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Sam Deinst

Location: League City, TX
Started Chasing: 2005
Tornadoes: 80
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Bio: I started chasing in 2005 while living in central TX. Moved to Norman and attended OU from 2006-2010 where I received a bachelors in Meteorology. I moved back down to southeast Texas where I currently live and work.

Favorite Storm Chasing Photos

Chaser Q&A

How did you realize your love for weather?

As a kid. Just always loved all kinds of weather.

When did you decide you wanted to storm chase?

2004 – after watching all that went on that year

How long have you been actively chasing?

since 2005

Do you chase for a reason?

Because I love to.

Do you see passion as a good or bad thing?


Do you prefer to chase alone or with a group?

Depends on the group

Have you ever considered going on a storm chase tour?

I’ve been once, missed a good tornado because we were late picking people up.

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

It’s crowded out there but I don’t really mind

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

Old-school because of crowds

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

No limit. Hope to chase in Canada this year and overseas within the next few years.

What are your favorite areas to chase? Least favorite?

Favorite – TX panhandle, western KS

Least – Arkansas

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

Days with few tornadoes, makes bagging one that much more enjoyable.

What is your most memorable chase? Least memorable?

Most memorable is probably Pilger twin tornadoes (maybe because its the most recent). Other would be March 28, 2007 TX panhandle.

Have you ever feared for your life?

Yes, May 23, 2008 Cedar Bluff, KS.

Are you afraid to make dangerous maneuvers while chasing?

No, as long as I feel good about the situation and the driver.

Do you have any superstitions?

Not really

Are you currently doing anything job related to the weather?


Have you ever been to ChaserCon?

Yes, once.

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

Probably on county road unless I encounter some old college friends.

What is your favorite storm chase and why?

March 28, 2007 is still one of the most picturesque tornadoes I’ve ever seen.

But I’d probably go with Pilger ,NE June 2014 just because the rarity of the event.

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

Easy, June 9, 2005 Hill City Kansas. I didn’t really know much about chasing and ended up on a supernal near Dodge City that day only to find out what madness was happening north of me.

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

I think I do

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

College, trial and error from chasing

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


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

Usually, but depends on road network and situation

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


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

Let em do what they want.

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

Love Mike Hollingshead and Brett Roberts photography

Would you considering getting your children into storm chasing?

Maybe, probably only late summer slow moving storms though.

What do you fear most about a storm?

Probably being struck by lightning.

What type of storm do you prefer to chase?

Classic supercell

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

Sure, if i feel like its not close to producing a tornado

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


Do you have a job that supports storm chasing?


Do you have a family that supports storm chasing?

Kind of.

How long do you plan on chasing?

Until I pass

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