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Storm chasers, spotters pay online tribute to Bill Paxton

Melissa Porter | 28 February, 2017, 01:42

Almost 200 storm chasers are paying tribute to the late actor Bill Paxton by spelling out his initials using Global Positioning System coordinates on a map depicting the heart of Tornado Alley.

Upon learning of Paxton's passing, almost 200 storm chasers logged in on the Spotter Network and entered Global Positioning System coordinates to spell out B.P. The area is considered the heart of "Tornado Alley", where the storms are most frequent.

Most people participating did not travel, but they instead entered Global Positioning System coordinates manually to spell the letters on a map centered around Wakita, Oklahoma. Spotter Network president John Wetter said that the non-profit organization has spelled out member initials on several occasions before, but this is the first time the effort has been made on behalf of a non-spotter, according to Popular Mechanics. The sum of Paxton's career wasn't Twister, B-movies, acclaimed five-year run on Big Love, or even Frailty - the awesome film he directed in the early 2000s.

Posthumously, real storm chasers honored Paxton this past Sunday, in a way historically reserved only for those, "on the inside" of this inclusive community: They spelled out his initials - virtually - over a span of hundreds of miles across the southern plains.