'Storm Chasers' Dominator vehicle to be in Tulsa on Thursday
BY RITA SHERROW World Television Editor
Thursday, July 19, 2012
7/19/12 at 7:14 AM
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The Dominator from "Storm Chasers" is paying a visit to Tulsa on Thursday.
The highly customized vehicle, built around a Chevy Tahoe, is used on the Discovery Channel series that follows Reed Timmer and his team as they film tornadoes and collect weather data.
The Dominator will be on display from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at LINE-X of Tulsa, 4418 S. Mingo Road. There is no admission charge.
The heavily reinforced vehicle, which is sprayed with LINE-X ultra protective coating to protect against extreme weather conditions, is "designed for close-in tornado contact and includes its own special cameras and tornado probe arsenal."
"It definitely looks a little weird going down the road. It looks like a cross between a Batmobile and an armored tank," according to meteorologist and TVN storm chaser Timmer, who studied at the University of Oklahoma.
"We are thrilled to have The Dominator on display at our shop," said Scott Keck, the shop's owner. "This vehicle is a testament to the versatility of our products. Debris and strong winds are threatening realities of storm chasing, and the LINE-X coating shields people and equipment from harm."
The vehicle is traveling to locations throughout the Midwest from July to October, according to press information. The research and data gathered by the "Storm Chasers" and others in the field is used to develop early warning technologies to alert communities to the dangers of extreme weather.
The Dominator, a customized vehicle used to collect weather data on the Discovery Channel series "Storm Chasers," will be in Tulsa on Thursday. Courtesy / TornadoVideos.net