I’ve been chasing for KWCH since 2001, but actually was chasing storms well before that, all through the ’90s, even before chasing was so popular. I’ve seen some large and destructive tornadoes, but nothing like my involvement with the Greensburg storm in 2007.
I storm chase for two reasons. First, to help warn and protect the General Public. We are the eyes that provide ground truth reports, so the media and the National Weather Service can disseminate vital information to the public, good or bad. Second, there’s nothing like experiencing the power of what Mother Nature can do. To witness and feel the force a storm can produce, is nothing but intense, especially if it produces a tornado. For those reasons, I continue to chase.
Growing up, I had several experiences with severe weather, and I have been fascinated with it ever since. As a child, I remember having to take shelter in our basement when the Tornado sirens went off, and my Father looking out the small buck window to see what was going on. As I got older, I had a close encounter while at a summer camp in which a tornado rolled by in the middle of the night. And, finally, while in college, I remember watching a tornado crossing the highway in front of me as I drove to school in Western Kansas. After that last event, I have been captivated by the power of severe weather ever since.