Norman, OK - April 26, 2010. The rapid epidemic of tornadic activity last weekend and the prior week was mirrored by an equally active three days of storm chasing and video streaming activities captured on an interactive map.
Thursday through Saturday last week, there were 126 reports of tornadoes in the central and southern USA. Before that, 97 tornadoes had been reported since Jan. 1, according to the Storm Prediction Center.
WDT’s iMapTracker Network of experienced chasers were active across the southern plains, logging in many hundreds of thousands of viewing minutes onto WDT’s iMapTracker interactive Google Map.
Around 48 chasers, including KWCH-TV and KCTV-5, successfully streamed live video onto the Tracker, with several video captures of touchdowns. KWCH and CNN aired the iMapTracker streams live as the dramatic events were happening, and also showed live streams of damage immediately after the tornadoes hit.
iMapTracker recorded an unusually high amount of minutes spent on the map from the growing audience of storm chase trackers who were able to keep up with who was streaming, who was not. All this, right on their desktop, in real time.