Bio: I’m originally from Crossville, TN which is located halfway between Nashville and Knoxville. I moved to Murfreesboro in late 2008 after I finished trade school. I currently work in advertising for a jewelry store located in Murfreesboro. Close friends call me “Sasquatch” or “Squatch” due to my resemblance of a sasquatch.
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How did you realize your love for weather?
When I was 7 years old I would spend each morning before school watching The Weather Channel and AM Weather with my great-grandparents. Most of my science fair projects in school involved weather in some form or fashion.
When did you decide you wanted to storm chase?
When I was a teenager I watched The Weather Channel show The Chase. After seeing the tornadoes and stories from other chasers from that show it sparked an interest in chasing that got stronger as I got older.
How long have you been actively chasing?
2015 will mark my 5th year in storm chasing.
Do you chase for a reason?
Yeah, because it’s a fun hobby. An expensive hobby but I still love doing it.
Do you see passion as a good or bad thing?
I don’t see anything wrong with having the motivation to chase as much as anyone can.
Do you prefer to chase alone or with a group?
If I have to I will chase alone, but I prefer to have at least one other person to ride along with me as a way of having extra eyes and for the camaraderie while on the road.
Have you ever considered going on a storm chase tour?
No way, too rich for my blood plus I don’t feel comfortable at all being cramped up in a van with 7 or 8 people.
How do you feel about the current state of storm chasing?
It is what it is.
Which era of chasing would you prefer to exist? Old-school or new-school?
I’ve had a taste of both; honestly I like the old school era of watching the sky and having to locate the dryline via mesonet reports on NOAA Weather Radio.
How far are you willing to travel for a good set up?
As far west as Eastern Colorado and as far north as the Canadian Prairies.
What are your favorite areas to chase? Least favorite?
My favorite area is Kansas. I’m 3 for 3 on chases in Kansas plus I love the fact the area is flat with excellent road networks. My least favorite area is probably the Red River Valley area because that area reminds me so much of chasing in Dixie Alley.
What is you favorite type of set up to chase? Least favorite?
My favorite set up has to be the dryline. I want the trophy shot and IMO the best chance to get the trophy shot is on a dryline set up. My least favorite is a QLCS. Nothing photogenic about embedded supercells within a squall line with brief tornadoes spinning up that you can’t see. You could get a good shot of a shelf cloud if you’re ahead of the line, but I haven’t had luck with that because most of the QLCS events I’ve been through have been at night.
What is your most memorable chase? Least memorable?
My most memorable chase has to be April 14, 2012. Not for the storms and tornadoes I saw but for the turkey incident in which Ben Holcomb hit a turkey outside of Greensburg, KS. Least memorable would be April 27, 2011. So much drama took place after that chase I rarely even talk about that day.
Have you ever feared for your life?
Not yet, and I’m hoping that trend continues.
Have you ever been to ChaserCon?
Yes, I went in 2012. I’m hoping to go again when it moves to Norman in 2016.
Are you more likely to hang out with other chasers while waiting for initiation, or sit alone on a country road watching the sky?
Depends on the size of the convergence. If it’s a large group of chasers in one spot I prefer to go a few miles to an unoccupied spot in the field.
What is your favorite storm chase and why?
May 18, 2013 the Rozel, KS event. I filmed my first photogenic tornado from start to finish. I got to see that tornado and the Sanford tornado with a few of my close friends in chasing.What date burns in you (think bust) and why?
It doesn’t burn at me but it was still disappointing in missing out on the Moore tornado on May 20, 2013. We were eating lunch in Norman about an hour before the tornado touched down. We targeted the southern storm that would produce the Bray/Marlow tornado. We missed seeing that tornado.
Do you consider the day a success even if you don’t witness a tornado?
If I’m able to get good video or photo of a photogenic supercell, gustnadoes, or blowing dust created by outflow winds I do consider the day a success.
What do you fear most about a storm?
After getting nailed by golf ball size hail twice I would not want to be anywhere close to hail larger than golf ball.
What type of storm do you prefer to chase? (Ugly HP/sculpted LP/classic/squall line)
A cyclic supercell that produces multiple tornadoes.