Discussion in 'Introductory weather & chasing' started by Matthew Harding, Dec 2, 2008.
wanted to say hi to everyone, i have enjoyed the reading so far. hope to learn more. and get some help along the way. my interest is video and Photography of weather events and time lapse . also learning how to read a radar. not there to make money only to catch a moment in time.
Thanks for the add! My name's Roger and I live in n.e. Ohio. Been a storm fan since I was a little kid, heck, I can pinpoint the exact date I became one at the ripe old age of 6... July 4, 1969. That was the date of the infamous Ohio Fireworks Derecho that killed 18 people here in Ohio. Never have been storm chasing other than a odd storm or two locally but someday soon I hope to head to the Midwest during storm season.
Hi everyone. Thank you for the add. My name is Robb C and I live in SE Wisconsin. I have been a Skywarn Spotter since 1990. The last couple years I have started to venture into storm chasing. This will be the first year in many that I will have the chance to actually get out and so some serious chasing. Any suggestions and help is always appreciated.
Hi - my name's Damian, and I'm a complete newbie. I've been wanting to go on a Storm Chasing trip for the last 15 years, and finally got to book one this season. I have gone myself to Northern Australia (Darwin) once for three days of storm chasing, which was excellent, even though it was mostly standard afternoon thunderstorms with only one road to chase on. I'm looking forward to getting more opportunities to chase in the future.
Hi there everyone! My name is Braxton. I have had an account here on the forums for a while now, but never posted anything. I have also been on the ST Discord for a few months now. I'm not a storm chaser right now as I am a sophomore in high school but have been a weather enthusiast for a long time now. I reside in the Tulsa, Oklahoma metro area, and enjoy watching storms in my area! Obviously I don't know everything about weather, so any help when I need it is always appreciated!
Welcome Braxton. Plenty of good info here!
My name's Kyle, from Tulsa, OK I've always been fascinated with storms, got real up close and personal with an F3 that hit a farm town where I grew up. Been hooked since then.
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Just realized I've been on here a while and never introduced myself. I've been into severe weather and especially tornadoes since I was 7 and saw my first three tornadoes, all of which were on the ground at the same time. That was the 1988 tornado outbreak in Colorado. My parents hated it because anytime we had severe weather, I'd find any excuse to leave the basement and watch it out the window. I started chasing once I got my drivers license, on occasion, and now I do it every chance I get. I live in Oklahoma City now and also am a fairly new Amateur radio operator and still somewhat new to photography. Look forward to learning from others here and meeting other fellow chasers.
Welcome Kyle & Krista. Welcome to the group! Kinda neat to see new members with join dates of 2018 and me who has been here since 2003, but now I realize all that means is I'm getting old!
Thanks for the add. My name is Aaron and I live in Orlando FL. Been a weather enthusiast and certified storm spotter for many years as a firefighter. Experiencing Irma as my first hurricane since moving to florida last year, I just want to take my weather knowledge and experience to the next level.
I drove from Dallas to Witicha today to be in position for Saturday. Would love to meet up Sat morning if anyone is in interested in tracking this together.
Hey everyone! My name is Mike and I have been interested in the action of chasing tornadoes all my life. I currently serve in the USMC and am deployed to Japan. My plan is to go on my first chase in the spring of 2019 when I return to Beaufort, SC (my permanent station) and take a 3 week journey to the Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas area where I will test my wits at attempting to see my first tornado in person. Hoping to meet some other chasers who I can get advice from.
Good day, everybody! My name is Ryan Witek. I've kinda always been a "weather bug," and my interests have spiked in recent years as I have become a trained SKYWARN spotter, and begun working as a volunteer at NWS Chicago. Currently, I am 17 years old, and just graduated high school in Plainfield, IL. I will be attending the University of Oklahoma this fall majoring in meteorology while participating in the AF-ROTC program with hopes of graduating and becoming a Weather Officer in the United States Air Force. I'm always up for a good chase, and I've been waiting for an opportunity to head out this year. I look forward to working with others here in the StormTrack community in the coming years. Thanks for reading!
Hey everyone! I'm Michael and have been interested in severe/ tropical weather for the better part of 20 years. I'm originally from Alabama, born in Mobile and raised in Montgomery, and so have experienced several tropical cyclones (most notably Cindy- 2005, Ivan- 2004, Danny- 1997 , and Opal- 1995 were still high end tropical storms to low end hurricanes when I experienced them) and severe weather events. For me, my interest actually started out as a pretty serious phobia when I was in 2nd grade. I was near Birmingham, AL, staying away from my parents for the first time, when the Oak Grove F5 hit back in 1998. Now the tornado didn't hit where I was, but seeing the panic of the people around me, the destruction on TV, and being an 8 year old who had never been away from home before, it was traumatizing. A few years later a small F1 came close to my school in Montgomery, did a bunch of tree damage and even blew the doors to the school wide open, which only reinforced my fear. But about a year after that, I saw a waterspout while at the beach, and it was absolutely beautiful. After that, my fear began to turn to interest which eventually led me to attend the University of South Alabama to major in meteorology back in 2008. Unfortunately, being a young and somewhat dumb 18 year old, I goofed off, lost my scholarship, moved home and so on. Currently I've been in the Air Force for about 2.5 years and am stationed in San Angelo, TX. I have stayed a trained storm spotter and gone on several small chases in the years since college. Now, being more mature and financially stable, I'm starting to get more serious about my weather obsession again. I'm going to try to find time for more chases and I want to eventually finish my degree. I'm looking forward to learning from all of you!
Hi everyone and thanks for the invite! My name is Ed Tierney and I'm from Oak Lawn IL, a suburb of Chicago. Some of you may recognize the town as it was hit by a tornado back in 1967. I got interested in weather from watching hurricanes and experiencing my first microburst back in 1998. I made it an ultimatum to understand this phenomenon and the storms that always scared me as a kid. Since then, I graduated with a degree in meteorology from Northern Illinois University back in 2015. My first chase on April 9th 2015 of that year was local and caught my first ever twister with The Rochelle/Fairdale event. I've only gone on one other chase and caught a weak EF1 just outside of Princeton IL on June 22nd, 2016 but cannot wait to get back out into the field! Can't wait to discuss and learn from all of you here!!
Hello! My name is Kimberley and I'm a graduate student at Purdue. I am actually an elementary teacher and am getting my graduate degree in educational psychology. However, during my undergrad, I took courses on weather and, this past month, I participated in a storm chasing course where I learned some of the basics of severe storms forecasting, administration of weather instruments such as radar and releasing windsondes, and got to practice these skills in the field. I have fallen in love with storm chasing and hope to make it something that I do during my summers. I am on here to become a part of a community that is also interested in storms. I am hoping to be able to work together with this community to find people to chase with or other opportunities for someone who did not get an in-depth education in meteorology to work in the weather field. Any advice or guidance would be appreciated!
Welcome Kimberley! You asked about opportunities to work in the weather field without a degree in meteorology... I am no expert on the weather field (I am a CPA ), but I do know that social science is becoming more and more a part of the weather enterprise with regard to public outreach, how people respond to hazardous weather threats, and how warnings/hazards can be better communicated. I am no expert in your field of educational psychology either, but wondering if your field/skills might be somehow transferable enough to capitalize on that trend?
Great idea! Most of my courses focus on research in general and also how students in classrooms learn best, but I do have the opportunity to take elective classes, so I will be on the lookout for courses that pertain to that. Thanks for the tip!
Hi, everyone! The name's Mike. I'm glad to have found this great online community. As a traveler and a photographer by heart, I'm a beginner when it comes to storm tracking and chasing. Would definitely love to learn more. Cheers!
Welcome Mike! For some reason, I feel like you should be chasing the colorado high plains.
Hello I'm Chuck Griffin I'm from Racine, WI. I've always been interested in storm tracking and have decided to learn as much as I can. I'm new to the site and looking to jump in with both feet. Photography is a second hobby and plan to use what I learn to get some awesome photographs.
Welcome to the board Chuck. Today might feature a little action over on the west side of Wisconsin! Several active members are in Chicagoland, not too far, and a few are up in Wisc. Photography and weather go great together.