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Storm chasing students spot super cells

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Breathtaking images of super cells forming in Texas were captured by storm chasers over the Memorial Day weekend, but they weren't just any storm chasers, they were the Western Kentucky University Storm Chasers.

One van, one professor and eight students ready for an adventure.

Evansville Hilltopper Melissa Moore said, "It's absolutely amazing. It's a learning experience, the best thing I've gotten out of it is applying all of the meteorology courses and bringing it out there is problem the best thing a student could ever do."

It is literally taking the classroom outside. They were not only in Texas where they saw rotating wall clouds and a couple of gustnadoes, but they traveled through New Mexico and Wyoming, trying to get closer to the Canadian border where the Storm Prediction Center has already outlined a risk for severe storms.

"A little more enhanced tornado risk up north.  At least, that is what we are hoping for," said Brian Urbancic, of Louisville. But even though he's hoping to hit severe weather he doesn't want his parents to worry, "I just wanted to let them know I'm ok. I've been sending them pictures and am having a blast. And am very much enjoying myself."

The students will return to campus on Monday and just as they return one of our own will be heading out to storm chase himself. Meteorologist Ryan Hoke will hit the road next week for his Great Plains Storm Chase Adventure.  He will live blog about his journey and I am sure we will be hearing from him often as he travels out west.

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