Chief Meteorologist David Payne, Storm Trackers Relive May Storms


Thursday, November 7th 2013, 4:40 pm
By: News 9


May 2013 will go down in the Oklahoma history books as one of the most destructive severe weather seasons. While so much was lost those days, countless lives were saved, thanks in large part to Chief Meteorologist David Payne and his team of storm trackers.

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While their top priority is saving lives, this May definitely stands out, affecting them emotionally.

David and all the News 9 storm trackers relive those fateful days.

"I remember looking at the storm when it was just west of Newcastle, and I was thinking, I was here May 3, 1999," David said.

"It was deja vu all over again," said Jim Gardner. "A cold chill went up because I knew exactly what was getting ready to happen, and it did."

"Sometimes it's just a real hopeless feeling, because you know you're doing what you have to do out there, but there's nothing you can do that's going to keep people from dying," Rob Satkus said.

"There were so many turbulent, chaotic motions going on. There was up motion, down motion I've never seen," Val Castor said.

Watch the videos above to hear more stories from Chief Meteorologist David Payne and News 9 Storm Trackers.