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Tornado Alley at the NC Museum of Natural Science

North Carolina is definitely Hurricane Country (I’ve seen banners that say this) but we all know the destruction that a tornado can bring. Tornado Alley is the first movie in the NC Museum of Natural Science’s new 3D theater and to celebrate they had the stars of the movie and Discovery Channel’s Storm Chasers visit to celebrate. So while many people were excited about meeting the stars of the show we were a little more excited about seeing the Tornado Intercept Vehicle (TIV) 2 that drives into the tornado and looks like a batmobile on steroids.

Built on a Dodge Ram 3500 platform, and surrounded by bullet-resistant windows and an armored steel shell, the 7-ton TIV2 has a third axle for six-wheel-drive capability, a modified 6.7-liter turbo-diesel engine, a 92-gallon fuel tank and a top speed of more than 100 mph. [SOURCE]

It was really cool getting to see the TIV2 and not at all disappointing to learn when I was researching for this article that it is already an antique. (Meet the DOMINATOR – all caps because it is that badass.)

I am really looking forward to seeing the movie and the new 3D theater which we opted not to do since it will be running until November 24th.