Meteorologist couple gets engaged in front of a TORNADO

A perfect storm! Meteorologist couple gets engaged in front of a TORNADO after driving six hours to see their first twister together

  • Tom Bedard, 29, and Raya Maday, 26, met in 2016 and work together as meteorologists at AccuWeather in Wichita, Kansas
  • Over Memorial Day weekend, they drove six hours in hopes of seeing a tornado in Colorado
  • Though there was only a slight chance of one occurring, they managed to find one — and as it touched down, Tom got down on one knee to propose
  • It was their first time seeing a tornado, and Raya told DailyMail.com that the moment was ‘unmatched’

A couple of storm-chasing Kansas meteorologists are on cloud nine after getting engaged in front of a tornado.

Tom Bedard, 29, and Raya Maday, 26, work together at AccuWeather in Wichita, and over Memorial Day weekend, they drove six hours to Colorado in the hopes of seeing a tornado in person.

Fortunately, the pair didn’t have to take a rain check on their extreme weather plans — and as a twister touched down in front of them, Tom got down on one knee to propose.

Taking marriage by storm! A couple of storm-chasing Kansas meteorologists are on cloud nine after getting engaged in front of a tornado

Can’t rain on this parade! Tom Bedard, 29, and Raya Maday, 26, work together at AccuWeather in Wichita, and recently drove six hours to Colorado in the hopes of seeing a tornado in person

Turning up the heat! They managed to find one, as as the tornado touched down, Tom got down on one knee

A match made in heaven! Tom and Raya met in 2016 at a meteorology conference and quickly bonded over their love of weather

Tom and Raya met in 2016 at a meteorology conference and quickly bonded over their love of weather.

A year later, they were both hired by AccuWeather in Wichita, where she works on weather warnings for clients like railroads and auto manufacturers, and he works with emergency management 

‘We’re always talking about the weather and teaching each other, although Raya is unquestionably the meteorologist,’ Tom told DailyMail.com. 

‘There’s so much more to learn about the weather once you leave your Bachelor’s program and Raya is always trying to improve her forecasting capabilities, so occasionally she’s kind enough to put up me and give me a lesson or two.’  

Tom had known he wanted to pop the question for a year, but was searching for the perfect way to do it — and finally came up with a tornado chase. 

‘We’re both passionate about the weather, but had never seen a tornado before,’ he said. ‘And as it turned out, Raya was thinking of chasing storms at about the same time.’

‘This was, oddly enough, an idea that we both had without letting the other know,’ Tom said. ‘I planned out the logistics of it with my close friend and fellow meteorologist Rich Putnam at the same that Raya was talking about it with Rich’s wife, Steph. They had tipped me off that it was a good idea and we got to planning.’ 

But weather doesn’t always cooperate, and finding a tornado was tough — particularly when the pair was so busy, with Tom working as a volunteer firefighter and both volunteering at an animal shelter.

Finally, they had a free day on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend — and there was a slight chance they might be able to see a tornado six hours away in Colorado.

Tom convinced Raya to make the drive.

‘The odds of not seeing a tornado that day were fairly high, so we were all ready for another weekend or two hunting for one,’ Tom said. 

‘I was already anxious about taking us all the way to southeast Colorado on a slight-risk day and coming back without putting a ring on her finger … I thought “Oh God, no, we’re going to do all this travel for nothing,”‘ AccuWeather.

But as luck and Mother Nature would have it, they found a twister, and looked on as it touched down in the distance. 

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Showered with love! ‘The feeling of seeing your first tornado and being proposed to is unmatched. If Twister had a sequel, it would go a little like that,’ Raya said

They both work at AccuWeather in Wichita, where she works on weather warnings for clients like railroads and auto manufacturers, and he works with emergency management

Romance is in the air! They joked that they might schedule their wedding during tornado season in Tornado Alley, because they could get some ‘really awesome shots’

As Tom watched the cyclone swirl, he told DailyMail.com, ‘My mind was a mess in a rush of adrenaline, just hoping that I could remember the speech that I had practiced and deliver it perfectly for her.’

Meanwhile, Raya said: ‘I was thinking, “What a beautiful storm structure!” just as the tornado dropped to the ground then I turned to my right to see that Tom’s left knee is also touching the ground.   

‘The feeling of seeing your first tornado and being proposed to is unmatched. If Twister had a sequel, it would go a little like that,’ she added. 

‘I can’t really have a better word for this, but it was absolutely unreal. I didn’t expect it. I knew it was happening eventually, but I thought it was going to happen in July.’ she told Kansas.com. 

Though the two haven’t started planning their wedding, they say they’d like to fine ‘some place where we can relax and enjoy each other’s company without 18 hours of driving and surviving only off of gas station roller bar items.

But they also joked that they might schedule it during tornado season in Tornado Alley, because they could get some ‘really awesome shots.’

‘I’m always down for a tornado intercept, even if it’s during our wedding day,’ Raya said.   

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