Tuesday, March 26, 2013


I had the honor of being on WeatherBrains last night with James Spann, Bill Murray, Brain Peters, and Kevin Selle...  This was the second time I have been on the show, as I did a phone interview after chasing Hurricane Ike on Galveston Island back in 2008.  I always have a great time on the show, and it was really fun to use google plus hangout this time.  Definitely a show I highly recommend watching each and every week!  Hope you enjoy!

WeatherBrains 374:  A Radar Cake Kapooya?


Here is my updated storm chase "list" of my more memorable chases as of 4/26/13:

As the late great Dale Earnhardt would say:

If I died driving to the store one day, then yes that would be a tragedy, and I would understand the remorse...

HOWEVER, If I died storm chasing, doing what I love, then that's not a tragedy. I would not want any grief or sadness directed my way, because I promise I would die happy with a smile on my face. It's what I live for!

I have been in 14 hurricanes: 

Lili - Abbeville, LA
Isabel - Oriental, NC
Charley - Port Charlotte, FL
Frances - Fort Pierce, FL
Ivan - Spanish Fort, AL
Cindy - Pass Christian, MS
Dennis - Pensacola, FL
Katrina - Gulfport, MS
Rita - Orange, TX
Gustav - New Iberia, LA
Ike - Galveston Island, TX
Igor - Bermuda
Irene - Kitty Hawk, NC
Isaac - Key West, FL/New Orleans, LA

+ TS Arlene (Mobile, AL) & TS Beryl (Jacksonville, FL)

I've also been fortunate enough to capture many tornadoes, including a few near/over a 1/2 mile wide. Some of the more famous tornadoes include: 

Attica, KS - May 12th, 2004
Albany, MO - May 22nd, 2004
Argonia, KS - May 29th, 2004
Conway Springs, KS - May 29th, 2004
Cromwell, OK - May 10th, 2010
De Kalb, MS - April 15th, 2011
Scooba, MS - April 15th, 2011
Butler, AL - April 15th, 2011
Macon, MS - April 27th, 2011
Guin, AL - April 27th, 2011
Cooperton, OK - April 13th, 2012
Cherokee, OK - April 14th, 2012
Wichita, KS - April 14th, 2012

Washington D.C. (Northern VA) Blizzards/Snowstorms:

- Lived through the Superstorm of 1993
Lowest pressure: 28.53" - Arlington, VA

-Lived through the 1996 Nor'easter
24" of snow - Fairfax County, VA

-Chased 2003 Presidents Day Storm II
18" of snow/sleet - Fairfax County, VA

-Chased 2010 Nor'easter - Feb. 5-6th
27/28" of snow - Fairfax County, VA

-Chased 2010 Blizzard - Feb. 10th
12/13" of snow - Fairfax County, VA

~ 40" of snow in 5 days... Amazing!

Monday, March 18, 2013

1925 Tri-State Tornado

Today is the 88th anniversary of the infamous Tri-State Tornado.  Here is a post I wrote on the 86th anniversary...

Today is the 86th year anniversary of the famous Tri-State Tornado! A F-5 tornado flying at speeds up to 73 mph, with a continuouss path length of 219 miles! It was the deadliest US tornado, killing 695 people... Here is a great link about the event from the NWS in Paducah, KY. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

"Storm of the Century"

20 years ago tonight my love for weather turned into a full out passion! There was no doubt in my mind I would become a meteorologist after this storm. The pressure dropped to 28.53" (966mb) at my house in Arlington, VA... #SuperstormOf1993 #StormOfTheCentury

Here are some amazing satellite loops from NOAA/CIMISS:

NOAA:  http://www.nnvl.noaa.gov/MediaDetail2.php?MediaID=1305&MediaTypeID=3&ResourceID=104740

CIMSS:  http://cimss.ssec.wisc.edu/goes/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/930313_met3_ir_storm_of_the_century_anim.gif

Also, I'll leave a link to my posts on the 19th/18th anniversaries...