Storm Chasing Chasecation 2016

This entry is overdue, and I am still going through all of the footage from May 23 – May 25, but I will get there, with time. Individual chase logs will be posted at a later date(s)! Well, where do I even start? These were amazing days of chasing the plains. I was out there with my good friend Cort Scholten, who has wanted to chase with me for years, but we never could pull it off before. This year, we made it work, and headed out to the plains in search of severe storms, and tornadoes. The drive was long, and tiring, coming all the way from Michigan, but it was worth it. The first day, we targeted the Texas panhandle region. It was a dryline setup, which meant big, beefy storms that would barely move, and drop lots of rain and hail, perhaps a few tornadoes. Although we missed the tornadoes on this day, we saw some pretty amazing stuff, including some great lightning strikes, heavy rainfall, high … Read More…

Electra, TX Supercell – Lawton, OK Flooding 5/8/15

5/8/15 – This was the first day of a short “chasecation” weekend with my buddy Michael Gavan. We were talking about heading down to the plains a few days prior, noting the chances for severe weather to come for Fri/Sat/Sun. The setup looked promising, so we decided to partner up and head out for some good days of storm chasing. Loaded up his Toyota RAV4 and hit the road. We took turns driving all night/day from Allegan County, Michigan all the way to north Texas. We slept in shifts, and for a brief time, stopped at a Walmart parking lot among some semi truck drivers for a 30 minute or so nap. A long grueling, tiresome drive, but well worth it to see some storm action. The drive was about 16 hours long, not including stops for gas, bathroom breaks, or to stretch. Storms began firing and most of which were really junky, and you couldn’t see much. Some of which also had trouble sustaining themselves. The storms we saw … Read More…

Marfa, TX Storm Chasing Footage on 60 Minutes! (VIDEO)

In case you missed it last night, my storm chasing footage from Marfa, TX was aired on 60 Minutes! I would have gotten the word out, but had been told that the airing was moved to April 21st. Fortunately though, the Marfa story can be found on www.cbsnews.com! I have embedded the video below so you can watch it right here if you’d rather. It’s a very nice story about Marfa, TX. A place I would definitely return to and spend more time in one day. The weather down there certainly is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. It has a certain special feel to it. I have included my full chase video below the 60 Minutes video, and a few photos below that as well! Enjoy! Feel free to share this blog article with your friends!! Below is the full chase video from Marfa, TX. Photos are below the video, enjoy! … Read More…

Storm Chasing 2012 – The Best Chases

Today is December 31st, the last day of 2012. For some it was a good year, for others it was a bad year. For me, it was a mix of both. This year wasn’t friendly to all storm chasers. The nationwide drought situation played a huge role in the lack of storms in the United States. One thing we didn’t have a shortage of, was heat, and dry air. It was extremely difficult if you were a chaser to get footage of tornadoes this year. I mean certainly, many chasers did intercept tornadoes this year, but overall, it was a lackluster year. That’s great for the general public, but sucks for a storm chaser. This year I was able to do a proper US plains tour through tornado alley, thanks to my friend, and chase partner, Michael Phelps of stormscapelive.tv, my sponsor Mike Curtis of Farm Bureau Insurance, and all of my friends and fans who have donated to me over this past year. This tour took us everywhere from … Read More…

“Earth Eater” Supercell – Paducah, TX – 5/30/12

On May 30, 2012 we were in Texas tracking the potential of severe weather. There was a Moderate Risk of severe weather, mainly for Oklahoma, however, we decided to play the southwest corner of the Slight Risk area in northern Texas. (If you want to see video, photos, and screenshots, scroll down) There were 2 distinct supercells. You can see that clearly here in this Radar Loop of the storms. The first big supercell fires, goes tornado warned, and drops a tornado in Paducah, TX, before shoving off to the SE. We passed through the town of Paducah, TX where we came across a grass fire in the distance (most likely caused by lightning) and some tornado damage. Most notably sheet metal that had been peeled away and scattered about. We also passed by a barn that housed classic cars that had taken a hit from the tornado. We were en route to the cell which had a history of large hail, damaging winds, and a tornado, until we noticed … Read More…

Texas Supercell 5/28/12

The image on the left is a composite of video cuts. The lightning was intense in this storm, so I came away with a lot of good shots. We began chasing this storm in it’s early stages when it was just developing a core. Hail had already been reported up to at least quarter size, so we knew it was a healthy storm. Plus it looked rather menacing on radar. It was high based for what seemed like forever. We were hoping it would produce at least a small tornado, but the most tornadic thing we got out of it was a shear funnel right overhead. That wasn’t a downer really though, because this storm was an absolute beast. We core punched it a few times, and each time was more exciting than the last as the storm continued to gain strength. We experienced blowing dust, high wind gusts, heavy rain, large hail and insane lightning. The largest hail we experienced was ping pong ball sized. At times in the … Read More…