Ask a JASON Storm Chaser

Are your students curious about weather, tornadoes, and monster storms? Now they have a chance to put their questions to a renowned tornado-chaser during JASON’s live event with Host Researcher Tim Samaras!

Tim uses his knowledge of weather, advanced probes, and love of science to race alongside tornadoes, collecting valuable data to protect lives and property. In addition to being featured in Operation: Monster Storms, Tim is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and appears on the National Geographic Channel.

Tim will join us for a live Web-based chat on January 20, at 1 p.m. ET. He’ll be answering questions sent in before-hand from students around the world. Your students can submit video or text questions until January 13. Students will get a real "spark" of inspiration when their questions become part of the event! For classrooms unable to participate in the live chat, JASON will archive the broadcast for viewing shortly afterwards.

To learn more or submit questions, please visit, log into the JASON Mission Center, and click Live Events on the left. If you have any questions, please email

More Information About the Event

How do I watch the live event?
To view the live event, sign into the JASON Mission Center shortly before 1pm ET on January 20 and click the Watch Now link. We recommend using just one computer to view the live event, preferably connected to a projector so your students can all watch.

What do I need to watch the event?
All you need to view the event is a computer with a broadband internet connection and Flash installed. We strongly recommend testing your setup one week prior to viewing the live event. You can test your setup now by logging into the JASON Mission Center, visiting the event question submission page, and clicking the "see if your system is set up correctly" link.

How do I submit questions for the event?
You can submit questions live via text during the event, however we strongly encourage you and your students to send in questions prior to the event. Questions should be sent in by January 13 to ensure they are considered for use.

How can I ensure my students’ questions are asked during the event?
We receive so many questions for live events that unfortunately we cannot ask them all to the researcher. However there are some things you can do to give your questions a better chance of being asked:

Learn about the researcher: Watch Tim’s videos and learn about his work in Mission 3 of Monster Storms. The more relevant your questions, the more likely they will be asked.

Be unique! Think of interesting, outside-the-box questions that will provide for an interesting answer from Tim.

Send a video question: We strongly encourage you to record video questions using a Web cam or digital video camera, and upload them using the question submission page in the JASON Mission Center. Video questions have a much better chance of being asked of Tim during the event.

Who can I contact if I have questions?
Please e-mail if you have any questions about the event. We’re here to help!