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  1. Matthew Harding

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    Hello all! My name is Matthew Harding and I am from Wichita, KS. I have been a weather enthusiast (thats putting it mildly) since I was a small child. I am currently attending Butler Community College (getting pre-reqs done) with the ultimate goal of becoming a television meteorologist. My unbridled passion has always been for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms, but I love all other types of weather.

    I have been a lurker on Stormtrack for over a year and have learned a lot from everybody on here. Now that I am a member, I am hoping to make contacts and continue learning from those who have far greater weather knowledge than I ever will. Everything I know about weather, I have learned from reading books, papers, discussions, or just by asking questions. While I am lacking in my overall storm chasing experience, I have gotten "lucky" a couple of times. With that said, I feel that if I can learn the ropes of storm chasing and gain valuable experience in the field, that it will help me become a better meteorologist later.

    I am eager to learn all that I can from everybody on here and look forward to meeting you out on the road in Spring 2009.
     
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  2. Adam Lucio

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    Welcome aboard. I like your avatar...the old school TWC symbol for freezing rain if I remember correctly...I havent seen that used in years.
     
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    Welcome Matthew! I am new to the forum as well, and I have already learned a ton by posting questions and reading other's posts. Good luck and hope to see you out on the road.
     
  4. Matthew Harding

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    Thanks a lot Adam. Its the freezing rain icon from back when TWC was good. Thats another discussion for another thread.
     
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    Welcome on Stmtck! You live in one of the best stormchasing zones of the world, sure this will help you a lot!;) Overall you will not have to do 10000 km to chase:)
     
  6. Maggie Kahman

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    welcome to the board, Matthew :)
     
  7. Dustin Wilcox

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    IMO that’s one thing it seems a lot of TV meteorologist lack, in the field experience. From my viewing experiences, it seems that TV Met's that I know chase or ones that have chased with me, seem to be leaps ahead of those w/o in the field experience when it comes to Severe Weather coverage. I'm not sure if its simply because they have a better understanding of what is going on, or if they can better understand/decipher reports coming in and relay those to the viewer better. Either way, I think its SUPER beneficial for broadcast Met's esp. in the Alley to have at least some chasing experience. Anyway, welcome to the forum!
     
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    New!

    I am Joshua and i am new here and just wanted to say hi. I am currently living in Cottonwood, Arizona and am moving to Council Grove Kansas in June to have a better shot at chasing.
     
  9. Dann Cianca

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    Welcome Matthew! I also like the icon. Where did you get it?
     
  10. Rob Wadsworth

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    Welcome to STORMTRACK. Matthew!
    And while we are on the subjuect of Avatars - Dann C; did you make yours or did you find it somewhere.
    Either way - it is cool like Matthews!
     
  11. Dann Cianca

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    Welcome to Storm Track, Joshua!
     
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    Made it ... want to make it into a t-shirt. :)
     
  13. Matthew Harding

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    Dann and Rob, you can get those avitars from twcclassics.com, click on downloads and you can go from there. By the way, if you were ever a fan of Dave Schwartz, you can click on the "Schwartz Alert Mode" and look at some of his funniest moments.
     
  14. Matthew Harding

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    Welcome to Stormtrack Joshua. Hope to see you out on the road next season!
     
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    Welcome Matthew! I'm sure you will learn a lot here. Good Luck with the Meteorology studies! Which college do you plan to attend after you finish up at Butler?
     
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    Right now I plan on doing the BMP Program through MS State and attending Wichita State to take broadcasting classes.
     
  17. Matthew Harding

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    Brandon-- I noticed that on your profile that you recently completed your meteorology degree. Did you do that through MS State or thro another avenue?
     
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    Haha, that avatar reminds me of the goat in Jurassic Park. Tornadoes don't want to be fed, they want to hunt!
     
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    Welcome to the Asylum :D
     
  20. Bob Hartig

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    Welcome on board, Joshua. Lots to learn here. Join in the discussions, ask questions, and have fun. And blessings on your chases. :)
     
  21. STurner

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    Welcome to stormtrack Matthew. I am still pretty new myself but have learned a lot from people on stormtrack. Keep at it and you will fulfill your dreams of becoming a television meteorologist. Also most of my family lives in the Butler and Sedgwick county area.
     
  22. Steve Miller

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    Welcome!
    Hey, this is my first one-liner post...
     
  23. Rob Wadsworth

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    Welcome to STORMTRACK, Joshua.
    You are going to move to KS to live there and chase!?!
    That is like living in Disneyland!
    :D
     
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    Welcome Joshua I know that area really well for I was born in Emporia which is about 40 miles away. Even though I have never storm chased that much I am sure you will be pretty sucessful living in that area. My hometown has been hit by tornadoes on several occassions including a mile-wide F4 tornado on June 8, 1974. Good luck to you and be safe.
     
  25. Kevin Rider

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    Welcome to stormtrack Matthew. Nice to see someone else that lives in Wichita, Kansas! Wichita is my hometown but i am currently going to school at OU.
     

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