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The Tornado Chasers -- 2000 edition:

Nancy Bose, 48, is the secretary and founding mother of MESO, the Multi-Community Environmental Storm Observatory, which was founded by members of the 1998 chase team to provide scientific and educational information about severe weather to communities and schools. A self-taught weather expert, she lives in Verbank, N.Y., where she works as car salesman. She and her husband Randy have three teen-age children. nancy150.jpg (14304 bytes)
 
allan150.jpg (9895 bytes) Allan Detrich is a photojournalist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Toledo Blade who lives with his wife Mary in Fremont, Ohio. Since covering the first chase in 1998, Detrich has become an avid tornado chaser and is the media director of MESO. For Chase 2000 he has co-invented and built a Plexiglas dome with a camera mounted inside it. Called OZ (Observation Zero), it can be staked into the ground and is designed to be placed as close to a tornado as possible.
 
Chris Howell, who was not a member of the original 1998 team, joined MESO for last year’s chase. He is a restaurant manager and lives in Ypsilanti, MI.. chris150.jpg (15943 bytes)
 
geoff230.jpg (12968 bytes) Geoff Mackley, 37, is a danger-seeking TV news cameraman and adventure cameraman from Auckland, New Zealand. An expert mountain climber and long-distance runner, he spends his vacation time lugging his $25,000 video camera to Kansas for tornado chases and to the rims of active volcanoes anywhere around the world.
 
Brian McNoldy, 24, lives in Fort Collins, Colo., where he is an atmospheric science grad student at Colorado State University. The President of MESO, he grew up in Reading, Pa., and graduated with a degree in physics and astronomy from Lycoming College. brian150.jpg (12031 bytes)
 
And along for the ride this year is Bill Steigerwald, who covered the 1998 chase with Allan Detrich for the Post-Gazette,

 



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