Yes - it's the morning - and no, a loss like this will not fade with time. Not from last night to his morning - and not from this year to next year. Especially within a community such as the chasing community - which prides itself on caring for others and the camarederie found while under a cloud of water vapor.

Events like this make a lot of emotions and thoughts seep to the surface. Perhaps we should all tolerate each other a bit more and dispell a lot of our bickering (which is only natural in a large group of people). But more importantly - thoughts of the sheer futility - as well as fragility - of life. I am sure all of us on here upon reading this news thought the same thing - "It easily could have been me". Through all the miles we clock in the wee hours between nightfall and dawn, the extended 12 hours drives to get into position, and the determined driving during some of the worst conditions to get where we need to be - we are all at an increased risk of such accidents. Nobody is invincible - and tragic things befall the most unassuming sometimes.

We should keep those who are close to us even closer these days - and news like this drives that home. Try to find a goodness in each day - don't waste your life doing something you hate or hating something you do. At least as chasers - we can say we are trying to live our dreams.

I never met Jeff. When you first hear news like this - it doesn't seem possible - we go into denial. Someone so true and known to us all is suddenly *not there*. As humans we're not really equipped with the hardware to understand that, at first.

My thoughts are with Jeff - and his family at this time of sadness.

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I would also like to add that Jeff's family have put out a call for help and information about Jeff's activities before the accident. They are trying to find out if anybody saw him or knew where he was before Monday morning's events.

If you chased Dennis or spoke to him recently, or knew his movements over the weekend after his last post to this forum that has been quoted in previous pages here, please contact his uncle, David Wear, at:

[email protected]

Thank you,

I first met Jeff back in February 2003 at the Colorado Storm Chasers Convention. I recall him quietly sitting at a table alone when I introduced myself. We struck up a conversation about humerous chase experiences and swapped videos; one favorite segment of mine being the "bird swarm" of 2002 in which Jeff was accosted by a large swarm of Grackles while videotaping a gust front.

Jeff was a very dedicated and passionate chaser, and certainly will be missed. My most heartfealt condolences go out to the entire Wear family.

I never met Jeff Ware, but the Stormtrack flag is clearly at half-mast in his memory. I appreciate his humor from his Member Page:
Occupation: rather depressing

If I could speak to him now I'd say: "It got you where you wanted to go, Jeff".

Condolences to all of Jeff's friends and family.

Darren Addy
Kearney, NE
I think Karen summed it up very well for me. This is something that ALL of us risk; whether we're the chaser who drives 1000 miles to a target non-stop, or the chaser who drives 2 minutes to get a good view of a storm as it comes into his town, we ALL end up on the roads in the worst of conditions. We've all hydroplaned; we've all risked life and limb to see nature are her best. Unfortunately, a member of our community took the risk, the same risk many of us take time after time, year after year, with a tragic outcome. This fact, along with the fact that he was a fellow Norman-ite, is most saddening. I always got a kick out of reading his "COPUNCH" license plate on his vehicle. My condolences are extended to the entire Wear family, and all of those chasers who know him better than I know of him.
My thoughts are with his family. Echoing some others here, I never had the opportunity to meet him, but I certainly noticed him here on Stormtrack. What a loss.

This is a good reminder of how important a set of good tires is - I don't know that Jeff's tires were in bad shape, but I know that mine are and I need to get them replaced ASAP.

May he rest in peace.
This is extremely sad. I am among those that had never met Jeff, but I too have read his posts and I had nothing but respect for him.(and I loved his avatar!) I will keep his family and friends, including Stormtrack, in my prayers.

This is a good reminder of how important a set of good tires is - I don't know that Jeff's tires were in bad shape, but I know that mine are and I need to get them replaced ASAP.

It is very important that you have good tires on your chase vehicle. I would recommend tires with aquatread.
I spoke with Jeff's uncle about his website, since I have had the pleasure of being able to host it for over a year now. I offered to them to allow it to remain on our server for free for as long as we have a server to host it on, so that Jeff's work could remain online for anyone that wants to review it.

He said they were wondering about what to do with it, since they have always followed Jeff's detailed accounts about his chasing and didn't want to lose that. Awaiting final approval from his parents, Jeff's site will always have a home.
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David, this is a great thing and I think a lot of people will appreciate the chance to enjoy Jeff's fine writing and imagery. Thanks!

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Jeff's site will always have a home.

No need to mention it Amos. I felt like it was the very least I could do. I was just thinking the other day, if something happened to me, what would happen to all my chasing stuff, and I would like for my site to go on, so in this regard , it's a little something I can do for them.

I believe they are going to write something for me to put up on the front page of his website as well.
This is very sad. I never had the opportunity to meet Jeff, however from reading his posts and site, he sounded like a great guy. His family and friends are in my prayers.
With Jeff's uncle's approval, Tim Marshall and I will be sending a letter to his family on behalf of the Stormtrack community.