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Jan 31, 2017
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Joplin, MO & Iowa City, IA
Nice to meet everyone. I've been a weather fanatic ever since I experienced the Joplin tornado. My wife and I volunteered for weeks afterward and it changed my life. My wife is a science teacher so we bounce things off of each other all of the time. Thank you, everyone, for sharing your knowledge and creating an atmosphere for everyone to learn and ultimately become better and safer storm chasers.
Thank you to your and your wife for your help in Joplin. It is my hometown, and my family was caught up in the storm. I never knew there was so much goodness in the universe as wrapped my town and my family in a hug the aftermath. Quite a lesson for a card-carrying cynic. To pay it forward, I am writing a book about the long-term recovery (physical health, mental health - short-term and long-term, jobs, the economy, politics, the rebuilding, the challenges). People in other cities will want to know how they can prepare and respond. Thanks again to you and all the other volunteers.
 
Jan 31, 2017
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Joplin, MO & Iowa City, IA
Hey everyone, Tim from central Oklahoma. I'm a local volunteer first responder, also involved in local emergency management, as well as an amateur radio operator. My interest in chasing/spotting has increased over the last few years due to my involvement/training as a local responder. I signed up here to learn and possibly meet some folks from my local area.
Welcome, Tim. You're seeing the challenges from a lot of angles. That can only help you. Having seen a lot of public-safety folks at the Skywarn seminars, I'm wondering what helped you the most from the seminars. Also, do you have a public storm shelter, and if so, how do you staff it? In one little NE OK town (blink and you missed it), a guy involved in running the shelter said the volunteer FD has the key since someone was always on call, anyway.
 

Dalton Coody

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Jun 24, 2019
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Alma, ARs
Thank you to your and your wife for your help in Joplin. It is my hometown, and my family was caught up in the storm. I never knew there was so much goodness in the universe as wrapped my town and my family in a hug the aftermath. Quite a lesson for a card-carrying cynic. To pay it forward, I am writing a book about the long-term recovery (physical health, mental health - short-term and long-term, jobs, the economy, politics, the rebuilding, the challenges). People in other cities will want to know how they can prepare and respond. Thanks again to you and all the other volunteers.
I too was there during the wee minutes after the storms, I was already working at the sheriffs office, dropped my car off at home, and chased the storm all the way there, and administered aid, and search, and rescue efforts to survivors of the storm. That tornado was the worst as far as damage to hard bodied buildings like the hospital, I’ve ever seen. The other one I chased at night being an EF-4 was at Altus, Denning, and Etna. It was total devastation in the pitch black darkness. Could smell gas lines that had bursted, had to walk over fallen power lines to search for victims who’s houses were flipped over on their foundations, and rolled through the field. I had multiple flashlights as it was so dark out there due to no power you could barely see 5 foot in front of you. Here’s a model of the monster EF-4, that originally had came over over our Sheriff’s station, I watched the circulation go over along with large amounts of hail, and then it tracked along the Sebastian county line into Franklin County. I got special permission from the then sheriff to take my patrol car to go chase it to the area it dropped down. Here’s a image of it, along with a link to read about it. Storm Analyzer: In-Depth Look At Etna/Denning/Clarksville Tornado
 

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Dalton Coody

Enthusiast
Jun 24, 2019
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Alma, ARs
Welcome, Tim. You're seeing the challenges from a lot of angles. That can only help you. Having seen a lot of public-safety folks at the Skywarn seminars, I'm wondering what helped you the most from the seminars. Also, do you have a public storm shelter, and if so, how do you staff it? In one little NE OK town (blink and you missed it), a guy involved in running the shelter said the volunteer FD has the key since someone was always on call, anyway.
Also on another note Steve, the fire department has keys, the police dept, and in worse case scenario the sheriffs dept does. When I worked in a small town as a patrolman I had the keys to everything in the city, and as a SkyWarn, SpotterNetwork spotter, and also at that time I was adamantly studying meteorology on my down time, because at that time I’d been doing it 12+ years, but in a nutshell the police and FD have keys to the storm shelters.
 

Elizabeth Andrews

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Feb 20, 2018
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Hampstead, NC
Hi, my name is Elizabeth, and I came across Stormtrack after the SkyWarn forum was closed down and was looking through the helpful links in a book on storm spotting I acquired back in May. I have been National Weather Service certified, both Basic and Advanced combined, for nearly a decade, from the time I was thirteen onward. But my fascination with weather has gone on my entire life.

I'm based north of Wilmington, North Carolina and have been going on nine years, but grew up in Virginia for 13 years before then, and have seen a large variety of severe weather in all that time - hurricanes, ice storms, blizzards, severe thunderstorms, etc., though have never seen a tornado, and heaven forbid I ever find myself caught in the path of one.

I am an Amateur Radio Technician License Holder, call-sign KN4ROI, studying for my General exam. Being an amateur radio operator and SkyWarn spotter runs in my family - my mother, father, sister, as well as my uncle, aunt, and cousins on my father's side are all amateur radio operators - and my mother, father, sister, aunt and uncle are spotters and have been involved in various severe weather events in years past.

I hope that by joining Stormtrack I can connect with fellow spotters and weather enthusiasts and be able to teach others and learn from others myself.
 
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Jenn Staib

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May 10, 2019
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Philadelphia
Hi everyone! I'm Jenn. I was born and raised in Philadelphia and currently live in the burbs. I have been a weather enthusiast since I was a small child. Over 39 years later, I am on Spotter Network and I am certified through SKYWARN. I love to "chase" storms and I am very interested in weather photography. Being in Philly and the burbs, we miss a lot of the sexy stuff, so I also enjoy armchair chasing via live streams during peak tornado season. I am always interested in learning as much as I can. *waves* :)