About Our People Legal Stuff Careers
This image provided by Spotter Network shows GPS coordinates of storm chasers on a map in Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. Nearly 200 storm chasers are paying tribute to the late actor Bill Paxton by spelling out his initials using GPS coordinates on a map depicting the heart of tornado country. The effort coordinated Sunday by Spotter Network spelled out “BP” to honor the leading man in the disaster movie “Twister,” which inspired a generation of storm chasers. (Spotter Network via AP)

Storm chasers honored the late 'Twister' star Bill Paxton using GPS coordinates


Storm chasers paid tribute to the late "Twister" star, Bill Paxton, on Sunday by spelling out his initials on a map of Tornado Alley. 

Paxton's character in the 1996 blockbuster "Twister" researched tornados during a twister outbreak in Oklahoma, inspiring a new generation of storm chasers. 

Spotter Network coordinated with nearly 200 storm chasers who used GPS coordinates to spell out "BP" to honor Paxton's memory. 

John Wetter, the president of the nonprofit that tracks the positions of tornado chasers, said this is the first time they have spelled out the initials of someone who hasn't made a direct contribution to the field. 

"This is the first time we've gone way outside of that. There are probably hundreds, if not thousands, of meteorologists today,  myself included,  who were impacted by the movie 'Twister' and the role Bill played in that," Wetter told The Associated Press. 

The tribute to Paxton was centered around Wakita, Oklahoma, which served as the set for most of the movie, Wetter added. 

Most of those participating in Sunday's tribute didn't actually travel to the location of their dot but instead entered their GPS coordinates manually. 

The red dots quickly stretched across Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma, forming the initials that eventually caused the map to go viral on Twitter.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Read Comments
Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest Linked In List Menu Enlarge Gallery Info Menu Close Angle Down Angle Up Angle Left Angle Right Grid Grid Play Align Left Search Youtube Mail Mail Angle Down Bookmark