They're back! Storm chasers from Virginia Tech returned to campus Thursday, after witnessing first-hand, nature's power.

We caught up with one researcher and one volunteer, shortly after they got onto campus, and they looked beat and ready for sleep.

Virginia Techs' storm chasers watched ugly cells form in Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma. Researchers plan these trips each year. David Carroll with the Virginia Tech Geology department, says the race to watch severe weather is tempered by common sense, "There are places that we shy away from if we get into the situation where the road network and traffic limit our options for safety escapes, we just don't engage those storms."

Every year some storms turn deadly. This year's no different.

Even with some of the latest whiz bang storm chasing equipment strapped on top, students learned there's no one certain answer, when deciding how to chase a storm.

"They got to see the different opinions ever among people with the same information. One person says we got to go there, one person says I think we need to go here. And that gives them a taste of what their future will be like as far as forecasters."

Scientists say while in the past month monster tornadoes have rolled through tornado alley, records show the frequency of these killer storms is down.

"But the tornados that did occur, occured in highly populated areas so they were very newsworthy. Some very tragic scenes occured out there while we were there."

Virginia Tech meteorology students saw suffering up close, that while hard to witness, ironically, may help.

"Certainly it tempers it from the students viewpoint but it can also serve as a motivational tool as many of them will become our future forecasters and perhaps weather researchers and they saw some problems related to this."