Tensions Grow Between Tornado Scientists and Storm Chasers

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Carlye Calvin

A long line of storm chasers gets in the way of scientists studying severe weather.

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Carlye Calvin

A long line of storm chasers gets in the way of scientists studying severe weather.

There is a crowd under the funnel cloud.

Researchers wrapping up one of the largest-ever scientific field studies of tornadoes say that amateur storm chasers hindered their research and created dangerous traffic jams. Storm chasers, for their part, say that they have just as much right to observe storms as Ph.D.'s.

Hundreds of camera-toting amateurs in cars ended up chasing the same storms as a fleet of scientific vehicles during the high-profile