What Storm Chasing Means To Me

What Storm Chasing Means To Me To me, storm chasing means experiencing the thrill and excitement of heading out into the unknown. From the fields of Michigan (my home state) to the open plains and everywhere in between. The forecasting, tracking, and positioning is as exciting, as it is stressful. But if you play your cards right, and nature is on your side, the rewards are truly amazing. It’s more than just what you do. It’s how you do it, how you feel. Emotionally, physically, and mentally. My goal is to experience mother nature at her best, or worst in many cases, and share my experiences with the world. No storm is the same. You could intercept 50 storms in a row, and every single one of them would be different in some way. That is part of the magic. It’s never boring, because there is always something new to see. Storms even have their own distinct scents. The smell of rain cooled air, the smell of wet dust. It’s … Read More…

West Michigan Snowstorm 2/17/14

GREENVILLE, MI – An area of low pressure developed in the plains, gathered strength, and tracked through Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, through lower Michigan, and on into the Eastern Great Lakes region. A large swath of snow left behind accumulations generally ranging from 4-7” across lower Michigan. Locally higher amounts were found in Central Lower Michigan. There was a convective element within the storm system which worked to enhance the snowfall across the area. Below is an animation of the national radar loop (click image to enlarge) you will see a darker green band through lower Michigan, which was one of the main convective bands. Illinois had thundersnow, but that instability just never quite made it to Michigan. The right image of is GRLevel3 which shows the echo tops in the left panel, and base reflectivity in the right panel. You can see the convectively enhanced snow band well. Higher cloud tops and higher dbz returns. Season Snowfall Stats: Holland 134.5″ | Muskegon 120.7″ | Grand Rapids 101.1″ | Kalamazoo 96.1″ … Read More…

Remembering Andy Gabrielson

Today we remember one of the best storm chasers to ever live. Andy Gabrielson. On February 4, 2012, we lost Andy to a drunk driver who was traveling the wrong way on the highway. This drunk driver hit Andy’s SUV, killing him in the accident. Andy is best remembered for his uncanny ability to always seem to “be there” for what seemed to be every tornado. There could only be one tornado in the whole chase day, and he would find it. Finding tornadoes was Andy’s business, and his storm chasing company name Find The Tornado fit extremely well. We will never forget Andy. His talent and abilities out in the field were something special. From those who knew him personally, they say he was a funny guy, a caring and loving family man, and always hungry for more tornadoes. He is an inspiration to us all. I actually have his storm chasing DVDs. I watched them just last week. Some amazing, amazing stuff. Andy was one of a kind. … Read More…

Stormy Pleasures Partners With Live Storms Media!

Hello everyone! I have an exciting announcement. Stormy Pleasures has partnered with Live Storms Media! As you may know, I have always done everything myself. From forecasting to chasing, to shooting footage, and more, including brokering. Most notably, I brokered my footage out to 60 Minutes in 2013. A big accomplishment for me. But as time has gone on, I didn’t feel as though I could handle the brokering aspect of it any longer. I knew of a few different brokering companies with decent track records. But I never really had a gut feeling about them. So I’ve sort of shopped around for a couple of years. Sent out a couple of emails to try and connect with others in the brokering world. But never really got anywhere. Over the past few months however, I had been noticing what was happening over at Live Storms Media. Seeing lots of good facebook posts about how people had made sales and such. It appeared to be a fast growing company, and I … Read More…