KELOLAND TV, SD 05-08-06 Tornado Research As severe weather season swings into high gear, new teams of researchers will be in the field this season on a quest to learn more about tornadoes. If there's a twister in KELOLAND this summer, there's a good chance researchers will be nearby. In an effort to learn more about tornadoes, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, is funding a $1 million project with Iowa State University and storm chaser Tim Samaras to do some fascinating work. Their goal is to take precise measurements of the tornado at ground level. That means the storm chaser students from Iowa State will be in front of these tornadoes just seconds before it touches down, making it very dangerous work. What makes this story interesting to KELOLAND is there is a good chance these crews will conduct some of their research in our area. They are funded through June and Samaras has had some of his biggest catches in Manchester in 2003 and near Spencer, Iowa in 2004.