Jump to content
IGNORED

Introducing The Netweather 2010 Storm Chasing Teams


Recommended Posts

Posted
  • Location: Leigh On Sea - Essex & Tornado Alley
  • Location: Leigh On Sea - Essex & Tornado Alley

Well it is that time of year again, In just a little over 4 weeks time the Netweather Chase Team and lucky participants head Stateside to Chase down Severe Weather across the Great Plains of the USA. Like last year the following are Chase Biographies from everyone who will be involved in 2010. We will be out in the States for 47 days again from April 26th Until June 9th 2010. So here are some short Biographies on the Members who are making the trip across the Pond this year. Don't forget to watch the Live Streaming this year as well!!

PAUL SHERMAN - TOUR LEADER & DRIVER TOURS 1,2,3 & 4

-------------------

Paul is a 37 year old Company Director from Leigh On Sea in Essex. I am married to Louise and have 3 Children named Chloe, Abbie & Sienna. Work takes me to Central London 6 days a week, but I manage to get staff cover when anything extreme weather wise turns up in the Uk. This will be my 7th year out in the States and the more I go the more my hunger is for Severe weather. Last years Chase was certainly no 2008 but everyone on all the different Tours saw some Severe weather and all saw Supercells. I am hopeful it is a more normal May/June season and the slow start is just a build up to an active period.I am really looking forward to pooling my forecast experience with Nick F (Back in the Uk) and also Tom Lynch who fitted it very well last year. Once again this year we will be Live Streaming for all you armchair chasers and with dual datacards things should run a lot smoother this year. Still lots to do technical side wise for the trip but cannot wait to forge new horizons and see where the road takes us. I say this every year but the Tornado is really the icing on the cake for me, but just seeing these incredible Statues in the Sky does it for me and being able to see Mother Nature at her most incredible Fury gives me my yearly fix. See you all at DFW Airport in April, May and June :clap:

TOM LYNCH - FORECASTER & BARONS OPERATOR TOURS 1 & 2

-----------

Tom Lynch is 57 years old and was born in Manchester. I work as a Repairs Operations Manager for a Housing company in the Lake District. I have had an interest in the weather since I was 8 years. My dad took me for a day up to the lakes and the clouds were draping the mountains. That was a big deal for a young lad from Manchester. My interest became more intense during an 18 month stay in Arkansas, where I had my first brush with a tornadic storm. I took this interest up to the next level in 2000 when I saw my first large tornado in Brady, Nebraska. I have every year since then, only missing the year my daughter got married.. I love the freedom of the plains, the open road and sharing my passion of storms with like minded people. I love the odd bottle of Bud, country music my favourite song being "You are the reason my children are ugly". The weather on the plains this year has already proven to be more interesting than normal and the vibes are that we may well be in for a good storm season.

IAN CAMERON - GPS OPERATIVE TOURS 2, 3 & 4

------------

Hi all my name is Ian cameron and I am 31 years old. I am currently a civil servent in Central London. My main hobbies are traveling the world when I can! Sport all types, cooking, going to the theatre, reading, oh and severe weather.

This will be my 4th year in the plains with Paul and I am on the last three tours, if we can get anything like what we experienced over the last 3 years I will be one very happy man indeed. You know theres nothing better than supping on a cold beer and eating some pizza after a really good chase day watching a lightning show from a squal line into the evening then planning to do it all again the next day so will see you all out there or online. And if anyone wants to take my Big Texan crown the challenge is there :lol:

JOHN HANRAHAN - DRIVER & TECHNICAL WIZARD TOUR 1

------------

John is a 31 year old I.T manager originally from Johnstown in Co. Kilkenny now living in Midleton Co. Cork.

I have been hooked on severe weather, lightning in particular from a very early age. My earliest memory of severe weather was a squall line of thunder storms that hit July of 1985 when I was just 7 years old. Most of the island of Ireland was hit and I have been hooked ever since.

This will be my third year back on the plains with Paul and the team. I really cant wait to get back out to experience the most exciting weather on the planet. This will be an unusual year for me in that I’ll be leaving the country for the first time since the arrival of my beautiful little daughter. I’m gonna miss Caoimhe and mammy Deridre very much and I promise I’ll make it count!

ANDREW PAISLEY (Andy P)- TOUR 1 GUEST

--------------

My name is Andrew Paisley and I’ll be 31 by the time I fly out to DFW. I’m a Civil Servant by day. In my spare time I like to go to the gym, play golf, read books, watch sport, listen to music and support Carlisle United attending games home and away when money allows. At time of writing I’m looking forward to the coming weekend and hopefully see the Cumbrians win at the new Wembley. I’ve also played football in the local Sunday league in the past. During the winter months I play for a pool and darts team, well, I try! I also like a night out round the town or over in Newcastle with my mates. My favourite holiday destination is Ibiza as I’ve been 5 times and my favourite club is Space. So far I’ve not been out of Europe so it’s going to be a whole new experience in more ways than 1.

I have always had a general interest in weather but my interest in storms started when I was about 6 when I nearly got caught out in 1 and is my 1st real memory of a storm. It has always been an ambition to visit Tornado Alley 1 day and witness the Super Cells. To see, the ultimate in a Tornado, would just ‘cap’ it all and to witness and appreciate the true power of Mother Nature first hand.

My best 2 experiences of storms are from the hot summer of 2004.

1) It was August of 04 when I went for a meal, with a lass I was seeing at the time and I remember it being really muggy and humid. Later on when we came out of the cinema around 11pm the storm was well in progress. We went back to hers afterwards and on route in the car, lightning was just dancing across the sky in front of you. The lightening was constant and to date that’s the only time I’ve witnessed lightening like it.

2) I came out of work and had a 5 minute walk to my car. The sky was about 30/70 storm cloud/blue sky. By the time I’d got the car started the heavens opened and visibility was virtually zero as you struggled to see the car in front of you in the traffic. The thing about this storm I remember is how quickly the storm cloud developed or took over the whole skyline in those 5 minutes.

I don’t think these storms will compare to what I’m going to witness in America in a few weeks but we’ll have to see and hope the weather plays ball.

ARRON HISCOX (Smokes) - TOURS 1 & 2 GUEST

--------------

My name is Arron Hiscox, I’m 28 years old and live in Aberystwyth, West Wales. I’m a self employed sports trader, having previously worked in IT.

This will be my second time out in the US with Paul and the team after deciding to go on last years tour just a few days before it was due to start! I had an awesome time chasing everyday last year and have been allowed out this year for two tours.

I’ve been into storms since I can remember and always watched any documentary on tornadoes. I never really understood how Supercells and Tornadoes formed until I went last year. I learnt a lot very quickly! This year I hope to be a bit luckier than last year and get to see one, two tours should hopefully sort that

I’m not very savvy with cameras and the like, but have decided to trade in the point and shoot this year for something a bit better so hopefully I’ll be able to share some decent pictures this year once I get my head around using it Oh yeah, can’t wait for the beer and steaks either!

HARRY HILL (Harry) - TOUR 1 GUEST

--------------

What I hope to see

What I really hope to see is a mothership supercell, with clear defined rotating updraught, with clear striations. I think these supercells are among the most spectacular sights in the world,, and I'd love to capture a load of photographs of them. Would love to see lots of spider lightning/anvil crawlers too. A nice wedge tornado would be nice also

Storm Experiences, UK & Abroad

Well, where do I begin. Have seen some fantastic storm events, both here and abroad. Among those which stick in my mind, were a severe MCS which hit in Aug 1998 (at home in Kent). I was a full on bronotophobe as a youngster, but this storm petrified me so much, it actually sewed the seeds of my obsession. This storm was so big, so immensely loud, the strobe lightning was so blindingly bright and frequent, dead vertical sheet rainfall so loud on the roof, that I will never forget it. It was so scary it actually cured my bronotophobia - irony for you.

I visited Kuala Lumpur the year after, my first and only visit to the tropics. Thunderstorm fans paradise - you go nowhere, they come to you..DAILY, sometimes several a day! One which stuck out most notably was a storm which appeared out of the blue - due to KL's proximity to the equator, it is often hazy, so the sky was bright murk all day. Out of nowhere it started raining and thundering. Two lightning bolts land yards away from me in front of the balcony where my brother and I were watching - the thunder was like a bomb going off next to your ear drum, preceded by a loud sizzling!!

Another storm which sticks in my mind was back in 2002 (I think) - down in Dymchurch which also has its fair share of thunderstorms - always loved it down there growing up as everytime I was there in the summer, we seemed to get a storm. One severe storm in particular dropped a thick, rope funnel (about 3/4s the way to the ground) with rapid rotation - clear white rope against a grey/green backdrop. It moved, literally, immediately overhead, looking up into the vortex - the effect on the ground was quite staggering - bent over trees, doors blowing open....!!

Best storm in recent years was in the States - went to Minnesota in July 05 to referee in a football tournament. On one day, exceptionally grey and humid day, what appeared to be a cast iron (though unconfirmed) derecho hit, within minutes. From a bluey-black horizon, came this severe storm within MINUTES! It moved in so quick, we had no time to make it to shelter (no exaggeration). Immense green skies, frequent lightning, 80mph+ (confirmed!) horizontal winds, and fortunately for us, golf to baseball size hail 1/2 mile down the road. Fortunately the for the few thousand of us caught outside, not over us! And for anyone who thinks all the yanks running for cover and screaming in films is some kind of director's hyperbole, think again!

All in all, some great storm experiences though am hoping Tour 1 2010 will offer a heap load more

Occupation

Currently working and studying towards becoming a chartered Quantity Surveyor

Hobbies

Exc all matters weather related, I love socialising! Enjoy golf and racquet sports. Am a qualified football referee which I used to do every weekend, though currently on a sabbatical. Also studying German as I love languages.

Likes

Storms, Clubbing & Socialsing, Stephen Fry, Sandi Toksvig, Rob McElwee, Smirnoff Green Apple Vodka (yummmm!!!)

Dislikes

ITN News readers, Icy roads and pavements, most insects (esp moths, crane flies and wasps!!! ) and thieving, money grabbing, hypocritical, fibbing, conning and patronising politicians.

MICHAEL RIDDLE (Mikel Nimbus) - TOUR 1 GUEST

--------------

Hi all, I am a 21 year old (will add another year to the tally while chasing) student studying Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire. In my free time you will often see me on the terraces of several lower league football clubs following my second love, Barnet FC. As the football is often dire, I spend a lot of time gazing at the sky watching cloud formations manifest and roll on by. I remember one wintry shower during a match causing much excitement. For a start it was snowing but it then produced such a freak gust it tore part of the roof off one of the stands, forcing the one man and his dog to relocate elsewhere. Never a dull moment eh?

This will be my second year storm chasing in the US but only my first with the NetWeather team. I am delighted to be going with these guys as I believe their experience is second to none. I am looking forward to building on my knowledge of storms and extreme weather as well as having a great time with my fellow chasers.

TREVOR MITCHELL (icbinb) - TOUR 1 GUEST

--------------

My real name is Trevor Mitchell, which is a little bit less interesting! I am 27 years old and currently work in a boring warehouse, however I will be going to university in September to do a foundation science degree, hopefully leading to Meteorology.

I have lived in Norfolk since I was one, and I currently live in Norwich. My main interests are football, speedway and the weather of course! My work colleagues find it amusing when I constantly look out of the window when storms or snow is forecast.

This will be my first tour and my first visit to the USA. In 2008 I discovered the netweather storm chase and was green with envy. This year is the first where I have the time and finances. I still remember the day last August where I discovered a place available on the first tour. I did a quick budget and asked my mate whether I was completely nuts! He told me to go for it and here I am.

I have a limited knowledge of thunderstorms and supercells, but where better to learn than with the netweather team? Not long to go now.......

DANNY WATSON - TOUR 2 GUEST

--------------

Hi, I am Danny 28 years old from Wigan. I live at home with parents I have a sister called Lisa. I am currently working at a Tesco distribution company. I have an NVQ Level 3 in IT from Wigan Leigh College. My hobbies are watching sport especially football, Ruby League and Golf. Also playing golf, computers, cycling and going to the Gym. I have been interested in weather for years especially thunder storms and tornadoes.

This is the second trip for me going to America storm chasing with Netweather . I enjoyed it so much last year, I have to go again. The Netweather team are very experienced, made some good friends. The storms in spring in Tornado Alley are amazing, as long has they stay out over the plains and out of populated areas. The technology we used to track storms (Baron System) is very accurate. It enables you to chase storms and stay safe. I don't think there is anything better. Over the last year I have been learning more about weather and weather charts and I hope I understand more this year. I saw some amazing storms last year. I know the storms last year weren't great, for US standards but anything like that or better will be great this year.

Looking forward to Storm Chase 2010!!

DAVID VICARY - TOUR 2 GUEST

--------------

Hi guys n girls, I’m Dave, I am 23 and currently living in London. To make ends meet I am working as a Catastrophe Risk Analyst, which consists of working out the potential financial losses to property and business from various natural hazards mainly in the US, Caribbean and Canada.

I have always had an odd fascination with extreme weather and natural disasters; I think most of the blame can be attributed to watching the Discovery Channel as a kid. I try to travel when I can and have managed to find myself in some unusual places with just my backpack for company. I am getting more involved in photography and am hoping to get some great shots on the trip with the help of the other guys.

Anytime a storm kicks off I will head out to try and get a good view I have seen some pretty good storms in the UK, France and Africa. The most awesome storm experience I have had so far was taking off through a large storm in Nigeria sitting in the cockpit of a very old cargo plane. I ‘chased’ my first storm near Newcastle on the 31/08/05 and it was great fun, and a great storm with some very close CG strikes while I was perched on top of a hill.

I am trying not to get too excited about the chase as I know how unpredictable the weather can be on the plains, 2008 anyone? I will be more than happy with a couple of large well formed, photogenic super cells, an out break while I am there would do nicely, and to witness a tornado of any kind would be unreal.

JO FULCHER (ClippyJo) - TOUR 2 GUEST

--------------

Hey All,

I guess the first question really is - why am I going Storm Chasing? Well, I blame my parents....

Here's to my mother, who put on the Wizard of Oz one fateful day so she could get a bit of peace and quiet. If only she'd known I'd make her watch it nearly everyday after for a good few years...

To my father who, whenever there was a good thunderstorm, would sit with me in our porch and listen for thunder, counting elephants and waiting for the lighting.

And to my 30th birthday - the reason I am coming along this year - the best gift I could possibly get myself.

I haven't had any amazing weather experiences, other than when I saw a funnel cloud outside pitsea station last year. I do like to go and sit on the golf course in a good storm though and watch the clouds roll by.

My most embarrassing storm moment was missing last years Benfleet tornado as I was in bed, on the phone with a friend, discussing what to wear to my birthday party that night! Rubbish, Rubbish, Rubbish - I'm so ashamed.

My biggest achievement is getting my sister Anne-Marie and niece almost as obsessed with the weather as I am!

Listening to a 6 year old argue at me why she should be allowed to storm chasing with me was hilarious.

So what do I hope to see on my holiday? Obviously a good ol' thunder storm or two would be good, some baseball size hail and maybe a tornado if I'm lucky. The thing which would absolutely make my holiday would be to see a big UFO supercell formation, oh, and the opportunity to buy a proper pair of cowboy boots! LOL

And what do you need to know about me? I'm 5.4, brunette, work in TV, love a good steak and make great cakes!

MARK PRITCHARD (MCT) - TOUR 2 GUEST

--------------

I'm Mark Pritchard, 22, from Stanley, County Durham. I work in sales admin for a food production company.

I have always had an interest in severe or interesting weather from a very young age, and ever since I knew it was possible to chase tornadoes and storms in the States I knew it was something I had to do one day.

Last year that day came and I was on the third tour of the 2009 Netweather Storm Chase. Despite being an awful season by normal standards it was still an amazing experience and we witnessed storms greater than I would ever see over NE England! I honestly saw more flashes of lightning in those 10 days than I have seen in the rest of my life put together.

It was also great to see so much of the States last year, I was surprised how much I liked the place and didn't think I would come away saying I want to move there one day.

I am also into photography, which goes well with weather so I'm hoping for plenty of lightning and structure shots. If this season is better than last year, hopefully we'll have some funnels and tornadoes too.

PAT CARTER (dogs32) - TOURS 2 & 3 GUEST

--------------

Hi everyone it's dogs32(Pat Carter)

I decided to go on StormChase again this year after a fantastic year StormChase last year.

After getting back from last year's chase I was hooked! Saw the most incredible Storm's of my life. I am very lucky to be going this year as I had some personal problem's back here.

I have been watching Storm's since 1970. Every year I would listen to the radio for crackle's caused by lightning. And waiting to listen to Radio 4 weather forecast for any Spanish plume from the South. Over the year's I have collected a library of Video's of the Storm Chaser''s in the State's. And to actually go last year was a dream come true.

I heard of storie's from Paul and Nick how wicked the lightning was but never truly believed it could be that good. The lightning I saw out there was breath taking more than I ever imagined possible. Truly breathe taking experince!!

And how to see the inflow wind's being sucked into a Supercell or a Supercell gusting out.

Incredible!! I have seen and collected ThunderStorm anvil's on film through out my life.

I would go abroad four time's ayear from Spain,France,Greece and Turkey

filming violent Storm's

But to see a Anvil go further into a Space ship Supercell in the USA was spectacular.

So if I get any Storm's abroad this year it will be a bonus. Untill the main event USA!!! The best Photogenic cloud's I have ever seen and recommend this trip to anyone who as a passion for Storm's. So this is my second StormChase this year and I realy am looking forward to it. Learn't so much on the first tour last year ,so this year can only expand my knowledge further. So for me personally Storm Chasing is the best it get's as far as extreme weather is concerned.

Last year I took 65gig's of film and picture's of the entire trip.

Of which I have hundred's of lightning and Supercell shot's .

On closing all I can say is word's or Youtube or video can not realy portray

what it realy is like out there...

Best StormChase experience of my entire life and hope to go on many more.

PETER HULBERT (gpspete) - TOUR 2 GUEST

--------------

Hi my name is Pete and I am 55 years old. My interests are anything weather related have my own weather website www.bicesterweather.co.uk

dabble in photography and interested in dragracing see http://www.californiahotrods.co.uk/

support London Wasps rugby union team

hobbies Surfing, Snowboarding, xcountry skiing and bassfishing, weather watching

also likes travel have visited 16 countries

first storm experiance see the Barton Headinton Oxford Tornado 16th October 1966 was out on the traditional family sunday afternoon drive just driving into Barton past Oxford Cremitorium when we saw a large cloud on the ground (not nowing what we were looking at) with lots debri and tree branches swirling around in it some of it landing on road around us the car was shaking as my Dad had stopped because the wind was so violent as it past we drove into Barton where we saw the devistation several prefab houses completly destoyed 1 or 2 down to there footings plenty of roofs missing up the hill ,

one prefab the roof had lifted the curtains had come out and had gone back down in its correct position there were lots of people walking about in shock the prefab residants,

the emergency services hadnt arrived as we had missed witnessing the destruction by about 1 or 2 minutes at the most I now realise that the tornado must have passed within a couple of hundred foot of our car this tornado used to have its own website and details on torro both seam to have dissapeared i know torro have redone there website perhaps both will return oneday.

next tornado was in the late seventies canot remember date was actualy a large water spout I see of the coast of Dorset near Lulworth Cove I was on a seafishing trip out of Weymouth I was the first to recognise it on the boat it was sometime before the coastguard put out an alert on channel 16 it passed a couple of miles to our east where we see it go ashore and continue inland as a tornado on the Lulworth Firing Range never heard any more about it in news etc.

also in the seventies was working in a building at the Warnford Hospital also in Headington Oxford when I heard a roaring noise I at first thought it sounded like a harrow being dragged along the road by the hospital tractor looked out of window to see a lot of debri flying around whent outside and see a tornado had just destroyed a polly tunnel and a green house there were severel people working in both when it hit them how nobody was badly injured beggars belief as there was pains of glass from green house everywhere some embeded several inches in ground scattered around the people who were working in them this made the local news paper and the local tv

next see a water spout heading straight for our hotel in Pathos Cyprus in July 2005 stood my ground an took some photos now unable to find them lost on some old pc im afraid, this dissapated right in front of Hotel as it came ashore,

I have seen a few funnel clouds in recent years admit some may have been scuds but i am convinced some have been funnels as i always keep a weather eye when tornados lightly

I spent every opertunity last summer trying to get a daytime lightning photo with my Lightning Trigger it set of my camera several times but camera was always looking in wrong position hope to fix this on stormchase

pet hates the press always describe tornados in uk as a mini tornado whats mini about them either its a tornado or its not how can it be mini to cause damage they must be just as large as most smaller us ones

they also like to describe large waves as freak waves or rip currents as freak currents no they both happen all the time and are quite natural i have seen and been in both several times

they even describe the Severn Bore as a freak wave no this happens several times a year I have watched it and ridden on it it several times

see youtube

http://www.youtube.com/user/gpsranger

CRAIG HOUGH (craig1uk) - TOUR 3 GUEST

--------------

Craig is a 32 year old BMW Technician from Milton Keynes. I have always highly enjoyed storms, especially thunder and lightning, and am very excited to see what the alley can throw our way this season.

This is the first time I have ever done anything like this, or indeed been over to the states and to be honest I was quite aprehensive about it until I met up with everyone at the bbq in the summer, and now I can't wait to meet up with them all again, storms or no storms I'm sure it will be a good trip.

I have no real knowledge of meteorology so I have placed myself in the hands of the experts and hope to learn whats going on as we go.

Aside from loving the odd storm, I'm single, so I get to watch a lot of footy, NFL, golf ect, and I do quite a bit of running and play golf whenever I can. I love music but can't play any, and I hope to be visiting the states again later in the year to see an NFL game in San Francisco.

So thats me, hope everyone has a great season, whether watching online or chasing in the states, have fun.

CLARE HUDSON - TOUR 3 GUEST

--------------

AWAITING INFO

IAN MICHAELWAITE - DRIVER TOUR 3

--------------

Ian is 42 years old, married to the long suffering Sue and Dad to Jess, Lewis and Zak. I am a company director, most recently of Netweather but previously in the IT industry, selling network equipment.

Growing up has come slowly and I'm still an adrenaline junkie, with road and dirt motorbikes, permanent bruising from keeping up with the kids on mountain bikes and teaching them new ways to crash. This winter we introduced extreme sledging to the repertoire, I didn't clear the stream jump...

Storms have always excited me, from being 8 yrs old sitting on my aunts verandah and feeling the hair rise on my head before the house was struck by lightning, to watching and photographing a huge storm build for 10 hours and deliver spectacularly in Johannesburg.

I'm also a semi pro photographer covering equestrian and sports events, so combining extreme weather and photography will be a nice challenge this year. It's my first trip with the team and I'm starting to get twitchy now, getting up close and personal with the sort of storms they have chased in the past will be another tick in the box for the bucket list. I'll see you all out there on Tour 3, I have a feeling it's going to be the pick of the bunch.

QUENTIN HORDLE (dorsetbred) - TOUR 3 GUEST

--------------

Hi I am a business analyst in a financial services company in Bournemouth, and I am a Dorset lad through and through.

My first real interest in extreme storms was inspired by the storms I'd watch every afternoon during a South African Highveld summer some 34 years ago. My closest shave was when the lightning struck the lamp post just 10 yards away from the house, it was so incredible. The sheer power was amazing, and yet I was so close I could enjoy it safely, you could feel the power of the thunder.

I'd sit and watch the storms as they rolled eastwards away from Johannesburg, and spent many hours just

enjoying the some of the best summer storms in Africa.

One of my hobbies is photography, for me this is a trip of a lifetime, given a tornado is the ultimate for some people, for me I want some good photographic shots of supercells, and of course a tornado shot without

Tornadovideos.net or the TIV in the scene would be the icing on the cake.

I do look forward to meeting like minded souls who make the trip an absolute "Trip of a lifetime" even though everybody I know reckon I'm crazy for doing this, but by the some token many have said they would love to do this trip. Hard luck this one is for us.

MAXINE HORDLE - TOUR 3 GUEST

--------------

Hi I am a part shop worker and part-time granny looking after our grandson. Like my husband I loved watching the Highveld storms, they were amazing, so much rain such a short time which once the sun returned everything dried so quickly, it was over so quick. The storms really were my first interest in the weather.

I did enjoy the sight of snow in Johannesburg for the first time is almost 20years, another very rare event for the South African highveld.

I love lightning it is so amazing to watch, there's something about the power and beauty of a lightning storm that is so different. A storm last year that was to the south of us, was just great to watch as it ran along the channel, the lightning was incredible.

My hubbies interest has made me interested in weather, and in storms in particular. I watch Storm Chasers

and go "OMG, that'll be me this year!" I am wary of what might happen, but also realise it's the chance of a

lifetime, and I am really looking forward to it even though all my friends go "Your doing what, are you

mad". I want to come back in one piece, after seeing the TIV, and maybe Reed, so maybe the answer is yes!

Am I scared, yes I am, but I am also looking forward to a great trip and meeting other people with same interests.

STEWART (Audmun) - TOUR 3 GUEST

--------------

Hi, I'm Stewart. Age 32 and I'm a Manager in a Warehouse. 3rd time I've been out with this bunch of damn fools and seriously looking forward to it! :-) Looking forward to getting out of the slushy and overcast weather which is all Northampton seems to get and getting back to savouring proper storms and proper steaks.

With no real weather knowledge other than what I pick up each year I go out there with Paul, et al. Very much one who hibernates all year except for storm season, storms or no storms, this IS gonna be fun!!

ASHLEY NELLIS (devonnelly) - TOUR 4 GUEST

--------------

My Names Ashley im 20 and i'm from Paignton in Devon. I've always dreamt of going on a storm chase since i was a kid as i've always had an obession with them especailly after watching the movie Twister. So im really looking forward to travelling across the plains and witnessing some of the most serious storms in the states andhopefully witnessing my first proper twister.

CLARE HODGSON (Clara Loft) - TOUR 4 GUEST

--------------

Hi, I'm 26 and work outside in the rain when Ian is getting hot cups of tea inside the nice and warm!! My husband Rich has been talking about storm chasing ever since I've known him so when Ian mentioned this, we leapt at the opportunity! The videos of previous tours look great and really hope we get something similar, maybe even a super cell storm or an F5 tornado!

We saw some great lightning displays over Florida two years ago so am looking forward to filming some good sights. I've loved watching the storm chasers documentary and if I can meet Reed, Rich will have some worrying to do!

Looking forward to meeting everyone on tour 4.

p.s. Ian, my hubby asked if 72 ounce steak was the biggest they do? he reckons that steak was tiny and even though you have a few weeks practice, he'll get that trophy from ya!

RICHARD MOTT - TOUR 4 GUEST

--------------

Hello.. I'm in my early thirties and live in Thundersley, Essex with my wife Clare who's also a guest on tour 4.. I work in the pest monitoring & control business for London's biggest employer at a famous building right in the middle of town.. I work a fair bit and only seem to have time left over to be a mad gooner and to travel.. I've just got back from chasing dust storms and volcano's in Iceland and have previously enjoyed travelling across western America and am looking forward to the Great Plains..

I think my interest in violent storms started on that night in 1987 when I was kept awake by the toilet water sploshing against the side of the pan.. and of course the wind outside!! I like the extreme and had always said that I'd like to have a crack at storm chasing and to stand in the eye of an incoming hurricane should the opportunity ever arise!! The misses always said that there was no way we were going to go anywhere near a violent storm so I was somewhat surprised and pleased as punch when she met Ian Cameron and came home all excited at the prospect of going on a chase.. We booked up a day later!!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Replies 32
  • Created
  • Last Reply
Posted
  • Location: Mansfield, Notts 123m ASL
  • Location: Mansfield, Notts 123m ASL

You lucky lucky lucky buggers!

One day I will join you...one day!

Good luck for you all, hope you catch the best that Mother Nature has to offer and you return safe, satisfied and full of memories (and photo's/vids)

All the best biggrin.gif

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Posted
  • Location: Cheltenham,Glos
  • Weather Preferences: Thunderstorms :D
  • Location: Cheltenham,Glos

Have a great time all :lol: Looking forward to watching the live streaming. I'm sure I'll get my fair share of storms in the UK whilst you're all chasing in the states lol :):D:clap:

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Posted
  • Location: Leigh On Sea - Essex & Tornado Alley
  • Location: Leigh On Sea - Essex & Tornado Alley

Updated to Include Clare and Rich's Bio's for Tour 4

If anyone else wants to wish the lucky so and so's on the Chases then don't be shy. We had 5 pages of good lucks in 2007 :whistling:

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Posted
  • Location: Milton Keynes
  • Location: Milton Keynes

I'm on it Paul biggrin.gif I hope everyone has an excellent time out there, and if anyone is in the DFW area on the 18th May and fancies grabbing a beer in the evening give me a shout !!!drinks.gif

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Posted
  • Location: Crayford Kent :) 30m AMSL
  • Weather Preferences: Snow and Storms
  • Location: Crayford Kent :) 30m AMSL

good luck everyone I wish I was joining you! :shok:

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Posted
  • Location: Liphook
  • Location: Liphook

Gosh can't believe its that time of the year again. By the way Paul would it be possible to put up people's forum names if they are on the forum, since it'll make it a little easier to know who's who so to speak.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Posted
  • Location: Leigh On Sea - Essex & Tornado Alley
  • Location: Leigh On Sea - Essex & Tornado Alley

Added in Dave Vicary's Chase Bio and Updated Forum User names for you Darren :)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Posted
  • Location: SE London
  • Location: SE London

Hello Stormcahsers :) just want to wish you all the best of luck in your chasing and hope everyone stays safe out there. i shall, as ever, be able to keep up with you all when i am working my night shifts. so will have any updates and info to hand to post if needed. once again, good luck with the tour and happy hunting!

Mick :)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Posted
  • Location: Cumbria UK
  • Weather Preferences: Cloud 9
  • Location: Cumbria UK

Hi all

Well three weeks tomorrow I will be heading off on the first leg of my trip. I am stopping over near Heathrow for the night and will be flying out on Sunday 25th to Dallas. I will be out there a day earlier than the rest of the team. I am a man on a mission because i will be taking out a bag full of magic storm dust, which I will sprinkle out of the plane as we are landing. Oh boy I hope its good stuff. Things are starting to pick up out on the plains. So I might not need too much of my dust to make things happen.

Tom

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Posted
  • Location: gosport
  • Location: gosport

Hi Tom

my name is Paul we met last year and 2008 out on plains but epically at the big texan last year i was with cloud 9 tours and will be again this year

anyway good luck and have a good trip and spread pleanty of that magic dust about but i have a feeling this year we may not need it .

paul

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Posted
  • Location: Cumbria UK
  • Weather Preferences: Cloud 9
  • Location: Cumbria UK

Hi Tom

my name is Paul we met last year and 2008 out on plains but epically at the big texan last year i was with cloud 9 tours and will be again this year

anyway good luck and have a good trip and spread pleanty of that magic dust about but i have a feeling this year we may not need it .

paul

Hi Paul

nice to chat with you again , I agree about not needing the storm dust. It is always nice to meet you all out on the plains. We are always bumping into cloud 9 it is a small world.

See you under a meso in Kansas

Tom

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Posted
  • Location: (home) Teesdale 283m asl (work) Hartlepool
  • Location: (home) Teesdale 283m asl (work) Hartlepool

Hi to all of the stormchasers!!

I really hope you have a great time and get to see some amazing storms and tornados whilst you are out there. I am so gutted that I am not going out there this year, but will keep watching the footage from home :)

I can't believe that it is a year since I was getting ready to go out - where has the year gone!!

Have fun and be safe!

Tammy

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Posted
  • Location: Leigh On Sea - Essex & Tornado Alley
  • Location: Leigh On Sea - Essex & Tornado Alley

Updated with Ian Michaelwaite's Profile (He is a driver on Tour 3 and Paul's brother)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Posted
  • Location: Cumbria UK
  • Weather Preferences: Cloud 9
  • Location: Cumbria UK

Hi to all of the stormchasers!!

I really hope you have a great time and get to see some amazing storms and tornados whilst you are out there. I am so gutted that I am not going out there this year, but will keep watching the footage from home :)

I can't believe that it is a year since I was getting ready to go out - where has the year gone!!

Have fun and be safe!

Tammy

Yes Tammy you are right. Where has it gone? I hope you enjoy watching the footage especially as we attempt to keep Paul's daily briefing seriously unserious.

:whistling:

We will be thinking of you

Tom

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 2 weeks later...
Posted
  • Location: Cumbria UK
  • Weather Preferences: Cloud 9
  • Location: Cumbria UK

Good luck guys! Not long to go now before tour 1 :drinks:

Thanks Ross

Now the flights are moving again we can start to look forward to some action and looking at the models things are starting to pick up certainly for tour 1.

Hope you are well .

I have finally after some messing around got some kind of highlight DVD together. I will get one in the post to you sometime. May be not airmail though :rolleyes:

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Posted
  • Location: south London
  • Location: south London

well...IM so pleased for T1 :hi: :hi: ...I cant wait to see the Photo's...

So nice its turned around big time for you lot..

Perfect timing with the flights open so no worries anymore.. :drinks:

Who will get the best lightning shot this Tour???

Whats the name of the first Supercell!!! though you might have 300 to chose from.. :lol:

Mary lou :p

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Posted
  • Location: Cumbria UK
  • Weather Preferences: Cloud 9
  • Location: Cumbria UK

well...IM so pleased for T1 :hi: :hi: ...I cant wait to see the Photo's...

So nice its turned around big time for you lot..

Perfect timing with the flights open so no worries anymore.. :drinks:

Who will get the best lightning shot this Tour???

Whats the name of the first Supercell!!! though you might have 300 to chose from.. :lol:

Mary lou :p

Well Pat

I suggest that we name the first supercell after you, as long as it has ROTATION.

Tom

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Posted
  • Location: Bexley (home), C London (work)
  • Weather Preferences: Thunderstorms
  • Location: Bexley (home), C London (work)

In the name of good old fashioned British irony, I was thinking naming the supercells after volcanoes could be an idea :drinks:

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Posted
  • Location: Cumbria UK
  • Weather Preferences: Cloud 9
  • Location: Cumbria UK

Pat , can't wait to meet up with you on the plains, until then. Take this thought to Spain with you.

Rotation

A rotation is a movement of an object in a circular motion. A two-dimensional object rotates around a center (or point) of rotation. A three-dimensional object rotates around a line called an axis. If the axis of rotation is within the body, the body is said to rotate upon itself, or spin—which implies relative speed and perhaps free-movement with angular momentum. A circular motion about an external point, e.g. the Earth about the Sun, is called an orbit or more properly an orbital revolution.

Northern Monkey

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Posted
  • Location: East Renfrewshire 180m asl
  • Location: East Renfrewshire 180m asl

Thanks Ross

Now the flights are moving again we can start to look forward to some action and looking at the models things are starting to pick up certainly for tour 1.

Hope you are well .

I have finally after some messing around got some kind of highlight DVD together. I will get one in the post to you sometime. May be not airmail though :cc_confused:

Thanks Tom. Looking forward to it :lol:

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

×
×
  • Create New...