Tornado Alley to rip through Discovery Place |

Tornado Alley to rip through Discovery Place

"Tornado Alley," a new IMAX film about twisters, debuts at Discovery Place on Friday.

Calling it "the most eagerly awaited IMAX release of the decade," Discovery Place says "Tornado Alley" follows large-format filmmaker Sean Casey (star of the Discovery Channel's "Storm Chasers" series) and the researchers of the VORTEX2 initiative on a quest to witness the birth of a tornado.

Casey and his crew use a fleet of customized vehicles designed to withstand gale force winds, torrential rains and hail, and an arsenal of advanced weather measurement instruments. The effect: watching a tornado at point-blank range.

“There’s a huge difference between filming a tornado from a couple miles away with a telephoto lens, and filming a tornado that’s on top of you with a wide-angle lens,” Casey said in a media release. “After eight years, I’m thrilled to finally share these incredible experiences with audiences everywhere.”

The public can meet Casey and check out his Tornado Intercept Vehicle on March 31, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and April 1, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Casey will also answer questions after a special screening of the film on March 31.

The film runs through May 31, 2012.

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