Location: Bella Vista, AR
Started Chasing: 2013
Bio: Plenty of miles traveled for warm, empty blue skies, many more traveled to watch the sky darken and clouds churn. Started chasing in 2012, first alone in 2013. Affiliated with Live Storms Media, KNWA/FOX24 in Northwest Arkansas.
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Favorite Chase Video
How did you realize your love for weather?
Even at a young age, I was always interested with the weather and how things worked. I carried a heavy curiosity for understanding why things happened the way they did, and more so in the field of meteorology. After my first base in April of 2012, I knew stormchasing was a passion I wanted to heavily follow. In 2013 I begin to gather equipment such as cameras and computer programs. I researched high and low to learn as much as I could, and still do that today. Though I do not plan on pursuing an education in the field, I do plan to actively chase for as long as I can.
When did you decide you wanted to storm chase?
The desire to chase storms came after seeing and enduring many intense storms while living here in Bella Vista, Arkansas. Whether the hail, high winds, intense lightning or even just heavy rain, I loved being as involved as possible. After my first chase in 2012, I began to put forth more attention and time into the passion.
How long have you been actively chasing (in years)?
Do you chase for a reason?:
I chase to witness what the Earth can create
Do you prefer to chase alone or with a group?
I prefer chasing alone unless on larger-scale events
Have you ever considered going on a storm chase tour?
How do you feel about the current state of storm chasing?
Storm chasing and the associated following has up and downs, as most all communities of idea-sharing individuals will tend to have. This diversity in opinions and topics allows for immense learning possibilities, but also has negative impact if and when individuals seek others out for ill reason.
Which era of chasing would you prefer to exist? Old-school or new-school?
How far are you willing to travel for a good set up (in miles)?
What are your favorite areas to chase? Least favorite?
Favorite: Central and eastern Kansas; Nebraska and NE panhandle; Wyoming into Dakotas
Least favorite: Southeast (terrain); Southern Missouri, central and northeastern Arkansas, Ohio Valley
What is you favorite type of set up to chase? Least favorite?
Favorite: Late May triple-point warm front across the central plains; upper 70-lower 80t, 70-74td with a strong southeast breeze and a bright sun
Least favorite: Early season crashing cold fronts that are only chased due to lack of storms through winter; 65-70t, 58-60td, 120+ upper level jet with southwest surface wind and veering wind profiles, cloudy and hazy all day
What is your most memorable chase? Least memorable?
Most memorable: Severy, KS 05.10.2014 – Slight risk day with negligible tornado risk at best. Chose east-central Kansas as storms began in early afternoon, with some exhibiting upper level rotation. Multiple stacked plates supercells with vivid color and frequent wall clouds and consequent occlusions. Tornado as sunset with beautiful pinks and oranges up and down the condensation funnel. Wizard of Oz reminiscent scene.
Least memorable: Many places, USA – many months/many days/many years – blue sky busts, undercutting cold air with snow afterward, etc
Have you ever feared for your life?
Because of nature? No. Because of personal mistakes on chases, yes.
Are you afraid to make dangerous maneuvers while chasing? (I.E – core punching/hook slicing/living in the bears cage)
No, as I have hooked sliced a fee intense storms and you begin to get a feel for what is safe and what isn’t. Crossing the line is only okay for me at the beginning or end of a storm’s life, or when the storm is weak or cycling. The time to core punch is not when the gate-to-gate shear is 140 knots and threatens a wedge on the ground.
Do you have any superstitions?
Warm RFD means a fun storm
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?
I am contributing in buying gas to chase the weather.
Have you ever been to ChaserCon?
Are you more likely to hang out with other chasers while waiting for initiation, or sit alone on a country road watching the sky?
Sit alone on a country road watching the sky, windows down, feeling the strong gusts of wind that race the plains
What is your favorite storm chase and why?
April 13, 2012 – the first day I saw what the rotation of a funnel looked like; the day that initiated the intense craving and curiosity behind why these things occur and how to learn enough to find my way to the right spot.
How did you learn what you know about forecasting and meteorology?
Good friends, local chasers, awesome affiliates. Books and internet, videos, hands-on learning with all things weather.
How you do you feel about the media in regards to the weather and chasing?
The media can coalesce with weather and chasing as long as it is not to instill fear in anyone. Media is a tool that reaches many, and should be used wisely. I enjoy sharing film and photography with media.
Who are the most influential people to you out in the field?
Those who enjoy the weather quietly, without need to be on a phone the entire time, and can take in the pleasure that there is to offer in a storm or tornado. Those who are not entirely consumed with phones, cameras, etc and appreciate
the experience in all its beauty.
What do you fear most about a storm?
I fear heavy rain and reduced visibility in a high precipitation storm more than anything in a storm.
Do you have a job that supports storm chasing? Yes
Do you have a family that supports storm chasing?
How long do you plan on chasing?
As long as I feasibly can