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Marcelo Albuquerque

Location: Brighton, CO
Started Chasing: 2002
Tornadoes: 5
Web site:

Bio: I’m A USAF Vet, and lover of all things nature & photography. My hobbies include storm chasing, all types of photography, fishing, and rock hounding.

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Favorite Chase Video

Chaser Q&A

How did you realize your love for weather?

Just always have.

When did you decide you wanted to storm chase?

In 1997 after my first Landspout

How long have you been actively chasing?

Since 2002

Do you chase for a reason?

For public safety and for photos

Do you see passion as a good or bad thing?

It’s a GREAT thing

Do you prefer to chase alone or with a group?


Have you ever considered going on a storm chase tour?


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?


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

No farther East than Kansas, no further South than Texas

What are your favorite areas to chase? Least favorite?

Eastern CO & Western KS/ Any metro area

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

Backyard or Denver cyclone / An SPC “See Text” day

What is your most memorable chase? Least memorable?

6/4/2014 Limon, CO / I don’t remember

Have you ever feared for your life?

Only once 

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

Generally Speaking no

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?

Probably not (depends)

Are you currently doing anything job related to the weather?

Not yet

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?

Hanging out is fun.

What is your favorite storm chase and why?

6/4/2014 Limon, CO / What’s not to love about two giant meso’s back to back!

What date burns in you (think bust) and why?

I usually brain dump busts

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

Not always

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

Davies Forecasting Class 2014 ChaserCon

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

Yes, if I get good shots

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


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


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

Emergency Vehicles should always be 1st priority (minus cop cars)

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

They serve their purpose but too often hype mundane or negative things

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

Tim Samaras

Would you considering getting your children into storm chasing?


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

With concern & interest

What do you fear most about a storm?

Lightning & blinding conditions

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

Sculpted LP

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


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


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

No not really

Do you have a job that supports storm chasing?

It supports my storm chasing

Do you have a family that supports storm chasing?


How long do you plan on chasing?

Till I can’t drive anymore!!

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