"A Day to Fool Around..."
Welcome to April and April Fools Day. If you receive a text message to contact Mr. Fox, Mr. Lion or even Mr. Hebert you may want to cross-check the number with the Baton Rouge Zoo. Cinematographer Martin Lisius was the first to capture one on 35 mm motion picture film. Dave Nussbaum previously used vacation time to spot them. Stations in the "alley" have crews trained to get as close to them as possible. They're tornadoes, and the storm trackers provide a valuable look at these monsters. Unlike the scientists portrayed in the movie "Twister," real researchers don't rush into the swirling vortex. At KWTV in Oklahoma City, my colleague Gary England uses storm trackers as seasoned spotters will not track a storm without Doppler mounted tracking trucks.