The Tornado Hunter Truck

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The Flash is built on a Ford F150 base from Melville Motors in Melville, Saskatchewan. The exterior has been sprayed with Line-X protective coating providing the truck with unparalleled safety from hail and tornado debris. The Flash has been outfitted with RePlayXD cameras for live streaming and The Wireless Age has provided communications equipment including 2way radios, signal booster and data plans.

Additionally, Custom Creations in Regina, Saskatchewan has added a Raider Truck topper, 20 inch Fuel Rims, Good Year Tires, a lift kit suspension and ADD desert style bumpers front and back.

There is a also a satellite based radar system on board that gives us direct access to radar info anywhere in North America. The Mobile ThreatNet technology helps us identify threats even when we have no direct internet access.

We have removed the center console in the truck and in its place added a 3000w power inverter and laptop stands. Power will not be an issue in the Flash. Our oversized fuel tank and the EcoBoost power train allows us to achieve almost 1200km’s on a single fill ensuring that we will not need to stop for fuel while in the midst of a chase.

In the rear of the truck there is sufficient storage space for all of our personal items and cameras as well as the 6 Tornado Camera Probes that we will be attempting to position inside tornadoes throughout the season.

 

Ricky Forbes

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Postion: Driver
Years Chasing: 2
# of Tornadoes: 40
Home Town: Martensville, Saskatchewan
Current Residence: Canmore, Alberta
Twitter: @ForbesRicky
Facebook: Facebook.com/ricky.forbes.7

Ricky Forbes is the driver for one of North America’s top professional storm chasing teams and also an accomplished web designer, freestyle snowboard coach, dirt biker, snowmobiler, and overall an adventure seeking adrenaline junkie. With his roots in Saskatchewan Ricky grew up snowboarding, dirt biking, and playing hockey. After high school he went on to graduate from the University of Saskatchewan completing his Bachelor’s of Commerce degree with a major in Finance. Following University Ricky tried the suit and tie gig for a couple years and decided it wasn’t for him. His life is now dedicated to pushing the limits, pursuing adventures and living life to the fullest.

Currently living in the epicentre of outdoor adventure and fun, Canmore, AB, Ricky spends his winter days dropping cliffs on his snowboard and sending his snowmobile off the biggest jumps he can find. Then come summer time it is living the biggest adrenaline rush, chasing tornadoes. Ricky has always had a passion for storms and now the opportunity to get up close and personal with tornadoes is a dream come true. Last year was his first season with the Tornado Hunter team and he’s hooked. In 2012 Ricky put on over 60,000km, crossed 3 provinces, and 12 states catching over 30 tornadoes and cannot wait for this 2013 season to fire up!

On the off chance Ricky is not chasing storms in the summer you will find him jumping his dirt bike, launching a waterfall in his kayak, falling out of an airplane or something else to get the blood pumping.

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Chris Chittick

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Postion: Videographer
Years Chasing: 15
# of Tornadoes: 423
# of Hurricanes: 10
Home Town: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Current Residence: Regina, Saskatchewan
Twitter: @ChittickChris
Facebook: Facebook.com/Chris.Chittick

As the Tornado Hunter videographer Chris Chittick does not have a typical job. Some say he is crazy, some say he’s an extremist, and yet others say he’s performing real science. Chris Chittick is by definition a storm chaser. Tornadoes, blizzards, hurricanes, water spouts; any phenomenon Mother Nature has the fortitude to create, he makes it his mission to conquer it. His weapon of choice is his camera – Chris Chittick has encountered more than 400 natural weather occurrences on two continents in his decade long career and shows no signs of slowing down.

Graduating from Central Michigan University with a degree in Business in 2004, Chittick began his unusual career in 1998. Chris went on to star in Discovery Channel’s Storm Chasers hit television show. This young man from Greenville, Michigan has literally taken the world by storm. With appearances on Good Morning America, CNN, Piers Morgan, and Fox News, Chittick is one of the nation’s premiere experts on extreme weather phenomenon, traversing the United States giving lectures on extreme weather safety. He works closely with emergency technicians, engineers and disaster relief organizations on education, prevention and survival in the field.

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Greg Johnson

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Postion: Team Lead & Photographer
Years Chasing: 10
# of Tornadoes: 112
Home Town: Ottawa, Ontario
Current Residence: Regina, Saskatchewan
Twitter: @CanadoGreg
Facebook: Facebook.com/GregJohnsonTornadoHunter

Greg Johnson, one of North America’s top professional storm-chasers and severe weather experts, is also an accomplished photographer, speaker and workshop leader. Having graduated from Canada’s renowned Acadia University, and after founding and building a leading successful communications, marketing and advertising firm from the ground up, Greg decided it was time to devote himself full-time to pursuing his passion for capturing nature’s most beautiful and deadly displays of severe weather. With over ten years experience, Johnson enjoys chasing classic prairie thunder and lightning storms, tornados, hurricanes, blizzards, and plans to continue traveling the world year-round to satisfy his appetite for capturing extreme weather.

Using sophisticated weather-tracking technology, his ability to read severe weather patterns and a team of dedicated sidekicks, Greg has put over 50,000 kms on his Tornado Truck, intercepting and documenting hundreds of storms across the United States and Canada in 2011 alone. His recent experiences include documenting and compassionately sharing the aftermath of the massive twister that devastated Joplin, Missouri. Additionally, Greg’s skills are now being retained by the outdoor festival industry in order to assist organizers in ensuring their large crowds are kept safe from sudden and severe weather risks.

A firm believer in the ‘Bucket List’ philosophy, Greg’s mission is to inspire others to chase their own passions, while sharing and teaching the lessons he has learned from pursuing his. When he’s not storm-chasing, Greg enjoys life at home in Regina, Saskatchewan spending time with his wife and three children, and of course – cheering for his beloved Saskatchewan Roughriders.

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