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Chris Kwinta

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Oct 19, 2019
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Round Lake, IL
Greetings all! I am a lightning photographer and researcher from the northern Illinois area.

In 2016 I started researching lightning as it brought back good memories from 2011 which I consider to be the high point in my life. Those who live in northern Illinois may remember an unusually active July and August in 2011 starting with a high-end derecho event and being followed by numerous severe thunderstorm and flash flood events. One of these events produced continuous anvil-crawler lightning for hours which included an unusually intense positive CG flash that terminated less than a mile from my location and flash-blinded me for over a half hour.

In 2018 I started capturing lightning in 240 frames per second which allows me to slow the video footage down and analyze lightning events in more detail. I post these videos to my YouTube channel named The Lightning Hunter.
 
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Sep 13, 2019
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Indiana
Greetings all! I am a lightning photographer and researcher from the northern Illinois area.

In 2016 I started researching lightning as it brought back good memories from 2011 which I consider to be the high point in my life. Those who live in northern Illinois may remember an unusually active July and August in 2011 starting with a high-end derecho event and being followed by numerous severe thunderstorm and flash flood events. One of these events produced continuous anvil-crawler lightning for hours which included an unusually intense positive CG flash that terminated less than a mile from my location and flash-blinded me for over a half hour.

In 2018 I started capturing lightning in 240 frames per second which allows me to slow the video footage down and analyze lightning events in more detail. I post these videos to my YouTube channel named The Lightning Hunter.
Hi welcome I hope u like here lol
 
Apr 24, 2015
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
Hi. I've been posting here since 2013 or so but never gave an introduction. I'm a lifelong weather enthusiast with a MS degree and some research background in meteorology. I'm currently in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area... not working due to health issues. I have done some minor local chasing by myself but have never had the opportunity to chase on the plains due to not having a chase partner. I'm personally the most interested in general storm photography. Witnessing a tornado some day would be cool, but I don't really consider seeing a tornado to be the main "goal" of chasing. Hanging back and taking timelapse of storm structure is more my style. I would prefer to go with someone with a more laid-back style. Also someone who is from West Michigan that I could meet with would be awesome. Just looking for someone to maybe plan something next spring, or beyond. Everything's up in the air for me. There doesn't seem to be a special meetup thread here or anywhere else on the internet for that matter. Just one of those things I'd like to knock off my bucket list before I get old and gray. Any help appreciated. Just putting out a feeler early.
 

Jack R. Jester

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Feb 19, 2018
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Dunlap Illinois
Hello, my name is Jack, and I am a high school weather nerd/amature chaser. I am a senior, and am also a car guy as well as an enthusiast of analog television technology (NBTV).

I have done Some Chasing within the midwest, but this year I plan to go on a full fledged 10 day chasing trip this may after I graduate.
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I plan to take either my '95 Chevy Suburban C1500 (350 v8, TH700R4) with 330k on it, or my '74 GMC C1500 (250 i6, 3spd Manual) with 440k on it.
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Though the Suburban runs well, has A/C, an Overdrive, and a lot of power, I am leaning towards my beloved GMC due to the fact that it actually gets reasonable gas mileage (inline 6's are like that). Also I don't really have faith in my Suburbans 330k original automatic transmission.
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On the other hand, the GMC may or may not have 100,000 more miles on it than the Suburban, a non overdrive manual transmission, and a completely worn out 250 I6.
The thing is, that I have the parts in order rectify most of these problems:
-I recently bought saginaw 3 speed overdrive transmission which is a direct replacement for mine.
-I have a new cylinder head and camshaft for the 250.
-I already daily drive the thing.
-It actually gets Decent gas mileage.
-And it's 8ft bed if perfect for a slide in camper (the savings on hotel rooms would more than pay for it).
I am hopping this thing up already for Hot Rod Power Tour in June of 2020, so I have a bit more faith in it.
 
Sep 13, 2019
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Indiana
Hello, my name is Jack, and I am a high school weather nerd/amature chaser. I am a senior, and am also a car guy as well as an enthusiast of analog television technology (NBTV).

I have done Some Chasing within the midwest, but this year I plan to go on a full fledged 10 day chasing trip this may after I graduate.
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I plan to take either my '95 Chevy Suburban C1500 (350 v8, TH700R4) with 330k on it, or my '74 GMC C1500 (250 i6, 3spd Manual) with 440k on it.
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Though the Suburban runs well, has A/C, an Overdrive, and a lot of power, I am leaning towards my beloved GMC due to the fact that it actually gets reasonable gas mileage (inline 6's are like that). Also I don't really have faith in my Suburbans 330k original automatic transmission.
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On the other hand, the GMC may or may not have 100,000 more miles on it than the Suburban, a non overdrive manual transmission, and a completely worn out 250 I6.
The thing is, that I have the parts in order rectify most of these problems:
-I recently bought saginaw 3 speed overdrive transmission which is a direct replacement for mine.
-I have a new cylinder head and camshaft for the 250.
-I already daily drive the thing.
-It actually gets Decent gas mileage.
-And it's 8ft bed if perfect for a slide in camper (the savings on hotel rooms would more than pay for it).
I am hopping this thing up already for Hot Rod Power Tour in June of 2020, so I have a bit more faith in it.
Welcome to the storm website I hope u like it here I’m a high school too lol