The BEST Episodes of Storm Chasers

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 29, 2019

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Research meteorologist Josh Wurman has teamed up with extreme filmmaker Sean Casey to form an amazing partnership. They both share the goal of intercepting a tornado, but for entirely different reasons. Josh needs an individual who can carry his scientific instruments into the vortex of a tornado, and Sean needs someone who can direct him into the correct position to capture incredible IMAX footage. Filming from the turret of his custom-built Tornado Intercept Vehicle (TIV), Sean puts his life on the line as he endeavors to get the most elusive tornado footage ever shot. He and his battle-hardened team will risk everything as they drive the 14,000-pound armored TIV straight into the heart of a deadly twister. As the leader of the team, Josh guides the TIV and the mobile scout vehicle toward "intercept" from his captain's chair in his mobile command post -- the Doppler On Wheels (DOW) truck. Josh must make critical split-second decisions from information he gathers from his Doppler radar as the safety of the entire team rests on his shoulders.

Aftermath

#1 - Aftermath

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 16, 2011

In the wake of the deadliest tornado outbreak in more than fifty years, all three chase teams take time to help with the recovery effort. Motivated by the death and destruction they've witnessed, all three teams are rededicated to improving warning times and doing vital research on these deadly storms. Team Dominator fields a new, improved vehicle and tracks a storm right toward one member's childhood home. Team TWISTEX outfits their truck with a brand new probe and a mobile Doppler radar, but mechanical issues threaten to sideline them again. Team TIV adds a mobile tornado siren and chases toward the heart of a twister to warn people while shooting 3D twister footage.

star 8.39
121 votes
Why We Chase

#2 - Why We Chase

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 20, 2010

The deadliest tornado of the season tears a hundred mile path across Mississippi, destroying 600 homes and the town of Yazoo City. For Reed, Joel and Chris, an epic chase turns into a race to save lives, and changes their own lives forever.

star 8.28
93 votes
Smoke Monster

#3 - Smoke Monster

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 10, 2010

Sean's team struggles with the death of a teammate, and heightened emotions lead to questionable driving. Reed arms the Dominator with probe cannons, while Tim smokes out a South Dakota monster that just keeps growing, and discovers there's no way out when you're in the path of a perfect storm.

star 8.19
144 votes
Judgment Day

#4 - Judgment Day

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 1, 2010

Storm and chasers collide in Minnesota for a final showdown. As a ferocious EF-4 twister targets the town of Wadena, one team finds themselves in the wrong place at the right time, and Sean's trial by fire becomes a race to save others.

star 8.16
147 votes
Too Close To Home

#5 - Too Close To Home

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 30, 2011

A tornado outbreak threatens to wreak havoc in team Dominator's backyard. The TIV team follows their navigator's bold prediction, with the success of their mission hanging in the balance. Tension over too much caution threatens to derail team TWISTEX's chase on a huge day.

star 8.13
97 votes
What Goes Around...

#6 - What Goes Around...

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 13, 2010

Reed and Joel bury the hatchet to face a new tornado season, but armor offers little protection when the roof blows off the new Dominator. Sean mixes up his crew and unleashes tension in the path of a west Texas twister.

star 8.12
177 votes
Dedication

#7 - Dedication

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 3, 2010

This program is dedicated to the memory of Matt Hughes, 1979-2010. His family requests that his last chase be shown in this special episode.

star 8.02
120 votes
Behind the Storms

#8 - Behind the Storms

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 8, 2010

This episode features interviews and documentary footage with the show's production crew, explaining how they accompany the storm chasing teams and the difficulties they encounter working under intense conditions.

star 7.88
8 votes
When Parts Fly

#9 - When Parts Fly

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 26, 2008

Both the TIV2 and new DOW torment their crews with mechanical problems. Aaron and Danny in the SCOUT head out on their own only to get clobbered by a massive storm. Reed and the TVN crew chase down a monster as it bears down on the town of Lamesa, Texas but not before they narrowly avoid being struck by lightning.

star 7.87
45 votes
The Storm Within

#10 - The Storm Within

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 3, 2011

Team Dominator risks everything to warn people in the path of a violent storm, but internal strife threatens to end their season early. Still gun shy after witnessing devastation this season, Sean Casey is trying TIV team's patience.

star 7.80
128 votes
Reed's Redemption

#11 - Reed's Redemption

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 9, 2011

After failing to find a twister on two consecutive chases, Reed Timmer and the Dominator team are desperate to chase one down. They're even desperate enough to pursue a powerful storm into an urban area after dark, one of the most dangerous possible chasing scenarios. Team TWSITEX's truck threatens to keep them on the sidelines on a promising tornado day. While team Dominator pursues an intercept, the TIV team is hoping to finally shoot their first ever 3D tornado footage... but tension in the vehicle has everyone on edge, and the crew is finding out that the only thing worse than having a chase ruined by the slick, Texas mud is to be helpless in the path of a tornado.

star 7.76
153 votes
Back Seat Driver

#12 - Back Seat Driver

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 27, 2010

After the worst tornado in his life, Reed pursues a new force of nature in TV weather woman Ginger Zee. But chasing more than weather leaves teammates out in the cold. As twisters rip through the Ozarks, one long-time chaser calls it quits.

star 7.76
118 votes
Twister Twilight Zone

#13 - Twister Twilight Zone

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 24, 2010

Reed is so excited to use his new probe cannon that he has trouble perfecting his aim when he's confronted with a series of tornadoes. While Tim is away, the TWISTEX team weathers some strange atmospheric occurrences in South Dakota and gets pinned between two violent twisters. Sean and Josh Wurman agree that the TIV may continue operating, but only if it maintains a 75-mile distance from VORTEX2, which leads to frustration when both teams target the same storms.

star 7.76
92 votes
All Or Nothing

#14 - All Or Nothing

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 10, 2011

It's the last chase of the season, and Mother Nature is going out with a bang. Team Dominator is chasing a monster tornado for a radar intercept. Team TWISTEX has one last chance to successfully deploy their probe while TIV still needs 3D footage from inside a twister. But how do you pick one that won't kill you?

star 7.60
78 votes
Tornado Intercept Tank

#15 - Tornado Intercept Tank

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 19, 2008

With a record-breaking tornado season already underway, Josh and Sean race to get the new DOW6 and the bigger, badder Tornado Intercept Vehicle, TIV2, on the road. Reed, meanwhile, has been chasing for weeks, already surviving a harrowing near miss and a hailstorm that takes out the TVN's windshield. The DOW and TIV finally get out the gate, but it's the SCOUT team that faces the first big challenge -- a dangerous night chase.

star 7.51
49 votes
Dixie Alley Outbreak

#16 - Dixie Alley Outbreak

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 25, 2011

April 27th, 2011 will go down as the deadliest tornado day in well over half a century. Hundreds of twisters are touching down all over parts of Mississippi and Alabama known to chasers as "Dixie Alley". There are multiple confirmed EF-5 tornadoes, the most powerful classification. Teams Dominator, TWISTEX and TIV are all in Dixie Alley and on the hunt, with front row seats to some of the day's most breathtaking storms. Acting as storm spotters, they're reporting the tornadoes and attempting to get warnings out. But when a violent twister tracks toward the heart of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, all three teams are faced with death and destruction on an unimaginable scale.

star 7.46
142 votes
Direct Hit

#17 - Direct Hit

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 4, 2007

In the final weeks of the season, Sean is desperate to get the shot he is trying to achieve. A tornado forms earlier than expected and nearly touches down near Woodward, Oklahoma. In the middle of the programme, the TIV breaks down and the team lose two valuble days chasing. On the last day of the season, all the teams are on the verge of defeat when a cell erupts near Nickerson, Kansas. The TIV manages a valuble intercept and gave Joshua Wurman vital data.

star 7.45
49 votes
Tornado Aftermath

#18 - Tornado Aftermath

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 31, 2007

As the team try and chase a cell near La Crosse, Kansas, they hear that an EF-5 tornado has struck the town of Greensburg, Kansas. This was the first tornado in 8 years to be given this rating. At the same time, the members of Tornadovideos.net manage to intercept a cell near Woodward, Oklahoma. Sean and Josh hear about this while in Hays, Kansas after a long and costly chase day.

star 7.40
52 votes
Nightmare on Dow Street

#19 - Nightmare on Dow Street

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 9, 2008

Halfway into the season, TIV1 returns to action, and the whole team heads first toward Oklahoma and then into Arkansas. Monster hail storms batter the fleet, but the vehicles forge ahead as tornadoes start touching down all across this part of the Great Plains. Everyone gets to feast on the tornado bounty, but after dark, a twister chases the chasers in the streets of Stuttgart, Arkansas.

star 7.38
99 votes
A Dangerous Ride

#20 - A Dangerous Ride

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 24, 2007

The Storm Chasing team are chasing again after a slow period in the 8-week tornado season. The team are chasing in the Texas Panhandle where a monster supercell threatens the TIV team as they try to intercept the cell. The team miss and chase into Kansas where a supercell explodes producing multiple tornadoes near Protection, Kansas. Once again, the team fail to intercept the storm.

star 7.36
85 votes
EF-3 Strikes You're Out

#21 - EF-3 Strikes You're Out

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 6, 2009

On the last chase of the season, Reed and Tim have one last chance to achieve their ultimate goals, but the Nebraska storms won't give up their secrets without a fight. Tim and Reed intercept multiple tornadoes, trying to capture inside-a-twister radar data. But when a twister intensifies into a monster wedge right on top of Reed's armored research vehicle, Mother Nature shows who really dominates in Tornado Alley.

star 7.35
37 votes
Hail To the Beast

#22 - Hail To the Beast

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 30, 2008

Reed and Josh's teams struggle to find the perfect storm in Nebraska. Reed's girlfriend Jene gets lost in a deadly hailstorm while the DOW fleet mistakenly drives into an oncoming tornado.

star 7.31
74 votes
Opening Pursuits

#23 - Opening Pursuits

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 17, 2007

In the beginning of the show, the science team, led by Joshua Wurman, and the TIV team, led by IMAX filmmaker Sean Casey, is displayed and new technologies is explained. Sean explains how he has tried to gain an IMAX shot from inside a tornado for the past 8 years. As the chase season starts, the TIV attempts to intercept a supercell near Hereford, Texas, before hearing that an EF-2 rated tornado has hit Tulia, Texas. The TIV then tries to interecpt a tornado at night (without filming) and succeeds near Strafford, Kansas.

star 7.30
67 votes
Perfect Storm

#24 - Perfect Storm

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 17, 2010

The supercell system tearing across South Dakota spawns a massive tornado that gives all the teams plenty of almost non-stop intercept action.

star 7.29
173 votes
Sean Casey at the Bat

#25 - Sean Casey at the Bat

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 29, 2009

Wyoming sets the stage for an epic tornado showdown. Sean Casey's meteorology scouts finally put him in position for the IMAX shot of a lifetime and this time he hits a home run. Josh Wurman's Vortex 2 science team makes history, achieving the most complete tornado life cycle data ever recorded.

star 7.29
66 votes