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Meet TWIRL, the storm chasers who planted sensors in the heart of a twister

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The group s fleet of mobile Doppler on Wheels DOWs and observation vehicles had already made their way some 800 miles from their Colorado home base to south central Oklahoma, looking to intentionally place themselves in harm s way.

TWIRL stands for Tornadic Winds: In-situ and Radar observations at Low levels.

Recent observations suggest that the strongest winds in tornadoes may occur in this difficult to observe zone, CSWR president Josh Wurman told Digital Trends in an interview.

While his focus in school is on severe storms and he already has some storm chasing experience under his belt, Molyneaux says working with CSWR is the opportunity of a lifetime.

One of the wind sensors was destroyed in the encounter although a backup sonic wind sensor continued to record data the entire time .

The yellow paint on the pod was pitted, and the entire 120 pound pod itself moved about six feet from where Molyneaux and DeFlitch had placed it.

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