Valparaiso University Storm Intercept Team

“So powerful it is stunning” was how one student described his experience with the Valparaiso University Storm Intercept Team. Armed with computers, CB radios, and equipment to track surface conditions, the team has been chasing serious weather since the late 1990s.

A four-year member may chase 50 storms before graduating, but it is unlikely that any would be more powerful than what they experienced in April 2015. The storm produced a series of tornadoes that touched down in northern Illinois, including a deadly funnel cloud that hit the small town of Fairdale, about 100 miles west of Chicago.

A four-year member may chase 50 storms before graduating, but it is unlikely that any would be more powerful than what they experienced in April 2015. The storm produced a series of tornadoes that touched down in northern Illinois, including a deadly funnel cloud that hit the small town of Fairdale, about 100 miles west of Chicago.