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< face3fix"Arial" size=+1>Tornado Alley 2006 - Storm Chasing & Photography Expedition
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ABOVE: storm chasers enjoy a late evening lighting show in the Great Plains of the USA during the 2005 storm chase expedition.

2006 Event Trip to begin Monday
Spring is here again - and that means it's time to gear up for our annual storm chase expedition to the Great Plains. This year we'll be taking to the open road on Monday to document the peak severe weather season in 'Tornado Alley' during the month of May. This year's storm season blog will operate much like last year's - we'll be posting updates, photos and video from the road when we can. We will also have some new technology in the car - including a mobile WIFI hotspot, live webcam, and a live chase GPS tracker broadcast to this web site. So come tag along with us online!
[ 2006 storm storm chase expedition blog ]

Live Event Tracker
Join us on a virtual storm chase! Our new, improved Live Event Tracker Page features a live webcam from onboard our vehicle, a live GPS feed showing our location in real time, and a live feed from our onboard weather station showing current conditions from wherever we are. Our tracker page will go live as soon as we depart for our Tornado Alley storm chase expedition. Stay tuned!

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Recent Headlines
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April 17: Storms keep lighting up WV
ST. ALBANS, WV - The active weather pattern continued throught the weekend with storms affecting the state again early Monday morning. The WVAH television tower in St. Albans, as is common during thunderstorms, was struck several times before sunrise. Left: Close-up shot of a lightning strike to a TV tower in St. Albans.
[ Full story and more photos ]

GALLERY: Lightning in Clarksburg and Parkersburg on Friday

GALLERY: Gallatin & Goodlettsville, Tennessee tornado aftermath

CHASE LOG WITH PHOTOS: April 7 chase to Tennessee and Alabama

April 1: April arrives with a show
CHARLESTON, WV - Thunderstorms heralded the arrival of April in West Virginia early Saturday morning. Left: Lightning over the State Capitol on Saturday.
[ Full story and more photos ]

March 21: Icy roads return for spring
CHARLESTON, WV - Even though the calendar says it's spring, drivers still shouldn't let down their guard against the weather. Snow, sleet and freezing temperatures made bridges and overpasses slick in West Virginia on Tuesday night, causing numerous accidents on state highways. Left: A car spins out on the icy I-64 Oakwood bridge in Charleston on Tuesday night.
[ Full story and more photos ]

VIDEO: Accidents caught on camera on Tuesday : Windows Media, 2.0MB

February 12: Snowstorm affects Mountain State
FAYETTEVILLE, WV - A Nor'easter storm affected West Virginia with the highest storm total accumulations so far this season for many parts of the state. The Charleston area saw 3 to 5 inches of snow, while some of the mountain regions saw 7 inches or more.
[ Full story and more photos ]

January 18: Slippery roads strike again
CHARLESTON, WV - Wet roads and high speed contributed to a single-vechicle accident at I-64's notorious Oakwood bridge curve early on Wednesday morning. The accident was caught on tape by a Storm Highway cameraman who happened to be at that location shooting overnight weather video. The car entered the sharp curve at a high rate of speed, lost control, hit the left barrier, spun around, struck the right barrier, and finally rolled over onto its roof. [ Full story and more photos ]

VIDEO: Rollover accident caught on camera : Windows Media, 1.9MB

January 2: Lightning suspected in mine tragedy
TALLMANSVILLE, WV - Lightning from a round of unusual wintertime thunderstorms on Monday morning may be to blame for an explosion at the Sago underground coal mine in Upshur County. 12 miners were killed in the disaster. LEFT: In this video image, the thunderstorm suspected of causing the Upshur County mine explosion lights up the sky in Charleston about an hour before the accident.
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MEDIA NOTICE: Video from the lightning storm that may have caused the Tallmansville mine explosion is available from Appalachian Skies. Please visit our Breaking News Page for more information.

November 8: Intense storms blast state
CHARLESTON, WV - Summer-like thunderstorms, well out of season for November, crashed through West Virginia on Tuesday and Tuesday night. In Charleston, a staggering barrage of vivid lightning after dark ravaged the downtown area, causing power outages and giving a startling display of nature's power.
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EXPEDITION VIDEO: Charleston under attack from lightning barrage : Windows Media, 6.8MB

October 25: 2nd day of snowfall coats roads
SHADY SPRING, WV - Snow began falling in earnest late Tuesday afternoon in the mountains of West Virginia. Beckley remained snow-free initially, but just to the east in Shady Spring, the snow came in heavy and fast. Roads remained clear, but bridges and overpasses quickly became covered with a slick coating of snow and ice. Many motorists were taken by surprise when they encountered the slick bridges.
[ Full story and more photos ]

VIDEO: Pickup truck accident caught on video, WMV 3.7MB

On-Location Hurricane Rita Photo Gallery and Video

Storm Highway ON-LOCATION VIDEO: Hurricane Rita slams the Texas coast: In Port Arthur, a Dairy Queen falls apart and a Wendy's sign blows out. In Beaumont, power lines spark, winds blast through downtown and at a hospital. WMV, 15MB
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New Feature Article
"Lightning discharges to TV towers, antennas and other tall structures" is our newest online article that takes an in-depth look at the unique 'ground-to-cloud' type of lightning, with animations, illustrations, photos and video.
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May 7: Hebrews 10:23 - Take a look at another story of God showing up in the life of an ordinary person.

Past weather news stories from the Storm Highway front page are archived back to January of 2003:

2005 story archive - From January 2005 to present.
2004 story archive - Last year's headlines.
2003 story archive - Stories from 2003.

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Professional Services & Features

ENG News Video Services
Storm Highway/Dan Robinson works in partnership with Minneapolis-based Breaking News Video Network to regularly provide current video of weather events across the USA for national broadcast on The Weather Channel and other media outlets. Appalachian Skies owns and operates a mobile ENG (electronic news gathering) system specially equipped for coverage of weather events anywhere in the country, and can help your news organization obtain dramatic, on-location breaking news video from major weather events.

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ENG Storm Event Vehicle Shows
The Appalachian Skies Storm Highway Ford Freestyle is available for showing! Draw visitors to your trade show booth or event with an actual storm chasing vehicle used in media coverage and storm tracking. Our 2005 Freestyle storm chase car has traveled extensively across the USA in pursuit of the most extreme weather nature offers, and is equipped with some of the most high-tech weather gear available for use in the field. Our vehicle (complete with a few hail dents!) has been used in chases covering such high-profile events such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and winter storms, and has repeatedly appeared on local and national television. The car has been involved in filming projects for clients such as The Weather Channel, The Discovery Channel, and National Geographic.

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High-Voltage Machines and Demonstrations
Dan Robinson owns and operates specialized high-voltage machines used to produce electrostatic phenomena (static electricity). We own two Van de Graaff generators (large and small) and a Wimshurst machine, devices that are great attention-grabbers at conventions, trade shows, science expositions and educational functions. Our electrostatic machines are identical to the models found in the nation's top science museums and university physics laboratories. These machines can generate up to 400,000 volts and be used to perform hair-raising tricks, create intense, bright and loud 'miniature lightning' sparks up to 8" long, and much more.

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Sample images

Storm Highway Extreme Weather Stock Video
Through our intensive coverage of weather events across the United States, Dan Robinson has been able to build a large archive of stock weather footage available for licensing. Both standard definition and high-definition (HD) content is available of lightning, car accidents-in-progress, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, winter storms and more. Our footage library, located at our Storm Highway web site, features hard-to-find video of extreme weather events at competitive per-second rates. Our turnaround time for licensing and providing footage is fast, in most cases less than two days. The Storm Highway site provides sample video clips of all available material.

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