Friday, June 9, 2006

Twisted Researchers Riding Cycles Into Twisters

PONCA CITY, Okla. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Two weather researchers are on a really twisted mission: They’re studying tornadoes by riding motorcycles into the windstorms.

Richard Heene and Scott Stevens are in the middle of a six- week, 11,000 mile journey through America’s top tornado regions in an attempt to collect data on the twisters.

The twist is Heene and Stevens are driving motorcycles into the twisters and, once inside, shooting off rockets filled with magnetometers to measure the level of magnetism.

Driving a cycle into a tornado sounds insane, but Heene says the average speed of each twister is between 10 and 20 mph and it’s rather calm once you’re inside.

As he puts it, “You look around and just see a circle of wind and rain.”

The twisted trekkers are currently traveling through Oklahoma, Colorado and Idaho. Once the research is gathered, Heene says it may prove that someone is controlling the paths of twisters by creating man-made magnetic fields.

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