Reed Timmer

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Reed Timmer
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Timmer in 2012
Born (1980-03-17) March 17, 1980 (age 42)
Ada Township, Michigan, United States
Alma materUniversity of Oklahoma (Ph.D.)[1]
Known forFeatured on Storm Chasers
Designer and main operator of the SRV Dominator[citation needed]
Spouse(s)
(m. 2015; div. 2018)
Scientific career
FieldsMeteorology
InstitutionsAccuWeather
KFOR-TV
InfluencesJim Cantore

Dr. Reed Timmer PhD (born March 17, 1980) is an American meteorologist and storm chaser. He is known for starring in the Discovery Channel reality television series Storm Chasers,[2] as well as in the documentary film Tornado Glory[3] and in the series Tornado Chasers. He also worked with Mike Theiss in the reality television series Storms Rising on Disney+.[4]

Early life[edit]

Timmer became interested in the weather at a young age, after experiencing a severe thunderstorm that reportedly dropped golfball-sized hail in his yard. Later on, Timmer participated in the Science Olympiad competition in middle school and high school.[5] After graduating from Forest Hills Central High School in Grand Rapids, MI, in 1998, he began studying meteorology at the University of Oklahoma (OU). In October of that year, he filmed his first tornado.[6]

Career[edit]

Media[edit]

Timmer followed severe weather with his TornadoVideos.net team in their vehicle, the SRV Dominator. He was featured in an interview on a bonus feature for the Into the Storm Blu-ray. Timmer also appeared in a 2004 episode of Nova.[7]

Timmer was a storm chaser for KFOR-TV's 4WARN Storm Team, with his SRV Dominator 2 as 4WARN Dominator 4.[8] Timmer left AccuWeather in October 2019 to become a content creator for weather forecasts and storm chasing, mostly on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Vehicles[edit]

Timmer created several chase vehicles, each called the Dominator.

Dominator 1[edit]

The first Dominator was a modified 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe that was used during the 2008 storm-chasing season and debuted in the 2009 chase season.

Dominator 2[edit]

In early 2011, Timmer and other members of TVN purchased a 2011 GMC Yukon XL, which would be the base vehicle for a second Dominator vehicle named Dominator 2.

Dominator 3[edit]

A third Dominator vehicle debuted in late April 2013. This vehicle, named Dominator 3, began life as a Ford F-350 crew-cab pickup featuring a 16-gauge body strengthened with a polyethylene Kevlar composite, thick Lexan windows and gull-wing doors to repel hail. When storms approach, hydraulic systems lower the vehicle to the ground and drive spikes 8 inches into the ground to prevent wind from getting underneath.[9]

Dominator Fore[edit]

With a heavy presence on Twitter,[10] Reed is often found chasing in his 2018 Subaru Forester, donning the name Dominator Fore.[11] Dominator Fore features an increasing number of hail stone dents in its factory sheet metal body, and undergoes several windshield replacements each year due to Reed's attraction to sitting under what he refers to as Gorilla Hail storms.[12]

Tornado chasing[edit]

While chasing storms in 2009 in Aurora, Nebraska, a tornado strengthened while passing over the Dominator and blew out the driver's window. Its exterior Lexan window failed to roll up. Timmer and Chris Chittick suffered lacerations to the face from the flying glass.[13] The incident was documented as part of the Storm Chasers TV series.

The day before the Yazoo City tornado of April 24, 2010, Timmer and colleague Joel Taylor got into a heated argument as to whether or not to make the trip. An EF4 tornado went through the town the next morning, and the team helped rescue people from the rubble. Taylor ended up saying that he was glad he committed to the chase as he saved lives.

Tornado Chasers[edit]

Timmer started Tornado Chasers on his website TVNWeather.com. The first two seasons debuted in 2012 and 2013.

Season 1[edit]

Season 1 included 12 episodes. Few tornadoes struck that year. In one episode, their SUV's windows were shattered by large hail.

Season 2[edit]

Season 2 had far more tornadoes and footage than season 1. The most notable tornado was the May 31, 2013 El Reno tornado, which killed Tim Samaras. The season showed Timmer enrolling in the KFOR 4WARN Storm Chasing team. Joel Taylor returned for episodes 1 and 2. Jim Cantore and Ginger Zee also appeared.

Personal life[edit]

In December 2015, he married meteorologist Maria Molina at the Masaya Volcano National Park in Nicaragua.[14]

On October 4, 2013, Timmer suffered a seizure while storm chasing in Nebraska as part of the KFOR-TV weather team and was rushed to a hospital by his team. According to Reed, it was his second seizure.[15] Timmer was not driving.

Timmer has a dog named Gizmo who often accompanies him on chases.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Relationships between Monthly Agroclimate Variability and Local Crop Yield in the Central and Eastern United States and Southern Canada". May 8, 2015.
  2. ^ Rachael Recker (October 18, 2009). "Grand Rapids native Reed Timmer leads viewers into the eye of a tornado on 'Storm Chasers'". The Grand Rapids Press. Retrieved December 31, 2009.
  3. ^ "Tornado Glory - Official Movie Site". PBS. Retrieved December 31, 2009.
  4. ^ "Watch Storm Rising | Full episodes | Disney+". www.disneyplus.com. Retrieved 2022-02-18.
  5. ^ Timmer, Reed [@ReedTimmerAccu] (May 20, 2021). "Former Science Olympian here! GOOD LUCK to all Science Olympians competing in the national competition this week! I know all your hard work and preparation over the years will pay off! Be sure to enjoy the ride, never stop chasing your passions for science. @SOAlumniNetwork t.co/tux4jzsrQM" (Tweet). Archived from the original on May 21, 2021. Retrieved June 9, 2021 – via Twitter.
  6. ^ "2009 Keynote Speaker - Reed Timmer". Northwest Council for Computer Education. February 20, 2009. Archived from the original on November 27, 2015. Retrieved December 31, 2009.
  7. ^ "Reed Timmer". IMDb.
  8. ^ "Reed Timmer brings chasing chops to 4Warn Storm Team". April 17, 2013.
  9. ^ "Notable Scouting Alumni P-Z - Scouting Alumni Association". www.scoutingalumni.org. Archived from the original on 2017-08-01.
  10. ^ "@ReedTimmerAccu" on Twitter
  11. ^ "Meet Dominator Fore, the Storm-Chasing Subaru Forester". 15 December 2020.
  12. ^ Timmer, Reed [@ReedTimmerAccu] (October 2, 2020). "Excited to pick up Dominator Fore after being serviced at the @subaru_usa dealership. Many more tornado, gorilla hail, hurricane and flood intercepts on tap for my whip t.co/9Y7XuhkTM5" (Tweet). Archived from the original on October 6, 2020. Retrieved June 9, 2021 – via Twitter.
  13. ^ "INSIDE a Tornado! Dominator window blow-out and probe animation!". Archived from the original on 2021-12-20 – via www.youtube.com.
  14. ^ Kaczmarczyk, Jeffrey (December 30, 2015). "Storm chaser Reed Timmer, Maria Molina wed near active volcano". The Grand Rapids Press.
  15. ^ Querry, Kimberly (8 October 2013). "Reed Timmer talks about seizure during storm". kfor.com. KFOR-TV. Retrieved 27 September 2019.

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