I woke up one morning early this week to the sound of rainwater rushing through the gutter near my bedroom window. Milwaukee was blanketed by a thick fog, making the city look eerie. After processing these things, it dawned on me: storm season is upon us.
If you, like me, love storms, then you have to see Tornado Alley in the Humphrey IMAX Dome Theater. The narrator is, appropriately, Bill Paxton, the star of the scariest movie my parents would let me watch when I was little - Twister (1996). You follow the Vortex 2 team of over 100 scientists and researchers, and Team TIV (Tornado Intercept Vehicle), lead by Sean Casey, as they chase monster storms across the heartland.
The highlight of this film was definitely the TIV2. 14,000lbs of armored, storm chasin’, diesel roarin’ man-power, this ride looks a lot like the Batmobile from The Dark Knight. The TIV2 has retractable armored plates to prevent upward winds from lifting the tank, 40” spikes to anchor the car to the ground, and bulletproof glass. There really is no better way to see a tornado than from the inside.
Above all else, it’s thrilling to see the work these people do to help ensure the safety of residents of Tornado Alley. The destruction we see on the news every storm season is sobering, and if it wasn’t for the men and women of Vortex 2 and Team TIV, the human toll would be far greater. Get in to see it while you can. Tornado Alley will be showing until April 29th!
"It’s a life-changing experience to see the beauty and power of these storms. It’s the lure of Tornado Alley, and it’s got me." -Sean Casey, Tornado Alley