Blue skies are loved by most folks — but not by professional storm chasers.
The recent weather spinning off Tropical Storm Debby would have been perfect for Sean Casey, star of Discovery Channel's "Storm Chasers" and director of the big-screen "Tornado Alley," who is making his first trip to Florida with appearances at the Orlando Science Center on Saturday and Sunday.
Visitors "can look inside it and see the mess that four guys can make over the course of two months," he said. "You're just not allowed to push any buttons."
Folks typically want to know the TIV's weight, how fast it will go and what gas mileage it gets.
"That's been a big question lately," he said. "We get 11 miles to a gallon."
He doesn't like to go faster than 90 mph in the TIV, Casey said. "That's a lot of weight on the road."
Casey, who will hold question-and-answer sessions after screenings of "Tornado Alley," didn't grow up being a weather watcher, he said. It grew out of his movie-making career.
"My father was an IMAX filmmaker, so, growing up, that was kind of imprinted upon me that that's what you do in life. You take a very large camera to an exotic location and try to show something that works in the format," Casey said.
Casey, 44, graduated with a degree in film studies from University of California-Santa Barbara in 1992. He "fell in love with tornadoes" in 1999 during the production of "Forces of Nature," a film that featured earthquakes, hurricanes and volcanoes.
The unpredictability of the work has appeal to Casey.
"You could either have a blue-sky bust or you could run into one of the most spectacular, one of most violent things on the planet," he said.
He's working on another film based on nature's fury, and he is positioning the TIV in Florida, just in case.
"We're going to have it fully loaded and ready to go, so we'll have a window of opportunity. If a strong hurricane is going to make landfall, we'd be able to chase it," he said.
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•Where: Orlando Science Center, 777 E. Princeton St., Orlando
•When: Casey will give tours of the TIV, have autograph sessions and introduce films beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. "Tornado Alley" screenings are at 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday. Q&A sessions with Casey follow the films.
•Cost: Included in science-center admission of $17 ($12 ages 3-11)
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