August 15, 2016
Jim Cantore of The Weather Channel made his second trip to the Cube at the Moss Arts Center, where he previously “walked” through a tornado in 3-D, re-created by a team of meteorology faculty and students. During his latest visit he viewed the landfall of Hurricane Charley in south Florida and the 2013 El Reno, Oklahoma, tornado, in which the movement of the tornado was animated across a series of 12 radar sweeps.
While on campus, Cantore also returned to the Virginia Tech Wind Tunnel facility. Several meteorology students were on hand to see him endure a speed of 186.9 mph, the equivalent of a category 5 hurricane or an EF4 tornado, shattering his previous record of 158.6 mph. Watch his experience, which aired on The Weather Channel.