*New Users. Meet and Greet Area*

K Nugent

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Nov 11, 2020
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Ormond Beach, FL
Hello from Florida.

I've enjoyed storm spotting & chasing at a more casual pace since 2006. Recently, I've turned it into a fun spring & summer hobby! I spot for SKYWARN in NE Florida (kJAX/kMLB). The tools I use are RadarOmega, SpotterNetwork, Chaser Location, mPING & MyRadar. While I'm not a meteorologist, in another life where I didn't own a business, I'm positive I would be!

Something on my bucket list is chasing with the pros in the plains and getting up close and personal with an f3+ (not many of those here in FL)
 

J Sims

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Feb 16, 2021
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Jacksonville, Florida
Hello, I am Joshua Sims and I am rejoining the site after a few years away. I'm actually one of the first people to introduce myself on this very thread, I'm like the 6th post on this thread, I no longer have access to the email attached to that account so I had to make a new one. I have relocated to Florida due to joining the Navy almost two years ago.
 
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Jessica B.

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Mar 1, 2021
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Corbin, KY
Hello, I'm Jessica and I happen to be a 25-year-old college graduate who loves literature. I can talk about any era of literature, ranging from Shakespeare to Flannery O'Connor - plus some contemporary authors past my area of expertise. I also am a weather enthusiast who got into weather events since I was a child with Hurricane Katrina, and more so since the March 2, 2012 tornado outbreak. That day was when an EF-2 tornado hit East Bernstadt, about 30 minutes north of where I currently reside. However, what really got me into the community was after the Nashville and Cookeville tornadoes. EAS scenarios fascinate me, but I also have a sense of determining what is fiction versus reality. In my spare time, I talk with other weather enthusiasts on Discord, browse interesting articles on the internet, and read books.
 

Cody Allen

Enthusiast
Mar 17, 2021
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Georgia
Hello, my name is Cody. I'm from Georgia, more specifically northwest Georgia. I've been interested in weather since I was a kid. It's always just been a hobby, but now I really want to dive deeper and learn more about, well, everything really. I found this forum while googling something I read in a convective outlook forecast, and I'm really glad I found it. Seems like I can learn a ton of awesome things here!
 
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C A Carle

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Mar 17, 2021
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Iowa
Hey all! My name is Chris, and I'm out of the Cedar Rapids, IA area. I've always been interested in weather since the floods of 1993, but have only really been looking into learning more over the last few years. I did my first spotter training just a couple of months before the derecho hit Cedar Rapids last year, and going through that storm really amped up my desire to learn more to help people not be caught in situations like that. I'm looking forward to learning from all the valuable information here and can't wait to get to know everyone.
 

lexiericherson

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Mar 25, 2021
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Metropolis
I'm Lexie from Metropolis, IL! I work in insurance and though I do hate dealing with claims, I have always loved weather, specifically severe weather. I am so excited as I have just finished training to be a spotter. I would love to chase storms for a living and eventually plan to be a CAT adjuster. Very excited to be a part of this group and learn!
 

D Smith2

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Mar 25, 2021
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Farmington, NH
Hi I'm Daryl, out of Farmington NH.
I've been a weather enthusiast since I was a little kid, standing outside with my dad watching thunderstorms roll in. I've been a skywarn spotter for a couple of years, and am interested in gaining a better understanding of the hows and whys of severe weather.
Thanks!
 
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Phoenix BNH

Enthusiast
Apr 5, 2021
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New Hampshire
My name is Phoenix, and I'm a trans storm chaser from Northwood, NH. I've been interested in meteorology for almost ten years now after I found Storm Chasers on Netflix. I've been filming the weather since 2014 and 2021 is my first full season of driving and chasing since I got my license. I'm always wanting to learn more about the science behind the weather and I'm planning on studying meteorology in college.
 

Dutch Jolien

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Hi ya'll, my name is Jolien and I'm from the Netherlands, Europe. I've been chasing in Europe since 2014, and its my biggest passion. Every year we are trying to get bigger storms and we chase more and moie in The Netherlands, Belgium, France and Germany. Even when I'm on holiday, I watch the weather. My husband is a good one, because he even proposed me while chasing a storm on our holiday in Greece :D

So we'd planned to go to tornado alley in 2020, but as we all know that didn't work out. For this year its the same, but I'm also gratuating so this year we'll might be going to Italy for an Europe chase :p

But then 2022 will be our year. Together with my chasefriends we will come to tornado alley for at least 1 month. And I'm allready looking forwart to it :D And I'm preparing, by watching all kinds of informative video's from Skip Talbot and Pecos Hank. If you have more informative video's, pls let me know :D
 
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Greg Rutland

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Apr 11, 2021
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Florence, AL
Hi! I'm Greg and I'm from the Muscle Shoals area of NW Alabama. I've been a weather enthusiast since April of 1977 when an F5 roared across NW Birmingham. That was only a few miles from my childhood home and ever since then my eyes have been on the skies. Recently began "chasing" beyond my local area. Stretching my legs into the Mississippi Delta looking to photograph storm structure and lightning in the flat lands more so than wrangling tornadoes on the tree lined roads of Dixie Alley.

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Dutch Jolien

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Hi! I'm Greg and I'm from the Muscle Shoals area of NW Alabama. I've been a weather enthusiast since April of 1977 when an F5 roared across NW Birmingham. That was only a few miles from my childhood home and ever since then my eyes have been on the skies. Recently began "chasing" beyond my local area. Stretching my legs into the Mississippi Delta looking to photograph storm structure and lightning in the flat lands more so than wrangling tornadoes on the tree lined roads of Dixie Alley.

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Nice picture Greg!!
 

Taylor French

Enthusiast
Apr 22, 2020
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Chicago
Hi, my name is Taylor and I am from the western suburbs of Chicago. I have had a lifelong interest in weather and especially thunderstorms, but only started actively chasing last year. Despite the low tornado count, I still had a great time being on the road. I am one that is not out just to see tornadoes, but enjoy structure that makes for great landscape photography. After a year and thousands of miles later, my first successful [tornado] chase took place Friday near Vernon, TX, and it was really spectacular. To hone in on a target area, I am admittedly fairly reliant on the SPC forecasts, and the information in threads here is also very helpful. I'm still trying to wrap my head around forecasting, and understanding how to interpret models, but will work to improve this in the future. Once initiation has occurred and there is a clear target, I find the on the ground practical aspects of chasing a storm (anticipating storm motion, keeping track of road networks and escape routes, etc) comes quite naturally.
 
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Christina Candido

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Apr 27, 2021
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New York
Hello from Long Island, New York!
I'm your local Genshin Impact player whose favorite song is Disintegration by The Cure, and I also happen to have a near lifetime passionate interest in tornadoes.

I'm 24 years old my curiosity in tornadoes began when I was very young, no older than six years old when my parents purchased a box set of National Geographic videotapes (which happened to be released the year I was born), each one on a different subject: volcanoes, asteroids, and tornadoes — and I obviously took greater interest in one over the others. The tape was titled 'Cyclone!', the cover of which was a picture of a tornado along with a strike of lightning.

The first ever tornado that I was exposed to via the program was the Andover, Kansas tornado, the events of that day narrated by Peter Coyote, and the rest is history; I've watched the tape so many times I can recite it line by line.

Being from New York I've never had the opportunity to chase — I have seen one that was incredibly brief and not on the record, I've experienced many amazing thunderstorms, as well as not so fun tropical storms & hurricanes — but despite that, tornadoes have been my fixation since I first saw the videotape all those years ago. I've kept up with each chase season and then some through my favorite chasers, researched and studied many tornadoes past, and have just generally indulged in all things meteorological in my spare time; career wise, I plan to become a mortician.

And, rather fittingly, I stumbled upon this forum while looking up more information and conversation about the Andover tornado, as well as the Bridge-Creek Moore tornado of 1999.

I hope to learn much more during my time in this forum, and to simply broaden my scope in a more interactive way than I have been. Thank you for having me! 💛
 

Bradford Knight

Enthusiast
May 18, 2021
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Elk City, OK
Hello... BK here - I'm in western Oklahoma. I've lived in north Texas and western Oklahoma most of my life, so I'm pretty familiar with severe weather - my first real tornado was the one that hit Wichita Falls in April of 79'. That and I'd call myself a semi pro photographer. Meaning I'm an enthusiast that takes a few paying jobs from time to time... So it seems like a natural marriage, kinda. I'm really interested in learning more on tracking and predicting these storms to get done interesting pictures.

Here are a few from my trip through Texas yesterday (near Knox City)

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Ethan W.

Enthusiast
Nov 3, 2020
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Clear Spring, Maryland
Hello, my name is Ethan W. and I am from the Hagerstown, Maryland area. I've been a weather enthusiast since I was young, and I will be studying Meteorology at Valparaiso University starting in August 2021.

Being from the Mid-Atlantic region, my chase opportunities are limited compared to those from the deep south or plains, but I have gone chasing locally several times, including a 10% tornado risk day on September 3, 2020, and Tropical Storm Isaias in New Jersey. I'm an admin on a Discord server called Twist of F8, which currently has around 1.2k members, and is owned by Live Streamer/Youtuber N8 Snyder.

I actually saw my first tornado quite recently, in the eastern part of Frederick County, Maryland on May 3, 2021. This event was quite unexpected, and a total of 4 tornadoes were produced by one storm, 3 of which occurred in MD. I intercepted the first of the three in MD, near Libertytown in Frederick County. This tornado was confirmed by the NWS and rated EF-1 with max winds of 90 mph, destroying around 150 trees on its 0.8 mile/200 yard wide path. I have several images of this tornado, although they are quite grainy and were taken by my 14 y/o sister while I was trying to drive lol. Personally, I'd call this my biggest chasing accomplishment so far
 

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Hi @Ethan W. and welcome to Stormtrack! I live in Bucks County PA, which is a few hours from Hagerstown MD but relatively speaking, in the geographic scale of chasing, we are practically neighbors. Heck, anybody anywhere on the east coast is practically a neighbor! I am actually familiar with Hagerstown, as I used to work for a company that had a factory there, used to go there quite frequently (are the crab cakes still awesome at Nick’s Airport Inn?)