Storm chaser dies in Minnesota car crash during extreme weather

Storm chaser dies in Minnesota car crash during extreme weather

A meteorologist was killed in a automotive crash brought on by extreme climate whereas chasing a storm in Minnesota Wednesday.

Martha Llanos Rodriguez, 30, of Mexico Metropolis, died when a semitrailer rear-ended a automotive she was driving in on Interstate 90 after Rodriguez’s car stopped quick to keep away from downed energy strains, authorities mentioned.

Rodriguez and three different climate consultants had been chasing a extreme storm system that introduced damaging winds, flooding, hail and studies of attainable tornadoes to the southwestern a part of the state, in accordance with the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

The sufferer, who wrote for the Spanish language outlet Meteored, had been chasing storms in Nebraska and Iowa earlier than embarking on the deadly journey to Minnesota, in accordance with her Twitter web page.

Her demise got here after three different storm chasers had died within the Midwest during the last two weeks whereas monitoring tornadoes, as extreme climate pursuits like these depicted within the 1996 movie “Tornado” had been not too long ago trending upward within the US, in accordance with meteorologists and chasers.

“There may be such a quantity of chasers on the market on some storms generally that it creates potential site visitors and different hazards,” mentioned Marshall Shepherd, director of the atmospheric sciences program on the College of Georgia.

Three meteorology college students died in a separate crash. FOX 8 WGHP

“Seeing storms inside their pure context has scientific and broader worth so I’m not anti-chasing, nevertheless, there are components which have turn into somewhat wild, wild West-ish.”

Three College of Oklahoma college students have been killed on April 29 after driving to Kansas to chase a tornado, police mentioned.

Gavin Brief, 19, of Illinois, was one of many victims.

“He beloved it, and we have been so pleased for him,” his mom Beth Brief instructed WMAQ-TV.

“And it simply, that is simply the worst nightmare for us and two different units of oldsters.”

Greg Tripoli, an atmospheric and oceanic sciences professor on the College of Wisconsin-Madison who taught a storm chasing class within the 90s, instructed his college students that automotive accidents posed a better menace than being struck by particles or lightning.

Nonetheless, for a lot of the potential rewards outweighed the hazards, he mentioned.

“Seeing a twister is a life-changing expertise,” Tripoli mentioned.

“You wish to see one as a substitute of simply speaking about them. It’s actually simply one of many excitements of life. You’ve obtained to take probabilities and go on the market and go after your passions.

“It’s no totally different from rock-climbing or deep-sea diving.”

With AP wires

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