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Storm Chasing Canine Drives Straight Into Tornados

Reed Timmer has weathered his justifiable share of storms, and at all times has his sidekick with him, a 5-pound Yorkshire terrier.

The skilled excessive storm chaser is never with out his canine, Gizmo. Gizmo has been chasing storms for many of her life and at 14 years previous, she’s seen so many who it may land her within the Guinness Ebook of World Information.

“I believe it’s a file the variety of tornados she’s seen,” Timmer instructed Newsweek, including that Gizmo has seen greater than 200 tornados and 10 hurricanes. “We’re contemplating making use of for the Guinness Ebook of World Information. She was born into the storm chasing life.”

Gizmo has traveled with Timmer by way of 48 states and several other Canadian provinces the place she has ridden in armored automobiles to intercept extreme storms, together with tornados and Nor’easter blizzards. She was even within the eyewall of Hurricane Michael, a Class 5 hurricane that made landfall in Mexico Seashore, Florida, in 2018.

Storm chaser Reed Timmer holds his canine, Gizmo, in entrance of a stormy sky. Gizmo has been chasing storms with Timmer for her total life.
Reed Timmer

With all these storms, there’s sure to be a detailed name, and Gizmo has had a number of. In 2019, Gizmo, Timmer and his staff have been chasing a twister close to McCook, Nebraska. The pair turned separated from their armored car and have been consumed by a particles cloud because the twister quickly intensified.

Timmer tucked Gizmo, who was sporting a pink solid for a damaged toe, into his arm like she was a soccer and turned his again in opposition to the wind to maintain her protected.

Gizmo was even hit by a twister at Timmer’s home in Oklahoma when he was following a special storm in 2015, however the 5-pound Yorkie emerged unscathed.

Timmer, who works for AccuWeather as a meteorologist and storm chaser, starred in Discovery Channel’s Storm Chaser in 2008. Like Timmer, Gizmo has her personal tv credit, as properly. She made appearances in Nationwide Geographic’s Storm Rising, which adopted Timmer and Mike Theiss in 2021. She can also be well-loved by Timmer’s followers and sometimes makes an look on his social media pages.

The place most canine are identified to turn into nervous in a storm, Gizmo stays fearless by way of all of it. She even appears to benefit from the extreme storms, Timmer mentioned.

Storm chasing dog Gizmo
Reed Timmer and Gizmo run from a particles cloud in 2019. With all these storms, there’s sure to be a detailed name, and Gizmo, 14, has had a number of.
Reed Timmer

“She loves storms, I believe, as a result of she will be able to really feel our pleasure,” he mentioned. “There is a sense of calm after we are on the precise storm, and I believe, perhaps, she will be able to sense that.”

Timmer, who has been chasing storms since 1996, adopted Gizmo when she was nearly a month previous. He began bringing Gizmo alongside when she was 2 years previous as a result of she “simply needed to go so unhealthy” and would beg to go together with Timmer every time he’d step out the door.

“She’s my life associate,” Timmer mentioned. “She’s the one storm-chasing canine I’ve ever had.”