Having intercepted over 1000 tornadoes and a dozen powerful hurricanes since he started chasing 20 years ago, Reed Timmer is well-known as the most successful and extreme storm chaser in the world, and is one of the few people in existence to document both an F5 tornado, and the most devastating hurricane in U.S. history (Hurricane Katrina).
Reed’s “hands-on” experience with a vast assortment of hazardous weather and natural disasters, as well as his extensive education in the science of meteorology, have made him one of the world’s most respected experts on severe weather forecasting, safety, and survival. Reed is a strong advocate for extreme weather and disaster education, and conducts storm spotter seminars for the National Weather Service, emergency managers, and the general public. In 2015 he completed his Ph.D. in Meteorology.
Growing up in the ever-changing climate of West Michigan, Reed’s passion for extreme weather has dominated his life for as long as he can remember. His illustrious storm chasing career began at the age of 12, when he destroyed the family video camera in his front yard while being pelted by quarter-size hail in a severe thunderstorm. At the age of 18, Reed decided to pursue his ultimate dream, and enrolled at the University of Oklahoma to study meteorology and chase storms in Tornado Alley.
As a star on Discovery Channel’s Storm Chasers in 2008,Reed became the first person in history to capture High Definition video inside a tornado. The eight episode series had a record 19 million viewers during the 2008 season, and was one of the highest rated shows on Discovery Channel.
You may have also seen Reed on Discovery Channel’s When Nature Strikes in fall of 2008, which featured his intercept of Hurricane Ike on Galveston Island as a deadly 15 foot storm surge threatened their position on the sea wall. Reed has also appeared on all major news networks, including Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer, CNN with Wolf Blitzer, CBS, NBC, and The Weather Channel.
Reed is CEO of Weather Fusion, LLC, offering forensic meteorology and consulting services, and extreme weather media. His tornado, hurricane, and blizzard footage has been licensed to over 100 production companies and television networks since 1997, and has been seen by 100s of millions of people worldwide on television, internet, and mobile video devices. He is also the lead meteorologist for WarningAware.com, an extreme weather customized alerts company, and also storm chaser for Accuweather
“It was awesome!!!! As you said, Reed did a fabulous job! He’s such a trooper…we really put him through the paces yesterday. The kids (and adults) are still buzzing today. He was a great draw for our community event last night.” — Debbie Biggs, STEM Specialist -Clarke County Public Schools
“Reed was fantastic! He was the nicest guy and the crowd loved him. He was gracious, funny, knowledgeable. I just can’t say enough good things. Also, the car is super cool!” — University of Nebraska – 3rd Annual Nebraska Science Festival
“Reed was AWESOME!!!” — Jean Patrick Antoine, Director – Rutgers School of Engineering Honors Academy – Rutgers University
“Reed rocked the house yesterday!!! He was amazing and our students really enjoyed his presentations, stayed to get their ‘selfies’ with him, autographs, etc. – In fact, we had a few local news stations come to see/interview Reed. We had a full house — standing room only — at last night’s formal evening lecture!! And, the informal morning and lunch sessions were just a great as the students were in awe with Reed and the videos, etc. On behalf of all our Honors students, faculty, staff, and administration, thank you, thanks, , etc., etc., etc. in providing us such a stellar speaker to help us kick-off our 2014-2015 Maricopa Community Colleges Honors Forum Lecture Series, “Frontiers and the Spirit of Exploration”!!!” — Don Jensen-Bobadilla M.Ed, Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction – Maricopa Community College
“Reed Timmer was a HUGE success! …presentation was engaging, informative (lots of meteorology lingo and scientific data!!), funny, and accessible. He’s a very talented speaker….very natural and funny. In my 30 years of college programming, I feel he was one of the best shows we’ve produced…I highly recommend his program! “ — Michael Nejman, Director, Student Activities – Harper College
“I just wanted to let you know that Reed was excellent today! Everyone LOVED his presentation and he was such a great guy” — Michelle Przybylski, Event Planner – Uline Shipping Supplies