Discovery Channel’s Storm Chasers was filming when massive tornadoes broke out across seven southern American states, killing more than 300 people. The resulting footage is put into scientific context in the special Tornado Rampage.
Airing May 22 at 9 pm ET/PT, the Darlow Smithson-produced special tells the story of what happened on April 27, 2011, when over 200 tornadoes were recorded, in the worst tornado outbreak since 1974.
The never-before-seen footage will be paired with the meteorological expertise of Storm Chasers‘ Reed Timmer, Sean Casey, Tim Samaras and their chase teams to piece together the day.
Tornado Rampage gives a comprehensive look at the tragedy, with all three chase teams covering the tornadoes in different locations across the South.
“In all my years of chasing tornadoes, this was hands down the most unforgettable day,” said Storm Chasers’ meteorologist Reed Timmer. “The intensity of the storm activity and the sheer number of tornadoes that touched down is overwhelming and heartbreaking. By studying this historic day we hope to learn more information for our research and help better predict tornadoes and save lives.”