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Funny you should bring this up. Coincidently, the wife & I watched the movie 'Twister' last night. Both she and I (being native Michiganders) have seen funnels touch down down from afar, but both agreed that the movie would be a lot less fun if we had had closer encounters with these killers. Must be something really strange about the human psyche that it entertains morbid fascinations of this sort.....
...then there are people like me who no matter how many times they've witnessed severe weather or tornados always go back for more.
I love twister for its representation of tornados, but despise it for it's depiction of storm chasers. I chase/spot storms for the public's protection, for photography reasons, and to further my understanding of the convection based storm process. It's completly amazing how far we have come with storm forecasting, but even more amazing how much further we have to go.