Storm Chasing Frequenty Asked Questions FAQs

I get asked the same questions quite regularly. Enough where I thought it was appropriate to put them on a web page.

Q: Are you crazy?
A: Probably somewhat. Anyone who drives 1000s of miles in search of water vapor may be a little bit crazy.

Q: Do you do ride alongs?
A: I always get asked this question and the short answer is not really. I have taken people in the past, but they are always expected to chip in their share on costs. The more flexible someone can be, the more likely I will be to allow a ride along. The biggest thing to remember is that I don't see a tornado every time I go storm chasing. Storm chasing is countless hours on the road and doesn't conveniently fall between 3 and 7 pm on a Saturday evening most times.

Q: How do I get into storm chasing?
A: The best way is to just go out and do it. Start off by going to a National Weather Service Skywarn training program and learn the basics about storms. Perhaps take an introductory meteorology course at a local community college. Read online about storm chasing. Learn about storms. Learn how they form. Learn the dangers. Once you have done that, the best teacher is experience. Get out there and chase. You will encounter heartache and busts. It is a part of the hobby. It makes scoring a nice beautiful tornado all that more exhilarating.

Q: Are you a meteorologist?
A: No. I am a self taught weather enthusiast that likes to chase and experience weather. I have no formal training at all.

Q: How long have you been chasing?
A: My first "real" chase was October 18, 2007, but I have been interested in weather and chasing since way before that. I chased plenty of storms locally in Michigan growing up. Oct. 18th was my first out of state chase and my first cross country chase was to Arkansas on February 5, 2008.

Q: What was your first tornado?
A: Earle, AR on May 2, 2008. It was rated EF-3.

Q: What do you do for a day job?
A: I work in Information Technology (IT) for the University of Oklahoma School of Meteorology and specialize in Linux servers, web hosting and web services.

Q: Will you do a radio/TV interview or can I license your footage/photos for use on TV?
A: Visit the Media Information page for more information on how to get ahold of me and licensing costs.

Q: Do you just have an understanding wife?
A: I am single and have no responsibilities other than my day job and my cat.

Q: I like your website. How did you make it?
A: This website was made with Drupal 7 and an assortment of modules.