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Discussion in 'Introductory weather & chasing' started by Matthew Harding, Dec 2, 2008.

  1. Tommy Wilson

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    Greetings everyone! My name is Tommy Wilson and I am located in the beautiful northwoods of Wisconsin, about an hour South of Lake Superior. I have only been on a few chases so far, nothing real major as we don't get much sever weather this far North. I have some weather knowledge as I took a weather and climate class in college and it really sparked my interest. I have always been very interested in weather and especially in thunderstorms and tornados. When I was in high school ('89 to '90) I used to have a police scanner and would sit and listen to it constantly and would wait for some good weather to watch. I have spent many years studying and researching weather, from reading books on weather and watching educational videos to learn as much as I can. I am really looking forward to meeting new people on here and learning everything I can from all of you and making new contacts. You can email me at:
    storm chaser5138@gmail.com if you would like. I would really love to hear from some of you.
     
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  2. Todd Lemery

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    Hi Tommy, I'm up North too in Menominee MI. Nothing like the challenge of chasing up this way. About every leap year we get a good storm and then you have to fight the trees and hills just to see anything. I guess that's why God made the southern plains... Welcome aboard
     
  3. S Geyer

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    Hey everyone, I'm Sam
    I'm originally from central Arkansas, living up in northwest Arkansas now. I'm 24, and hoping to eventually move over to Norman to finish school with a degree in Atmospheric Sciences. I've seen a couple stovepipe tornadoes(just happened to be traveling at the right times), but I'm hoping to get out and watch more.

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  4. John Olexa

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    Welcome to the group Tommy & Sam.
     
  5. Brett Robison

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    Hey everyone, Brett here.

    I live in the Collinsville, OK area about 15 miles north of Tulsa. I've lived in OK for all of my life, around the Tulsa and the Norman areas primarily. 31 now, always been fascinated with meteorology (regret not majoring in it at OU) since I was a little kid. Anytime Gary was on I was glued to the TV watching. Growing up here I love to monitor the radar and watch chaser streams whenever an event pops up. Never been chasing in person but I'm definitely going to try go this year. I lurked here the past couple years mainly following the target area threads, been trying to self-teach myself the advanced-basics (if that makes sense haha) of what all goes into forecasting a tornadic event.
     
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  6. Todd Lemery

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    Good luck Brett, you're in a good spot there!
     
  7. Jacob Higgins

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    Hey everyone, my name is Jake Higgins and I currently live in the Wichita, KS area. I have had a passion for severe weather since I was about five years old when my grandmother bought me a copy of a Weather Channel documentary called 'Enemy Wind'. Since then I've watched or read anything I could get my hands on to further my knowledge of the subject and as I got older, have tried to go chasing whenever I get the time and the weather cooperates. I joined Stormtrack.org so that I can learn and discuss topics with people who are as passionate about this subject as I am and perhaps even find a chaser who can show me the ropes and further my understanding of severe weather.

    I hope this post finds everyone doing well and I look forward to learning from everyone!
     
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  8. Chris Hutchison

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    Hello! My name is Chris Hutchison, I reside in Northeastern Kentucky, in the Ashland/Huntington WV area. I am a Deputy Director with the Boyd County Office of Emergency Management, as which I handle basic incident planning, logistics, EOC Operations, and the "go to guy" for weather information during events and severe weather. I joined storm track to converse with and learn from fellow weather enthusiasts and chasers. I've been interested in and self-studied weather since I was young, and now working to prepare for it as a job is even better. Look forward to talking to everyone!
     
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  9. Claire Glossa

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    Hello! My name is Claire Glossa. I currently live in North Branford, Connecticut, in New Haven County. I am a Certified Phlebotomist, as well as a Nurses Aide. I plan to start working in a nearby hospital drawing blood. On the side of what I do for my career, I absolutely love the weather. I have been admiring and watching weather since I was about 10 or 11. My parents would always come to me for the latest forecast. I joined storm track to chat and learn from storm chasers and enthusiasts like myself. I plan to go storm chasing this summer in the Great Plains with a few friends. I look forward to chatting with everyone and potentially making a few friends along the way! :)
     
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  10. Brad Dormer

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    Welcome Chris, Claire, Jacob and Brett!
     
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  11. cody lere

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    Hello everyone, my name is Cody Lere and I'm from Rapid City, SD. I'm a member of a chasing team out of Fargo, ND (who all have more forecasting experience than I, which makes a great resource). I work as both an architectural and interiors photographer for myself, as well as in microbiology at the hospital while I pursue my masters in microbiology and then hopefully PA school.

    I've just recently started to get a little more in depth with forecasting and have really been enjoying learning as well as struggling. I never thought water and air would be more complicated than microorganisms but I was wrong. Hopefully I can learn a bunch from everyone here and deliver some photos worth sharing. My goal is to capture the most photogenic severe weather I can in a very remote chasing area, and providing assistance with reporting.
     
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  12. Brad Dormer

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    Welcome and good luck Cody!
     
  13. Brian Brachel

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    Hi everyone!
    Looking to learn a lot. Always been fascinated with weather. Active Ham Radio Operator K8LQ, Broadcast Engineer for a group of stations. Also a Court Deputy with a local Sheriffs Office here in Michigan. The most I see in the Northern part of the state is a good Waterspout in Lake Michigan. One of these days I hope to travel into the Midwest tornado alley looking for some active weather. Till then, you folks have fun and Stay Safe!


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  14. Kevin J Nagle

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    Hello. I'm new to the forum, as well as chasing. I'm curious of what equipment I will need, and a recommended vehicle. If there is a specific forum section for these questions, please direct me to them. If not, please steer me in the right direction.
     
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  15. StephenHenry

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    I'll definitely check the thread out. Thanks
     
  17. Luke Culver

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    Hey all, my name is Luke and I live in Albany, NY. I work as an analyst/meteorologist for AWSTruepower. Just started last spring after graduating from SUNY Oswego with a B.S. in Meteorology. I have been chasing in Upstate NY since 2010, and even chased in the Plains for two weeks last May. Upstate NY definitely does not have the terrain or atmospheric setup that makes the Plains so perfect for chasing, but I've seen some incredible storms up here, as well as chased and observed intense Lake-Effect Snow events and waterspouts around and over Lake Ontario.

    I plan on using ST a lot more now that I'm out of school for discussing current weather events and other happenings, as well as connecting with others in the weather community both locally and nationally. Here's to a safe and fun chasing season! :)
     
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  18. jaland

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    Greetings -

    My name is Jay. I live near Boulder, CO. I'm a virtualization engineer for a data analytics organization. I grew up on the plains in the TX Panhandle, so naturally I've always had an interest in weather and chasing. I haven't gone in a long time due to working on a career and other life experiences, but I am in a place to get back into it. My friends and I would chase, but we didn't have much money, reliable vehicles, time, and many of the luxuries that smartphones, tablets, and cellular data network infrastructure allow for these days.

    My first memorable weather experience was Fritch, TX in June of 1992. It should have scarred me for life, but that is when my fascination started. My cousin lived in Greensburg, KS and lost everything except his life. I'm just fascinated by the power nature wields. I had a job doing field work on wired/wireless/RF network infrastructure for cattle feeders that had me travelling all over NM, TX, OK, KS, and NE. I knew the day would be fun anytime I was fueling up next to a TIV or DOW. I ended up on some unplanned chase days, probably surrounded by many of you. I've thought about joining a forum like this for a long time, as I've been wanting to get more scientific and do my own forecasting. Right now, I watch the models published out on the internet, keep any eye on real time weather data, and I watch the sky. With a better understanding of the science, I hope like I can contribute to a community like this.

    I'm also a musician, writing and performing extreme subgenres of metal, with some tracks about weather phenomena. I also enjoy photography, technology, and spending quality time with my wife and son. He's a 19 month old destruction machine.

    I've been lurking, awaiting my profile approval, and I have to say I am impressed by the amount of expertise and professionalism on this board. I love the search function, and I have learned a lot already.

    Thanks, and I hope we have an active season in 2017. In open plains...far, far, away from population centers...

    Be safe.

    - J
     
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  19. Matt Nicholson

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    Great to be here! I'm Matt, a 50ish y.o. medically retired (MS) 911 Urban Paramedic. In my earlier career, we were the "Public Safety Warning System" in our small rural area in the Texas Panhandle. I had been a Wx geek for years before, and "Chased" with friends back in the '70s-'80s. After moving to DFW with work as a 911 Medic, I became a notable freelance photog in the Metroplex. I began coupling the passion for Photography and Weather together about 10 years ago. Since, I've chased, and predominately chase (as much as I'm capable of) in Central/North Central Texas, Southern to Central OK, the Texas Panhandle and eastern NM. Always looking to learn more from every outing, and study weather online as well as take online courses in different aspects of Severe Weather from different websites. Now I've added Livestreaming to my Chasing along with still photos. I recognize many names here from the Spotter Network Beacons, and have met many in the field as well. Hope to meet more of you soon, and looking to travel more this season. Once we get out of this ENSO Neutral Cycle, maybe we'll see a banner season!

    Cheers All, and Chase Safe!!
     
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  20. J. Felts

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    Hello everyone, I'm James. I reside in Northeast Texas. I have been a first responder in my community for over a decade, encountering many weather related emergencies. I have always been interested in severe weather and the devastation it can cause. I encountered my first tornado as a child back in 96 or 97 in the small town of Talty TX. Growing up my father was always listening to the scanner, watching the radar and at times we'd go out spotting, though never officially or for the purposes of reporting. Over the last few years I've gained more and more interest in local spotting, more so, so I would know what to expect when the calls started coming into the fire dept. What really opened my eyes and sparked my interest in chasing as opposed to spotting was the Dec 26th 2015 EF4 that hit rowlett tx. My mother was at work in one of the many neighborhoods impacted. She was on the phone with me, hysterical while bunkered down in the bathtub with the invalid patient she takes care of. In the background I could hear the sirens and the roar of the wind and debris hitting the house. All of a sudden connection was lost and I would spend the next 45 minutes desperately trying to confirm that she was safe. Finally my phone rings, all is well where she is at, but every house on the next street over was leveled. My main interest at this point (beginner) is photography / videography, research and spotting / reporting when I can. I'm in between spotting and chasing, meaning I don't stick to my local area but I usually don't go more than 75 to 100 miles out for a chase... Not yet anyways.... 2017 is my first season to actually get out and chase a little bit. I'm very passionate about this and rapidly learning as much as possible. I'm always open to advice and suggestions. Hope everyone has a safe and exciting season!

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  21. Ken Reynolds

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    Hi everyone! My name is Ken. I live in Grand Prairie, TX.

    I am a web developer for a national lending company, ham radio enthusiast, and all-around, unapologetic weather nerd. I have been unflinchingly fascinated with weather since I was a kid in the early 80s. Like many other weather geeks my age, I spent as much time as possible watching The Weather Channel and, when severe weather would threaten North Central Texas, you could not unglue me from the T.V. I have been chasing for roughly 10 years, mostly in north central, central, & northwestern Texas, the Texas Panhandle, central and western Oklahoma, and southern Kansas.

    My involvement in ham radio began in 2013, when I became a Technician licensed amateur radio operator, though my fascination with electronics and, specifically amateur radio, began also when I was a kid. I upgraded my operating license to General Class last November and do not plan to upgrade to the Amateur Extra class for a few years, thus providing me the opportunity to build and learn how to operate a proper HF station, as well as learn Morse Code.

    I am a certified Storm Spotter for the city of Grand Prairie, TX, which is where I currently reside, and I am an ARES volunteer, and member of, the Mansfield/Johnson Amateur Radio Service. When not spotting or chasing I can most assuredly be found playing video games, playing with my amateur radio equipment (hopefully I will be able to build that HF station soon!), or helping with communications as a Mansfield/Johnson Amateur Radio Service volunteer at various local events such as local parades, bike rides, and marathons.

    My weather forecasting skills are advanced-basic. I don't expect to ever learn everything there is to know about weather forecasting, or the atmosphere in general, but I do enjoy the journey of learning new things and challenging what I already know.
     
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  22. Brad Dormer

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    Hello World! My name is Matthew and I live in Davenport, IA (Quad Cities).

    I hate to be the broken record, but I'm also a web developer and amateur radio enthusiast (General class). I left Apple Inc. in 2014 to start my own company, where I contract work from a variety of different businesses. Unfortunately, 9-5 became 9-9, but being my own boss allows me to walk away from the desk without fear every once and a while. It became the perfect opportunity to become more involved in childhood passions.

    The first time weather made an impact on me was living in a small rural community not far from here when a tornado breezed right through our farm before lifting. I watched a utility cart rip away from a tractor and spin around. Memory still fresh in my head, I can hear my mother urging me to get away from our front door, which was nothing but glass (figuratively). I used to draw tornadoes on my homework...

    I've chased here locally in Iowa and Illinois a dozen or so times and twice in the Kansas/Oklahoma area. The main component I look forward to is the drive itself. The open road and the stunning views are what I truly enjoy. Encountering tornadoes are just a bonus. As a person who suffers from depression/anxiety and general social anxiety, it's like a big weight off of my chest. None of that exists out there. Truly therapeutic.

    Needless to say, I took some meteorology classes in college, read quite a few books on meteorology (forecasting/dynamics), lurked around this website for a long time, and watched countless hours of video. Tim Vasquez' Storm Chasing Handbook and his YouTube stream dedicated to forecasting have also been a great influence. Now that I've got the time and resources, I'd like to finally pursue the passion.

    My wife and daughter are fairly supportive, aside from the general safety concerns.

    My goal is to be smarter everyday and to become a not-so-novice enthusiast. I'm confident that'll happen in time.
     
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  24. Stephen Watson

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    Hey guys! My name is Stephen. I just signed my guaranteed contract with the USAF as an Emergency Management Specialist. I head out to BMT May 30th. I have a degree in Emergency Management from the University of North Texas. Loved watching tornadoes since I was a little kid. My parents still have a ton of VHS of homemade twister videos from the 90s. My mom took me to see the movie Twister when I was in the second grade. Continually trying to learn the science behind severe weather. I haven't been on a chase yet but have seen several tornadoes in my lifetime. My mentor is a retired AF vet and is the EM for Cedar Park, TX. He is also a part of the Texas Vortex Storm Chase Team.
     
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  25. Edward Wells

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    Hello Everyone, My name is Edward Wells or like everyone else just call me "Ed" anyway I am a native Dallas/Ft Worth resident and was a member of a couple of groups their that did chasing and tracking and that is how I got me feet wet as they say. So about 14 years ago I moved to NW Arkansas and had to put my 2nd love of storm chasing and spotting on hold until 2012 when I started my own business and had more time to start getting things set back up so i could get back in the hunt. After a year of saving up money and finding equipment I was able to get back out and enjoy chasing again. For the next couple of years my wife and I tracked storms and did our part to submit reports to NWS via the web and made a few friends along the way. Then at the end of 2015 had to put everything on hold again due to money and health issues so we missed allot of the 2016 season. So for 2017 we are rebuilding the rig and I have a few questions that I will post in the proper place.

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    The profile pic was our rig for 3 years, In this area rain fall amounts and reporting flooding and river levels are mainly what we did. The data we collected was sent to the US Corp of Engineers "Arkansas Lakes and Recreation Department" So that is why you see all the flood lights on the truck. We used a Davis system for getting the Rain amounts not great but it works. When ever we were out we always collected data again most of it was with the Davis not the best but it worked and we did had times that it was requested by NWS so I would pack it up and send it to them. Note: not much in the way of data collection has been done in this area ie: around Carroll County so every once in a wile if we had a damage event or high wind event they would ask for what we had if we were in the area.

    So that lets you know a bit about us and what we have been up to. We are happy to be a member of Storm Track and We hope to make more new friends along the way.

    Ed
     
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