The meteorologists here at The Weather Channel often go into the belly of the beast to report on live storms. We see them battle 100 mph winds, flying debris, and powerful waves in order to keep the public informed of severe weather. Most of these moments are caught on camera, and they prove two things: how brave our meteorologists are and how awe-inspiring Mother Nature can be.
When Meteorologist Reynolds Wolf went to Stonington, CT to report on Hurricane Sandy, he had no idea he would encounter waves that would nearly knock him over. While reporting live on The Weather Channel, Wolf was repeatedly slammed by waves on his legs, back, shoulders, and head. Luckily, he stayed on his feet and kept his cool while finishing the report. Storm Tracker Jim Cantore has also experienced the strong impact of hurricanes, especially when he covered Hurricane Katrina from Gulfport, MS. Shortly after Cantore and the crew set up and began filming outside, the parking lot with their satellite truck was flooded. The crew quickly gathered their gear and headed to the building where they were staying to take cover and continue their live broadcast.
Reynolds Wolf experiencing the strong waves of Hurricane Sandy
Jim Cantore in the lot where The Weather Channel’s satellite truck was parked in Gulfport, MS
Meteorologist Mike Seidel covered winter storm Juno in 2015 and, in his words, was “about as bad [of a storm] he’s ever been in”. Along with the ferocious winds that whipped snow around, there was a surge from the Atlantic that brought water from the coast right up to Seidel’s feet during his broadcast. The pairing of a blizzard and a storm surge like that is very uncommon. Another snow-related marvel caught on camera is one that Jim Cantore loves more than anything: thundersnow. Every time Cantore experiences thundersnow, the reactions get better and better. His most recent run-in with it in February 2015 even went viral!
A unique mix of a blizzard and a surge of waves from the Atlantic Ocean
Jim Cantore’s reaction to thundersnow in February 2015
When it comes to tornadoes, nobody has experienced their formation and destruction quite like Meteorologist Mike Bettes. He and a camera crew were the first on scene at Joplin the morning after an EF5 tornado ripped through 21.6 miles of Missouri. It was an emotional sight for everyone to take in, as so many homes and lives were destroyed. Bettes had another tornado encounter in Goshen County, Wyoming. He and the crew were in the field looking for potential severe weather patterns when a tornado formed right before their eyes. They reported on it live while Dr. Greg Forbes analyzed the structure from the studio. Bettes said it was a moment that blew him away.
Mike Bettes in front of the aftermath of the tornado in Joplin, MO
The tornado that formed right in front of Mike Bettes and the camera crew
Have you seen any crazy weather moments in person? Let us know in the comments below!