QueerRudie wrote:Incredible to see that thing up close (The TIV) after seeing it so often on TV and elsewhere.
A question about the spikes (the ones that 'hold' it into the ground)- are those mechanically lowered, or spring/fire-powered down? I'd imagine that would have to be something rather fast-acting to prevent 'issues' along the way.
Also: Does the vehicle go off-road often? (My memory of the series is rotten- as usual.)
Thanks R.D.! The TIV was certainly the highlight of the weekend. The side panels and the spikes are lowered mechanically using hydro's. The vehicle itself uses airbags which also assist in planting it on the ground. They have gone on dirt roads but as you can imagine, it doesn't fare well in the mud.
PAL wrote:Sad, sad photos leading up to the TIV meet and greet. During the first two seasons I thought there was a disturbing disconnect between the excitement of the storm chasers and the devastating potentially killer nature of the storms. The past two seasons the chasers seem to have developed a conscience, but it feels forced. Only the academic team in their thin skinned trucks comes across as likable.
Sean comes across as whiny and mercurial,but I'm sure that's the producers' doing. In real life, no one could be as much a jerk as Reed, could they?
Whatever, it takes steel to deliberately run down those twisters. I'm sure Sean is an interesting character. It's cool you got to meet him.
Unfortunately they are still under contract with Discovery until April 1st and can't really talk about the show until then. However I believe that while they are sad to see it go, the drama that was injected by the producers and those wanting face time (primarily Reed) drove it to the point that viewership started on the decline. All in all I think they are glad its gone
Sean though was just a normal guy and I was able to talk to him for a good fifteen minutes. I do think you hit the nail on the head, the editing room helped portray him as someone he's not.
As for the tornado damage, thank you for the Ford dealership shot.. I'm also digging the old Pontiac logo - my brother had a '55 Starchief so I recognize the logo.
Awesome pictures - I glanced at them for now because it's getting late, but I want to get back on here and take a better look at everything.
Did anyone else notice a Kennywood arrow in the tornado pictures? Ok, not Kennywood per se, but use your imaginations folks.
Thanks Chris, I didn't really notice the look-a-like sign until you pointed it out! I figured you'd like that Ford pic
beatle11 wrote:Amazing! I've always been interested in severe weather and meeting someone like Sean Casey and seeing the TIV like that is something I'd love to be able to do. Thanks for sharing!
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Shavethewhales wrote:So many great pics! Great to see all those footers already in place, and some inside shots of CC. I'm also thankful you grabbed those tornado shots - I haven't seen that much myself yet and I probably won't get down there until early summer.
Is the flying carpet still at CC?
I'm loving all the attention SDC is getting again with this new construction. Those footers seem to have popped up within the week before opening. At this rate they'll have bents going up next month. That station is really growing as well - it was just formwork a couple of weeks ago.
Thanks! And yeah, those footers are sprouting like weeds! The train conductor suggested in about two months they will make an official announcement but I would suspect if they start going vertical they may need to make that announcement a little sooner. I love that they are precast, dig a hole, throw in some gravel, level it out and bam! Insta footer!
The flying carpet is indeed still there with a partial cover on it waiting for someone to give it a new home.
I plan on going back for World Fest, they are adding Italia this year that looks interesting. If gas hits $4+ I might have to reconsider tho