Having grown up in Texas and spending a great deal of time in the Texas and Oklahoma Great Plains, it's impossible to not have an interest in what mother nature can deal you, any time of the year. It's a huge impact, especially if you live in that southern edge of tornado alley. At an early age, my attention turned to the skies. I've spent my time in the underground store shelter, and it has saved my life. I am a survivor of the 1964 Wichita Falls.
Despite feeling meteorology was in my blood, an airline career took me on a different path, which was what actually took me back to Wichita Falls and April 10 1979, Terrible Tuesday. Despite an hour's warning. 42 people (25 in vehicles) lost their lives that day in that EF4 tornado.
My first "chase" was not really a planned chase. On May 27, 1997 I was driving from Dallas back to my home in San Antonio. I remember how high the dew points were that day. I30 N of Austin was closed to southbound traffic, and I witnessed Jarrel TX being devastated by an EF5 tornado.
I’m approaching retirement now. I’m a Skywarm spotter and a total nerd when it comes to weather and plane spotting. And a licensed FAA Part 107 drone pilot
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