Kansas Meteorologists Get Engaged While Being Photobombed By Tornado

Written by on June 17, 2021

When Kansas meteorologist Tom Bedard proposed to his girlfriend, fellow meteorologist Raya Maday, he didn’t let something rain on their parade.

Nonetheless, the couple did get photobombed by a twister in the course of the huge second ― which made for an ideal storm and a becoming image.

Bedard first met Maday at an annual American Meteorological Society occasion in New Orleans in 2016, and finally the 2 turned co-workers for AccuWeather in Wichita, Kansas.

“We’ve all the time been fairly closely linked within the climate neighborhood,” Maday advised AccuWeather. “Even from the day we met.”

Bedard knew for months that he wished to marry Maday, however wished to pop the query on the proper second. For this climate man, that meant ready till there was a twister ― since neither he or Maday had seen one of their lives.

“I had identified that this was the 12 months I had wished to suggest and was simply looking for the proper state of affairs for it,” Bedard advised The Wichita Eagle. “Being that she and I nonetheless hadn’t seen a twister and there was an entire lot of discuss earlier within the season about it being an excellent twister season, it appeared like the very best sort of circumstance.”

Bedard acquired his probability on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend when the couple went storm-chasing with some associates who, unbeknownst to Raday, had been conscious of his proposal plans.

“We had been prepared for almost each circumstance,” Bedard advised AccuWeather. “We had already pushed to date. I used to be already anxious about taking us all the way in which to southeast Colorado on a slight-risk day and coming again with out placing a hoop on her finger … I assumed ‘Oh God, no, we’re going to do all this journey for nothing.’”

However Maday ended up discovering the right spot for the proposal she didn’t know was occurring.

“She’s unimaginable. She knew what she was doing and he or she and Wealthy (the good friend who was there to be the videographer) put us in the proper spot. We caught round and finally acquired a landing at three or 4 o’clock.” Bedard mentioned. “I couldn’t have requested for a greater alternative.”

So when the twister touched down, so did Bedard’s left knee.

“My legs had been shaking greater than that they had ever earlier than in my life,” he admitted to InsideEdition.

“I’ve by no means seen you so nervous — ever!” Maday responded.

Though Maday mentioned sure to the proposal, she continues to be processing it.

“In no measure would I ever count on one thing like this to occur. Like, ‘Wouldn’t it’s humorous if Tom proposed in entrance of our first twister.’ Not gonna occur. By no means gonna occur. Nevertheless it one way or the other occurred,” she advised AccuWeather. “It was simply so completely surprising.”


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