Joshua Wurman from "Storm Chasers" is the Research Meteorologist on the Discovery Channel documentary reality series.

Joshua Wurman says, "I grew up in Pennsylvania, bereft of any really meaningful opportunities to experience severe weather, hurricanes, even real deep snow. As a youth, I tried to impress friends and girls with my home weather station and insect collection, which, among other factors, kept me well out of the running for homecoming king. Naturally, I moved on to MIT to search for a better social life. But hating schoolwork, I rushed through it, earning my master's degree at only 21. Then after some aimless additional years in school I dropped out for three years, working for the Air Force on nuclear winter computer simulations and other cheery subjects. Finally returning to MIT, I earned my Ph.D. and moved to Colorado to work at NCAR [National Center for Atmospheric Research] on bistatic radar networks, a new type of weather radar system that I had invented."

"However, after seeing real high plains thunderstorms close up, and tornadoes, I got distracted and conceived of building a network of big, fast scanning radars that could drive right up to tornadoes, inside hurricanes, and inside other nice weather. The DOW program and the ROTATE tornado and hurricane studies were born. Somewhere in the middle of this, I went to Asia and met my wife operating a weather radar on an island off the coast of Hong Kong and conned her into believing that Oklahoma was just like Hong Kong. We have four young children who, so far, show no unhealthy obsessive interests in tornadoes, hurricanes or radars."

"Lately, I've been working with Sean Casey and his TIV group on Discovery Channel's Storm Chasers to expand the ways in which we can observe tornadoes from both the outside and inside. We're using new kinds of DOWs, deployable unmanned instruments, film, etc., and the TIV, of course, really pushing the envelope in various ways. This year, I'm one of the leaders of the VORTEX2 tornado study, which is the largest tornado research mission ever, funded by NSF and NOAA, employing about 80 scientists and crew in 35 vehicles. We'll have 10 radars, 4 balloon trucks, UAV's, 38 deployable instruments, 9 mobile mesonets, photogrammetry and microphysics teams, damage survey teams, basically more of anything that is being used to study tornadoes scientifically. The goal is to peel back the mysteries of tornadogenesis and low level tornado winds. Just imagine the lines for gas and bathrooms."




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Hometown: Pennsylvania


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