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An independent documentary series that captures the intensity, passion and science of chasing with Reed Timmer.

New Stretch Goal $135,000!

We blew through our last stretch goal of $130K for the bonus deleted scenes episode and before that we unlocked the $125K goal of 2 science/educational episodes and a raw and uncut tornado episode. Our new $135K stretch goal will unlock a bonus "Dominator & Tech" episode, let's make it happen!

The Show

Tornado Chasers is our groundbreaking new documentary web series featuring Reed Timmer, world-renowned storm chaser and star of the Discovery Channel's Storm Chasers series. Unlike network television, this independent web series allows us the freedom to present the real experience of storm chasing. All of the chasing action, personalities, relationships, and spectacular storm footage are true to the real events, putting you in the passenger seat for an unforgettable adventure. Consider joining us this season through your generous support!

Tornado Chasers debuted in 2012 and ran for 12 episodes (Episode 1 is embedded below), quickly becoming a crowd-pleaser. All of the episodes are available through TVNweather.com for 1080p HD streaming & DRM-free download. We recently debuted a dedicated Tornado Chasers Roku Channel so you can watch our entire series through your Roku device! With your help, the 2013 season will set the new standard for storm chasing productions.

We need your help! 

Join us in making an unforgettable 2013 season. Your money will fund:

  • Video and audio equipment for the series
  • Production expenses including full-time shooters & producers
  • Post-production expenses including editing, graphics, music and audio mixing

While $75,000 is our initial goal, any funding above that amount will allow us to expand the scope of the production. Should we reach our initial goal, we will offer special rewards to reach a stretch goal!


Chasers

Reed Timmer, star of Discovery's Storm Chasers, and author of Into The Storm. Considered the world's best-known storm chaser, he has also appeared on Discovery's Mythbusters, Tornado Glory on PBS, and all major news networks. He is currently pursuing his PhD in meteorology.

Joel Taylor, co-star of Discovery's Storm Chasers. Joel is Reed's longtime chase partner, meteorology classmate, and friend. After a year of chasing apart, Reed and Joel will be joining forces again in 2013 to the delight of fans everywhere.

Dick McGowan, co-star of Tornado Chasers. Dick drove the Dominator for Reed in 2012 and has a never-ending appetite for tornado chasing. He has seen over 200 tornadoes and will drive 80,000 miles per storm season.

Plus many more faces from the TVN team!

Production Crew

Chris Whiteneck, Executive Producer and Director of Photography. Chris is an Emmy-nominated cinematographer (Dirty Jobs) and a veteran of television production. His other shows include Storm Chasers, Swamp People, and Deadliest Catch.

Ken Cole, Producer and Editor. Ken graduated with Reed and Joel in meteorology and went on to direct and edit the PBS documentary Tornado Glory, and Heaven's Rage.

Stretch Goals

If reached, the following stretch goals will apply to every 2013 Season Pass received as a reward for a Kickstarter pledge of $20 or more. 

Pledge Rewards FAQ

How much is shipping?

Shipping within the US and Canada is free. For international shipping, if you would like the poster ($250 pledge levels and above) shipped in a tube rather than folded please add $15 to your pledge. Thank you!

What is included in a 2013 Tornado Chasers Season Pass?

You will receive access to all 12 episodes of the 2013 season of Tornado Chasers, as they are released via the TVNweather On Demand video platform. If the $100,000 stretch goal is reached, backers who receive the 2013 Season Pass will also receive two bonus Behind-the-Scenes episodes!

What is included in a 2012 Tornado Chasers Season Bundle?

If your pledge level includes a 2012 Season Bundle, you'll automatically receive both (a) a personal bundle of all 12 episodes for yourself, plus (b) a gift bundle that you can give to anyone you think would enjoy the series! The gift bundle can only be given once, and requires an email address for the gift recipient. 

How will my episodes of Tornado Chasers be delivered?

The episodes will be delivered as a Season Pass via the existing TVNweather On Demand video platform (http://tvnweather.com/ondemand).  Seasons purchased as a gift will also be delivered through this same platform.  Gift versions of a Season Pass/Bundle can only be given once, and require an email address for the gift recipient. 

TVNweather On Demand provides instant streaming up to 1080p HD, DRM-free downloads in both 1080p and 480p, and HD playback via our dedicated Roku channel application.  You can watch and download as many times as you would like from your tvnweather.com account.

TVNweather On Demand instant streaming supports mobile devices like Android and iPhone, and you're also free to copy the download versions to your mobile devices.

Can the seasons of Tornado Chasers be given as a gift?

Yes! As long as the gift recipient has an email address, you can give each season bundle as a gift. If you know other people who would enjoy our series, please consider getting our season packages as gifts. Thank you for your support!

When can I expect my rewards to be delivered?

We have a variety of rewards that will be available at different times - some will be available immediately after funding, while others will only be available after the completion of Tornado Chasers production. Many pledge levels contain a variety of rewards. Here is the timeline for each reward's anticipated release date:

  • April 2013 - Thank you email
  • April 2013 - 2013 Tornado Chasers wallpaper and digitally signed JPEG photo of Tornado Chasers crew
  • April 2013 - Your personal version of the 2012 season bundle of Tornado Chasers via streaming, Roku, or DRM-free download
  • May 2013 - Chase with Reed Timmer and appear on Tornado Chasers (May 5-11, 2013)
  • July 2013 - The gift version of the 2012 season bundle of Tornado Chasers
  • August 2013 - 2013 Tornado Chasers poster signed by the entire cast and crew
  • August 2013 - The book Into the Storm signed by Reed Timmer
  • August 2013 - Skype or phone call with Reed Timmer
  • August 2013 - Dinner with Reed Timmer
  • September 2013 - Personal screening of Tornado Chasers 2013 premiere episode
  • September 2013 - Season Pass to Tornado Chasers 2013 (12 episodes)

Is transportation to Norman, OK included for the "meet and greet" rewards: dinner with Reed, the personal screening of Tornado Chasers, or being part of Reed's chase crew?

Transportation to Oklahoma City is not included, however we can arrange to pick you up when you arrive in the Oklahoma City Metro area.

Are there any restrictions to chasing with Reed Timmer?

Storm chasing is a very intensive activity. You're basically living "life on the road" - driving all day and spending nights in remote hotels and motels. Anyone who has health problems or physical needs that prevent them from sitting in a car for days in a row & away from populated areas should not join the chasing crew. If you are not able to chase but would like to pledge at that level, we would be happy to have you help our production at our "home base" in Norman, OK.

What are the details of the "chase with Reed Timmer" reward?

This pledge level offers you the rare opportunity to chase tornadoes with Reed Timmer, the world's most famous and successful storm chaser, during the filming of Tornado Chasers. 

You will arrive May 5, 2013 in Oklahoma City (transportation to Oklahoma City is not included) and meet your experienced TVN chase driver and up to 2 more team members. You will ride in the original "Dominator 1" armored chase vehicle that was featured on the Discovery Channel's Storm Chasers and Mythbusters. Dominator 1 will form part of Reed Timmer's chase convoy for the entire week, ending May 11, 2013. Though you will not ride with Reed during the chase (he's planning on intercepting tornadoes, and we want to keep you safe!) you will see him and interact with him frequently throughout the entire week.

Along with everyone else on the chase and production crew, if you chase with us during the production of Tornado Chasers, you will be required to sign a risk waiver, appearance release, and non-disclosure agreement.

We will also be shooting our Tornado Chasers series and you will appear in at least one episode of the 2013 season! This will be the ultimate opportunity to see extreme weather up close and provide memories for a lifetime!

Can you guarantee that I will see a tornado if I go chasing with you?

While no one can guarantee the weather in advance, you'll be chasing with the world's most successful chase team at the height of tornado season in the Southern Plains. At the very least you'll be chasing with Reed for a full week and we're confident you'll see amazing storm structure, with a solid chance at seeing a tornado. 

What expenses are covered if I go chasing with you?

We will cover the costs of your chase driver, fuel costs, and navigation to tornadic storms for the entire week. Travel to Oklahoma City, lodging, and meals are not included.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

A documentary production about storm chasing is inherently an ambitious project, often full of challenges. Production takes place under the most extreme environments, and the chasers and crew are facing the most powerful forces on earth.

Thankfully, everyone involved with Tornado Chasers - from chasers Reed Timmer & Joel Taylor to producers Chris Whiteneck & Ken Cole - have years of specialized experience documenting tornadoes for the Discovery Channel and PBS. They have seen everything nature has to offer, and are highly adaptable to changing situations (a necessary trait for successful storm chasers).

From tornadoes to blizzards to hurricanes, this team is ready to deliver a highly informative and entertaining documentary series. They've done it many times before and can't wait to get started again!

FAQ

  • For the personal screening, the "dinner with Reed," and "chase with Reed" rewards we ask that you be 18 or older unless accompanied by an adult.

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  • Yes but as an additional purchase separate from the regular 2013 Season Pass. If you pledge $20 or more before the project ends you will get them included in your 2013 Season Pass(es) for no additional charge and at a cheaper overall price than what you would pay later.

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    SIGNED copy of "Into the Storm," Reed Timmer's autobiography. Also includes: Three (3) 2013 Season Passes, plus Two (2) 2012 Season Bundles (one personal bundle & one gift bundle), all available via streaming, Roku, and DRM-free download. The 2013 Season Passes may also be given as gifts. Additional rewards include: a 2013 Tornado Chasers wallpaper, a digitally signed JPEG photo of the Tornado Chasers team, and a thank you email from Reed and the team.

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    Exclusive 2013 Tornado Chasers poster SIGNED by the entire cast and crew. Also includes: a SIGNED copy of "Into the Storm," Reed Timmer's autobiography, Three (3) 2013 Season Passes, plus Two (2) 2012 Season Bundles (one personal bundle & one gift bundle), all available via streaming, Roku, and DRM-free download. The 2013 Season Passes may also be given as gifts. Additional rewards include: a 2013 Tornado Chasers wallpaper, a digitally signed JPEG photo of the Tornado Chasers team, and a thank you email from Reed and the team.

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    30-minute ONE-ON-ONE CONVERSATION with REED TIMMER via phone or Skype. Also includes: an exclusive 2013 Tornado Chasers poster SIGNED by the entire cast and crew, a SIGNED copy of "Into the Storm," Reed Timmer's autobiography, and Three (3) 2013 Season Passes, plus Two (2) 2012 Season Bundles (one personal bundle & one gift bundle), all available via streaming, Roku, and DRM-free download. The 2013 Season Passes may also be given as gifts. Additional rewards include: 2013 Tornado Chasers wallpaper, a digitally signed JPEG photo of the Tornado Chasers team, and a thank you email from Reed and the team.

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    Invite to a PERSONAL SCREENING of the 2013 premiere episode of Tornado Chasers with Reed Timmer and crew (Date & Time TBA, travel not included), plus a Tornado Chasers hat. Also includes: an exclusive 2013 Tornado Chasers poster SIGNED by the entire cast and crew, a SIGNED copy of "Into the Storm," Reed Timmer's autobiography, Three (3) 2013 Season Passes, plus Two (2) 2012 Season Bundles (one personal bundle & one gift bundle), all available via streaming, Roku, and DRM-free download. The 2013 Season Passes may also be given as gifts. Additional rewards include: a 2013 Tornado Chasers wallpaper, a digitally signed JPEG photo of the Tornado Chasers team, and a thank you email from Reed and the team.

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    DINNER (up to 2 people) with REED TIMMER and/or JOEL TAYLOR in Norman, OK. Reed & Joel will pick you up in the Dominator armored chase vehicle (Oklahoma City area) and take you to dinner! (Travel to the Oklahoma City area not included.) Also includes: beautiful FULL COLOR PRINT of the Fall River, SD tornado, an invite to a personal screening of the 2013 premiere episode of Tornado Chasers with Reed Timmer and crew (Date & Time TBA, travel not included), a Tornado Chasers hat, an exclusive 2013 Tornado Chasers poster SIGNED by the entire cast and crew, a SIGNED copy of "Into the Storm," Reed Timmer's autobiography, Three (3) 2013 Season Passes, plus Two (2) 2012 Season Bundles (one personal bundle & one gift bundle), all available via streaming, Roku, and DRM-free download. The 2013 Season Passes may also be given as gifts. Additional rewards include: a 2013 Tornado Chasers wallpaper, a digitally signed JPEG photo of the Tornado Chasers team, and a thank you email from Reed and the team.

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    DINNER (up to 2 people) with REED TIMMER in Norman, OK. Reed will pick you up in the Dominator armored chase vehicle (Oklahoma City area) and take you to dinner! (Travel to the Oklahoma City area not included.) Also includes: an invite to a personal screening of the 2013 premiere episode of Tornado Chasers with Reed Timmer and crew (Date & Time TBA, travel not included), a Tornado Chasers hat, an exclusive 2013 Tornado Chasers poster SIGNED by the entire cast and crew, a SIGNED copy of "Into the Storm," Reed Timmer's autobiography, Three (3) 2013 Season Passes, plus Two (2) 2012 Season Bundles (one personal bundle & one gift bundle), all available via streaming, Roku, and DRM-free download. The 2013 Season Passes may also be given as gifts. Additional rewards include: a 2013 Tornado Chasers wallpaper, a digitally signed JPEG photo of the Tornado Chasers team, and a thank you email from Reed and the team.

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    YOU WILL CHASE in the original "Dominator" vehicle and will appear in an episode of Tornado Chasers! You'll be part of Reed's caravan from May 5th - May 11th, 2013, the height of storm season! (Reed will ride in "Dominator 2" or "Dominator 3" a few cars in front of you. Travel to Oklahoma City, meals and lodging expenses not included. Please see our Rewards FAQ for more information.) Also includes: Invite to a personal screening of the 2013 premiere episode of Tornado Chasers with Reed Timmer and crew (Date & Time TBA, travel not included), a Tornado Chasers hat, an exclusive 2013 Tornado Chasers poster SIGNED by the entire cast and crew, a SIGNED copy of "Into the Storm," Reed Timmer's autobiography, Three (3) 2013 Season Passes, plus Two (2) 2012 Season Bundles (one personal bundle & one gift bundle), all available via streaming, Roku, and DRM-free download. The 2013 Season Passes may also be given as gifts. Additional rewards include: a 2013 Tornado Chasers wallpaper, a digitally signed JPEG photo of the Tornado Chasers team, and a thank you email from Reed and the team.

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