Location: Norfolk, NE
Started Chasing: 2013
Bio: I grew up in Northeast Nebraska. I’m currently 20 years old. I’m very passionate about weather. When I turned 16, and was able to drive; I became a sky warn storm spotter. In January of 2015 I started the chase group Northeast Nebraska Storm Chasers. I’m currently attending Northeast Community College in Norfolk, NE to obtain an Associates of Science in Information Technology. In the future I hope to educate people about weather.
How did you realize your love for weather?
When I started taking photos of weather back in 2010.
When did you decide you wanted to storm chase?
In 2014, when I met another person who was enthusiastic about weather. From there we decided to chase and make our own group Northeast Nebraska Storm Chasers.
How long have you been actively chasing?
I have been actively chasing since 2013, so 2 years so far.
Do you chase for a reason?
I chase to keep people safe from hazardous weather coming their way. Educate people about the weather. To give ground reports to the NWS.
Do you see passion as a good or bad thing?
I see my passion as a great thing. Nothing beats educating people about the weather and reporting the NWS.
Do you prefer to chase alone or with a group?
I prefer to chase with a partner.
Have you ever considered going on a storm chase tour?
Yes, multiple times, but then I saw the cost, and I figured I could chase by myself or with a group. Either way you choose though, it’s still not cheap.
How do you feel about the current state of storm chasing?
I feel with the growth in the storm chasing community, sooner or later, chasers should become certified to chase to keep people that don’t know what they’re doing off the roads. From my standpoint I’m here to chase, warn people, and report to the NWS so that the right actions can be taken to warn the communities.
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?
2-3 states from my current state of Nebraska.
What are your favorite areas to chase? Least favorite?
My favorite areas to chase are Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota
What is your favorite type of set up to chase? Least favorite?
Every setup, I’m not all about seeing a tornado on every chase, but what Mother Nature produces for us to see.
What is your most memorable chase? Least memorable?
June 29, 2014 Blair Nebraska setup. Tracked a storm all the way to west side of Des Moines, Iowa. We made good memories that day.
Have you ever feared for your life?
No, haven’t encountered a dangerous situation yet. Safety is my number one priority.
Are you afraid to make dangerous maneuvers while chasing? (I.E core punching/hook slicing/living in the bears cage)
No, that’s what my drivers for!
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?
If that’s what it ever came down to, YES.
Are you currently doing anything job related to the weather?
Have you ever been to ChaserCon?
No, but plan to attend in future.
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, It depends on the day and setup.
What is your favorite storm chase and why?
June 16, 2014 Pilger, Nebraska Duel Twin Tornadoes. I will probably only see that once in my life time. But who knows what the future holds. I have no least memorable. I love Mother Nature has to offer.
What date burns in you (think bust) and why?
September 9, 2014 Northern Kansas, MD was issue, I stayed with my original target, but all the big stuff ended up over by Omaha, NE and Northern Missouri.
Do you always know why you made the wrong or right decisions to chase a particular day?
How did you learn what you know about forecasting and meteorology?
From Weather Webinars, NWS training, Weather Channel, SPC, and METED.
Do you consider the day a success even if you don’t witness a tornado?
Yes, I love seeing what Mother Nature has to offer.
Do you feel short changed if you see a tornado from a greater distance to you than you prefer?
I love seeing them up close, preferably if the tornados in a pasture.
How do you feel about the post “Storm Chaser” generation?
I wasn’t part of that generation.
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?
It’s great but sometimes they take stuff to the extreme. And get people amped up for no good reason.
Who are the most influential people to you out in the field?
Tim Samaras, Jeff Bulin, Jeffery Gonzales, Jason Hammer, Joel Rams, and Sean Casey
Would you considering getting your children into storm chasing?
If they insist on wanting to storm chase, YES.
If you didn’t know anything about storm chasing, how would you react if your child said they wanted to be a chaser?
I would want to know more about the hobby first, then let him/her chase their dream.
What do you fear most about a storm?
What type of storm do you prefer to chase? (Ugly HP/sculpted LP/classic/squall line)
I prefer either sculpted LP or Classic Supercell storms.
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?
There doing their job, but should cut chasers that know what they’re doing some slack for those that want to report what is currently happening.
Should storm chasers feel more entitled to be around storms than law enforcement or locals?
We should all be entitled the same way.
Do you have a job that supports storm chasing?
Yes and no
Do you have a family that supports storm chasing?
Yes as long as I’m safe and know what I’m doing.
How long do you plan on chasing?
Until I hit retirement age or so.