John Huntington

Location: Brooklyn, NY
Started Chasing: 1985
Tornadoes: 1
Web site: http://www.johnhuntington.photography/
Blog: http://controlgeek.net/blog/?-category=Weather

Bio: I grew up in rural Maryland and always loved thunderstorms. I always loved severe weather and photography, and chased my first hurricane (Gloria) in 1985. I drifted away from photography over the years but in 2008 I got back into it started chasing in the plains.

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Favorite Chase Video

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Chaser Q&A

How did you realize your love for weather?

Always loved it.

When did you decide you wanted to storm chase?

Twister, of course

How long have you been actively chasing?

Seven years seriously, 25+ less seriously

Do you chase for a reason?

The experience and for photos

Do you see passion as a good or bad thing?

Good thing, but good decision making should guide chaser’s actions.

Do you prefer to chase alone or with a group?

I’d like to find a chase partner but end up chasing mostly alone.

Have you ever considered going on a storm chase tour?

I did a two day trip with Roger Hill when I first started.

How do you feel about the current state of storm chasing?

It’s fine.

Which era of chasing would you prefer to exist? Old-school or new-school?

I stay away from the crowds so I don’t really have a problem. I like the technology so I’m definitely a new-school chaser.

How far are you willing to travel for a good set up?

As far as needed.

What are your favorite areas to chase? Least favorite?

Kansas favorite, OKC least favorite.

What is you favorite type of set up to chase? Least favorite?

Whatever produces 🙂

What is your most memorable chase? Least memorable?

Rozel, KS I flew out from NYC for that one.

Have you ever feared for your life?

Yes

Are you afraid to make dangerous maneuvers while chasing? (I.E core punching/hook slicing/living in the bears cage)

Yes, mostly because I don’t want to destroy my vehicle.

Do you have any superstitions?

No.

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?

No

Are you currently doing anything job related to the weather?

No

Have you ever been to ChaserCon?

Twice

Are you more likely to hang out with other chasers while waiting for initiation, or sit alone on a country road watching the sky?

Both

What is your favorite storm chase and why?

Rozel, it’s my one (confirmed) tornado. I’ve seen a few other spin ups but nothing like that.

What date burns in you [think bust”> and why?

Can’t remember the date but in 2012 I sat under a cap bust in Nebraska all day.

Do you always know why you made the wrong or right decisions to chase a particular day?

Mostly

How did you learn what you know about forecasting and meteorology?

Took an online college meteorology class from Penn State.

Do you consider the day a success even if you don’t witness a tornado?

Absolutely–I’m happy if I see a supercell or a good lightning show

Do you feel short changed if you see a tornado from a greater distance to you than you prefer?

No

How do you feel about the post “Storm Chaser” generation?

It is what it is… I think the “fad” part will die down.

Do you feel like the scientific community should get the same respect as emergency vehicles around storms?

Yes

How you do you feel about the media in regards to the weather and chasing?

I think they overhype everything

Who are the most influential people to you out in the field?

Roger Hill, Tim Samaras, Howie Blustein, Josh Wurman, Karen Cosiba, etc

Would you considering getting your children into storm chasing?

Don’t have kids, but I would.

If you didn’t know anything about storm chasing, how would you react if your child said they wanted to be a chaser?

Can’t really answer

What do you fear most about a storm?

Lightning/hail

What type of storm do you prefer to chase? (Ugly HP/sculpted LP/classic/squall line)

Classic, of course. But I love shelf clouds too…

Do you stop your progress toward a storm for a great photography opportunity?

yes

How do you feel about law enforcement immediately around a tornadic supercell?

If they understand the weather they usually are fine.

Should storm chasers feel more entitled to be around storms than law enforcement or locals?

NO

Do you have a job that supports storm chasing?

No

Do you have a family that supports storm chasing?

No

How long do you plan on chasing?

As long as I can.

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