The Drumheller Valley had a very special guest come speak at the Co-op Agro fair yesterday, February 23.
"I was invited to come out to do a speaking, keynote talk on what we do, safety aspects, science behind storms and to keep people up to date on being weather savvy," stated Chris Chittick from the CMT TV series Tornado Hunters.
When Chittick first started he was 18 years old and would go out for fun.
"There's three of us in our team. We have a driver, I'm the video guy and then a picture guy. We also have a production crew out of Toronto that follow us around when we're out there chasing (storms)," Chittick added.
Chittick mentioned that he and his crew are out on the road from April until August and they witness around 100 storms, usually between 40 to 60 are tornados.
He added that it's not all fun and games when out on the road.
"I definitely had those moments when I first started like 'what the heck am I doing right now', but I think being scared turned into a curiosity," he noted. "A couple scary days were May 31, 2013 at El Reno, Oklahoma which was the largest tornado in North America, another big outbreak day was April 27, 2011, we had a super outbreak with that last one I showed in Dodge City, Kansas there with 13 different tornados in 13 different storms. That's the most I've seen in one day. The twin tornado day was another cool, epic day."
When the Tornado Hunters head out to chase down a storm, they do all the research themselves before and after.
"We are not scientists in the least bit, we're more like extreme journalists so to speak. We have to do all our own research to find out where and what we're going to be chasing, so all the experience between the three of us is when that all comes into play. Once we're out there I'm all about the video, the other guy is all about the pictures and the other guy is all about driving," Chittick outlined.
For those who want to know more on the Tornado Hunters head to their website, tornadohunter.ca.
"This year, for one month, we're offering some tours to take some people with us. Just check out the website, all the information is on there."
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