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J. Mike Sheard

Enthusiast
May 7, 2019
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Kentucky
Hello, my name is Jaedon or you can just call me J. Mike Sheard, Ive been interested in weather since 2017 and joined the stormtrack discord on March 19th, 2018. Today is my first day on the forum and I will be active and wanting to join in on discussions, so you will see me a lot around here hopefully. My understanding of weather isn't too bad because I have a decent amount of knowledge on the topic, but I hope to build up my understanding further by looking at past forum post and being in the discussion.
 

Lisa M

Enthusiast
May 15, 2019
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Pflugerville, TX
Hi all! I'm Lisa, and I'm from Pflugerville, TX (just north of Austin). I've been interested in severe weather and tornadoes since I was a very little girl growing up in N Central Texas, but I've to date never seen a tornado in person. I've been working so hard the past several months to learn as much as I can about weather and storms in order to get out there and see one myself. I'm on the ST Discord, part of the Spotter Network, took a class with the NWS, and just recently ordered a copy of Meteorology Today. It was a dream of mine to be a meteorologist, but it wasn't quite in the cards for me career-wise. Now I'm working diligently at it and would love to really get out there and chase for the first time with a little knowledge under my belt. :)
 

Josh Swift

Enthusiast
Jan 13, 2017
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Centennial CO
Hi my name is Josh Swift. I'm from Denver and I've been chasing intermittently when I get the chance for the last several years. My Dad got me interested when I was younger because he always wanted to check out storms that popped up in Nebraska and Colorado. I feel like I have a decent practical understanding of storms (like finding them and not getting myself sucked up) but it's obvious reading this site there is a ton to be learned here.
 

Steve Margenau

Enthusiast
May 24, 2019
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Chana, Illinois
Hello! My name is Steve Margenau from the Chana, Illinois area. I too have been interested in weather since I was 9 - I can recall giving a presentation about weather when I was in fourth grade. I am a retired IT geek who spent 30 years on the leading edge of corporate tech but now have the time to pursue some of my other interests, with severe weather being a top priority (but technology is still up there too!). I have been part of the Spotter Network for a couple of years and will attend my second NWS spotter training session in a few days. I recently upgraded to Radarscope Pro tier 2. I already enjoy this learning process I am on and look forward to all that I can learn from the Stormtrack community.
 

Mark Jack

EF0
May 31, 2019
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Westmoreland, KS
Hello everyone. My name is Mark Jack and I'm from Westmoreland, Kansas. I recently got interested in storm chasing withing the past two years and it's been quite a learning experience ever since. I'm on Spotter Network, Skywarn certified, and registered through the NWS. I'm also an amateur radio operator holding a general class license (KZ0RPR), I need to stop being so lazy and go test for extra haha. My current mobile radio setup is an Alinco DR-140 into a Nagoya UT-72 mag mount. I run both Radarscope and APRS on my phone if needed and GRLevel3 on my laptop. I've got a cheap dashcam for video, as well as a GoPro mounted wherever I may need it. This forum has been extremely helpful for me so far as I dive deeper into this stuff and I look forward to learning from some of you who have been doing it for years.
 

Scott Wiley

Enthusiast
Jun 11, 2019
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TX
Lurked here for years, mostly to read and learn. Was in the public safety business for 28 years and anytime severe weather arrived and everyone else was told to take shelter, I was sent out to find it. I'm not a Meteorologist, but a fluent radar interpreter. Enjoy reading the mechanics of historical weather events and hope to continue learning.
 
Jan 31, 2017
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Joplin, MO & Iowa City, IA
I got my interest in meteorology from my grandfather (Conrad Johnson, who was the Chief Meteorologist at WMT in Cedar Rapids, IA back in the 70's. Some folks who lived in eastern Iowa at that time might remember him) He was extremely knowledgeable and I learned a lot from him.
You're being modest about your grandfather. He helped come up with watch-warning system still used today: Not-So-Famous Firsts: Tornado Edition
 

Nik Spurgetis

Enthusiast
Jun 18, 2019
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Indiana, USA
Hi all! Nik here, from Bloomington, IN (roughly 50 miles southeast of Indianapolis and the home of Indiana University).

I'm a weather enthusiast who mostly likes to keep an eye on local/regional radar to see what's going to happen around me within the next hour or so. Lately, however, I've been trying to increase both my general and severe storm forecasting knowledge. While I have no plans to chase big storms at this time, I have completed SKYWARN spotter training so I can help keep my family, friends, colleagues, and community safe.

I took one meteorology class back in college, and have been learning a lot more about forecasting in my free time from various online resources. I won't lie, I'm sort of overwhelmed right now, but like many things I dive into, it starts to click after a few weeks of perseverance!
 

John Bissell

Enthusiast
May 7, 2019
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Grimes, Iowa
You're being modest about your grandfather. He helped come up with watch-warning system still used today: Not-So-Famous Firsts: Tornado Edition
That is a really cool article. Thanks! He passed away about 15 or so years ago, and I miss talking about meteorology with him. After he retired from the TV station, he saw my interest in meteorology, and gave me several meteorology text books that were and still are far too technical for me to understand, but it was still great to look through them. He also relentlessly made fun of the movie "Twister", but loved watching storm chaser documentary videos as they started increasing in popularity.

He also got me hooked on the 15 minute PBS show called "AM Weather" with Carl Weiss, Joan Von Ahn, and someone else I dont remember. I got up early before school just to watch that. Looking back, I loved how they used the "old school" weather symbols, and my grandfather was very much old school without the fluff as well, which I appreciate now looking back on it.

He would have absolutely loved this website. Especially, the Target Area forum.
 

John Bissell

Enthusiast
May 7, 2019
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Grimes, Iowa
I'm sorry your grandfather passed away, even if it's been several years.

Yes! I watched AM Weather every day before school. Before the Weather Channel, we had AM Weather with the true wooden pointers. I think some episodes are up on You Tube. Those were the days.
It was a freak accident really. He was riding his bike, and a dog knocked him off his bike, and he struck his head on the curb. Bad deal all around.

Regarding the Weather Channel: I was told that John Coleman initially approached Conrad about starting the Weather Channel, but that Conrad declined, and Mr Coleman looked elsewhere. I wasnt aware of this when Conrad was alive so I never got to ask him about it. Id be curious to know if anyone could confirm that?
 
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Jerome Lanit

Enthusiast
Jul 3, 2019
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Philippines
Hi all, i hope im not lost here. I'm jerome from the Philippines (yes, that's no where near the US) and would love to learn much about storm chasing since we are now in the monsoon season and my job enables me to literally assess situation on the ground immediately after (even before) impact of a strong typhoon. Thus learning more about documenting a given storm as well as predicting its impact would be some skills i would like to acquire. I'm open to suggestions as to what resource materials available here should i consider. Thanks much
 

Jaynell Nelson

Enthusiast
May 10, 2017
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Mustang,Oklahoma
Hello Everybody. My name is Jaynell, I live in Oklahoma. I have been Storm Spotting and Chasing since my Sophomore year in High School (late 80's). I love everything about the weather. I am married and have 4 human kids, and 7 four legged kids. My oldest twin daughter is Autistic and she is a Storm Spotter. She helps me out alot when taking videos,photographs or even traveling with maps and gps. I also am a Learning Coach for my youngest daughter. My Autistic daughter and I have been in two tornadoes together. I look forward to talking and hopefully meeting you all someday.
 
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Lisa Anderson

Enthusiast
Jul 22, 2017
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Ashtabula, Ohio
My name is Lisa Anderson. I am currently one of the commanding officers of Ohio Storm Spotters team O.S.S. With that team I am known as Battalian Chief 2. I am storm spotter, storm chaser, and also a Radar Tech. I have over 40 certifications in various fields and I have been a storm spotter as well as a storm chaser for several years now. When I am not assisting the team I work for a company that develops Kevlar for the U.S. government and law enforcement officers. I also foster kittens and rehabilitate certain wildlife.
 

TMcMillan

Enthusiast
May 1, 2018
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La Junta, Colorado
Hi,
I’m Travis Mcmillan. Chaser by day, nurse by night. Live in Southeastern, Colorado. Went on my first chasecation 5 yrs ago with a fellow nurse/weather enthusiast. Lucked out and saw a tornado 5 hrs into the trip near Canadian, TX and a UFO like supercell near Rapid City. So much to learn. Every season has been different. While following storms have met interesting folks and seen beautiful country I would never have seen otherwise.
 

S Spurgeon

Enthusiast
Jun 27, 2018
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Bethalto Illinois
Hello everyone , I am S Spurgeon alias Starhound the astronomer dude, I photograph only deep space objects.I have been interested in meteorology for many years and do spotting and a little chasing as well in my metro east St Louis area. I am located near Alton ,Illinois.
I have been wanting to install a radio and antenna in my Jeep Wrangler, I need all info and I am sure all info is here, please jump in and advise , and many thanks for that.
Steve.
 
Hello all! My name is Ken and I'm from southeastern Illinois along the Indiana border. I've enjoyed observing severe weather my whole life, thanks in part to my dad's interest. He and I (KA9PHI) are both Ham radio operators and participated in the local weather net back when there still was one. I'm a retired police officer. I've never done any storm chasing, but I think it's something I would enjoy learning to safely do.
 

Ron Risman

Enthusiast
Jul 14, 2019
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New England
Hi everyone. Just joined after discovering this site yesterday. I have been a weather fanatic ever since I can remember. It was something that we did as a family - watch all the weather forecasts on the news, head outside during blizzards, and watch with excitement when a hurricane would be coming up the Atlantic. I even created a weather forcasting program when I was about 15 or 16 using a Texas Instruments TI-99 and IBM PC jr.

I always gravitated toward severe weather. As a photographer I've always tried to capture storms, but it wasn't until I got into time lapse photography about 11 years ago, that I really started capturing storms the way I had always dreamed of doing. A few years ago I started to go on storm chasing trips, and for the past couple of years I have lead photography storm chasing trips - letting the storm chasing experts do all the hard work - while myself and my workshop participants captured the magic.

I've already learned a lot just int he day that I've been reading the forum and look forward to see where all this new found education takes me. :)