Lance Ferguson has been chasing for KWCH since 2001, but actually was chasing storms well before that, all through the 90’s, even before chasing was so popular.
Lance Ferguson has been chasing for KWCH since 2001, but actually was chasing storms well before that, all through the 90’s, even before chasing was so popular. He's seen some large and destructive tornadoes, but nothing like my involvement with the Greensburg storm in 2007.
Lance chases 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, Lance had several experiences with severe weather, and he have been fascinated with it ever since. As a child, Lance remembers having to take shelter in his family's basement when the tornado sirens went off, and his father looking out the small buck window to see what was going on. As he got older, Lance 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, he remembers watching a tornado crossing the highway in front of him as he drove to school in Western Kansas. After that last event, Lance has been captivated by the power of severe weather ever since.