Wednesday, March 30, 2011
TIV and Mike Smith at Cosmosphere
“Tornado Alley” includes footage of the TIV inside a tornado. Driver Marcus Gutierrez and Meteorologist Brandon Ivey, both of whom are featured in the show and the movie, will be at the Cosmosphere on April 11. Their appearance is free to the public. Movie tickets are $8 for adults and $7 for children.
The TIV will be at the Cosmosphere all day. The TIV weighs 14,000 lbs and is 106 inches wide, 26 feet long, and 8 ft high without its mast.
A lucky Facebook Fan will win a ride in the TIV through the Cosmosphere’s Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/kscosmosphere. People can also sign up in the lobby of the Cosmosphere.
Schedule for the day - timing may vary slightly
10 a.m. - The TIV arrives
10:30 a.m. - Press Conference
11 a.m. - TIV ride for Cosmosphere Winners
TIV returns to Cosmosphere for viewing
2-4 - TIV Rides for drawing winners
4 p.m. - Meteorologist Mike Smith presents "Miracle at Greensburg" and signs his book
6 p.m. - Marcus and Brandon present about "Tornado Alley"
7 p.m. - Last showing of "Tornado Alley" for that day
Gutierrez served as U.S. Navy corpsman and is now a first-class medic trained in trauma, pediatric cardiothoracic surgery and orthopedics. He has provided emergency support for the TIV team, and is the official driver. Hopefully his medical skills will not be needed for the TIV team in the future.
Ivey has been interested in severe weather since age 16, after the April 26, 1991 tornado outbreak in Kansas and Oklahoma. He became heavily involved in the documentation of weather events about ten years later, after much research about storms. He earned his Broadcast Meteorology Certification in 2006 and a year later received a degree in Geosciences through Mississippi State University.
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