Storm Spotting Trips


Maps of my storm spotting trips. Full sized storm scenes are stored in my "Storms" photo album. Also included are Severe Thunderstorm Event Archive entries in cases of severe thunderstorm activity or otherwise if available Mesoscale Discussion entries issued by the Storm Prediction Center that capture attributes:

October 20, 2019—Thunderstorm Activity (OK); July 29, 2019—Thunderstorm Activity (OK); May 28, 2019—Thunderstorm Activity (OK); May 20, 2019—Thunderstorm Activity (OK); Apr 17, 2019—Thunderstorm Activity (OK); Mar 23, 2019—Thunderstorm Activity (OK); Jan 3, 2019—Ice Storm and Snow Storm (OK); August 14, 2018—Thunderstorm Activity (OK); February 21, 2018—Ice Storm and Thunderstorm Activity (OK); October 21, 2017—Thunderstorm Activity (OK); Aug 28, 2016—Thunderstorm Activity (MN/ND); Aug 27, 2016—Thunderstorm Activity (MN/ND); Feb 7, 2016—Blizzard (MN); Aug 12, 2015—Thunderstorm Activity (MN), July 12, 2015—Thunderstorm Activity (ND); Jun 27, 2015—Thunderstorm Activity (ND); May 2, 2015—Thunderstorm Activity (ND); Jul 5, 2014—Thunderstorm Activity (MN); Jun 21, 2014—Thunderstorm Activity (MN/ND); and March 31, 2014—Blizzard (ND).

Explore meteorological resources (e.g. weather data, weather software, spotting guides) that I use for storm spotting here.

About Storm Spotting

My storm spotting trips involve capturing disturbed states of Earth's atmosphere using a camera, positioning those measurements in space and time and then sharing those measurements with others[1]. I tend to spot thunderstorm activity, blizzards, ice storms and snow storms most. I am a degreed meteorologist and am adequately equipped to spot storms for the National Weather Service. Unlike many "storm chasers" who I am familiar with, I seldom go out of my way by more than 50 miles or so to spot. Such small trips usually prevent me from capturing the most severe of storms in a region on any given day. Nevertheless, storm spotting for me has been very rewarding because every time I go storm spotting I learn something new!

1. AMS Glossary of Meteorology, s.v. "Storm," accessed May 20, 2018,; "NWS SKYWARN Storm Spotter Program", accessed October 26, 2019.