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I mostly Storm Chase for fun as a hobby, but also sell video to recoup some of the costs associated with storm chasing. I became interested in weather and especially severe weather at an early age. Thunderstorms fascinated me from as far back as I can remember.
In 2005, I set it out as a goal to attend the annual spring Skywarn meeting and to get my Amateur Radio license. I managed to do both, attending my first Skywarn class in April 2005 and passing my technician class amateur radio license exam in May 2005. I spotted locally for the next 2 1/2 years, not seeing much of anything. My first 'real' chase was on October 18, 2007 when I went south to west central Indiana to chase a supercell which would later drop the Williamston, MI EF-2 Tornado less than 15 miles from my house. I would consider my storm chasing 'career' to have started that night - October 18, 2007.
In 2008 I started traveling far distances to intercept storms. I did my first long "out of region" chase in North Central Arkansas on February 5th, the Super Tuesday tornado outbreak. I intercepted the 122-mile long Tornado near the end of it's life near Highland, AR. I also developed software in 2008 to bring live streaming storm chase video to the masses.
I saw my first daytime, fully condensed tornado near Turrell, Arkansas on May 2nd. That tornado was rated an EF-3 and devastated the town of Earle, Arkansas. As of 2011, I have seen well over 50 tornadoes.
I stepped it up a notch in 2009, driving everywhere to storm chase. I've chased in almost all states considered in or near Tornado Alley and had my first close encounter with a tornado on April 29, 2009. After my intercept on June 5, 2009 in Wyoming, I was brought on board to be a Storm Chaser for WOOD TV 8 in Grand Rapids, MI. Below is a story which they ran in June 2009.
In the summer of 2010, I accepted a job in Norman, OK working for a weather company and made the move after an incredible chase season. Now I am centered in the middle of tornado alley working on the campus of the University of Oklahoma across the street from the National Weather Center.
Storm Chasing Content
Live ChaseCam - Live Streaming Video from my Dash while Storm Chasing
Past Storm Chases - Chase Recaps from my past Storm Chases
Storm Chasing Video - Videos captured while storm chasing
Storm Chasing Photos - Still Images captured during storm chasers
Storm Chase Equipment - Equipment I use storm chasing
Storm Chasing Statistics - Statistics of my past chase seasons
Storm Chaser DVDs - Purchase either of my Storm Chasing DVDs
Media Licensing - For Media interested in my Video, Pictures or Live Stream