. Reed has also appeared on all major news networks, including Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer, CNN with Wolf Blitzer, CBS, NBC, and The Weather Channel.
Reed is CEO of Weather Fusion, LLC and Extreme Tornado Tours, LLC. which offers forensic meteorology and consulting services, extreme weather media services, and storm chasing tours. His tornado, hurricane, and blizzard footage has been licensed to over 100 production companies and television networks since 1997, and has been seen by hundreds of millions of people worldwide on television, the Internet, and mobile video devices. 2014/15 Honors Forum Lecture Series Frontiers and the Spirit of Exploration
SHAC Scholarship Workshop Thursday, September 18th
3:00-4:00PM in the Honors Center