Location: Harrison, New York
Started Chasing: 1976
Bio: Professional severe weather hunter. Hunting regions include all of proverbial Tornado Alley (spring), Florida Peninsula (summer) and the occassional Arizona monsoon jaunt.
Favorite Storm Chasing Photos
How did you realize your love for weather?
Early addiction to Thunderstorm antics.
When did you decide you wanted to storm chase?
Life long passion since childhood.
How long have you been actively chasing (in years)?
Do you chase for a reason?
Personal Hunting Satisfaction.
Do you prefer to chase alone or with a group?
Both as situations warrant.
Have you ever considered going on a storm chase tour?
How do you feel about the current state of storm chasing?
Surprisingly over evolved, with numerous inexperienced wannaB’s crowding the road network resulting in potentially dangerous driving conditions under severe situations.
How far are you willing to travel for a good set up (in miles)?
What are your favorite areas to chase? Least favorite?
Favorite: Florida, Tornado Alley
Least Favorite: Mountainous regions ex: Pennsylvania, West Virginia, interior New York.
What is you favorite type of set up to chase? Least favorite?
No one particular set up is notably my favorite, however, any HIGH RISK is preferable.
My least fav type set up would be any Florida scene where the SAL ( Saharan Dust Layer) controls the region.
What is your most memorable chase? Least memorable?
Most Memorable: Lamar, Colorado May 29, 2001.
Least Memorable: Bennington, Kansas May 28, 2013.
Have you ever feared for your life?
Not as of yet!
Are you afraid to make dangerous maneuvers while chasing? (I.E – core punching/hook slicing/living in the bears cage)
What makes me nervous are the hordes of wannaB’s jamming up the road network during extreme conditions and situations.
All of the mentioned above headlined maneuvers can be handled with caution as each individual situation enfolds.
Do you have any superstitions?
Would you sacrifice a salaried job with full benefits, but only 2 weeks out of the year to chase for a paycheck to paycheck life with unlimited chasing?
Are you currently doing anything job related to the weather?
Other than personal hunting….No.
Have you ever been to ChaserCon?
Not yet, do to season and family issues.
Are you more likely to hang out with other chasers while waiting for initiation, or sit alone on a country road watching the sky?
Do not favor one over the other. Meetings are usually accomplished beneath “THE WALL CLOUD”.
What is your favorite storm chase and why?
Lamar, Colorado May 29, 2001. First TRUE “picnic” hunt where 9 pulls were scored in a two hour period within only a two mile distance.
How did you learn what you know about forecasting and meteorology?
Academic Science Course @ high school, All else…self taught in THE ALLEY.
How you do you feel about the media in regards to the weather and chasing?
Negative on media. Media seemingly attempts to downgrade the art of Severe Storm Hunting along with well renouned OCM’s making critical mistakes in the realm of professional hunting on National Television creating a RED FLAG against the chasing community!
Who are the most influential people to you out in the field?
Tim Marshall, (The Late) Jim Leonard
What do you fear most about a storm?
Do you have a job that supports storm chasing?
Do you have a family that supports storm chasing?
How long do you plan on chasing?
Until death or becoming an invalid.