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Storm Spotting

More About Storm Spotting

My role as a storm spotter 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, snow storms and wildfires most (as of late, I find hail particularly interesting to spot.)

I am a degreed meteorologist and am adequately equipped to spot storms for the National Weather Service. My role as storm spotter is as much about satisfying my own curiosity as it is about providing a public service in the field to decision makers elsewhere. 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; so, I tend to spot close to home or on longer trips elsewhere away from home. 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! And hopefully the information that I provide others with enables them to make better decisions!

Also, when spotting, I am occasionally accompanied by my wonderful spouse, Bon, As a couple, she often helps me coordinate storm activity. Hence, she plays a vital role in helping me to spot storms; especially when I am focused on driving or capturing scenes.

Cases

Maps of some of my storm spotting activity (including radar imagery and/or video clips in some cases...and maybe some other interesting stuff)[2, 3]. Full sized storm scenes are stored in my "Storms" photo album. Also included are footnotes with links to Severe Thunderstorm Event Archive entries in cases of severe thunderstorm activity or otherwise if available other products issued by the Storm Prediction Center that capture attributes:

May 31, 2022 - Thunderstorm Activity (OK); May 30, 2022 - Thunderstorm Activity (KS/OK); May 4, 2022 - Thunderstorm Activity (OK); Apr 23, 2022 - Thunderstorm Activity (OK); Feb 2, 2022 - Snow Storm (OK); Oct 10, 2021 - Thunderstorm Activity (OK); Apr 28, 2021 - Thunderstorm Activity (OK); Apr 27, 2021 - Thunderstorm Activity (OK/TX); Apr 23, 2021 - Thunderstorm Activity (OK/TX); Apr 9, 2021 - Thunderstorm Activity (OK); Nov 24, 2020 - Thunderstorm Activity (OK); Nov 18, 2020 - Wildfire (OK); Oct 26, 2020 - Ice Storm (OK); July 11, 2020 - Thunderstorm Activity (OK); June 9, 2020 - Dust Storm (OK); May 22, 2020 - Thunderstorm Activity (OK/TX); May 15, 2020 - Thunderstorm Activity (OK); May 8, 2020 - Thunderstorm Activity (OK); May 4, 2020 - Thunderstorm Activity (OK); Apr 28, 2020 - Thunderstorm Activity (OK); Apr 22, 2020 - Thunderstorm Activity (OK); Apr 21, 2020 - Thunderstorm Activity (OK); Apr 20, 2020 - Thunderstorm Activity (OK); Mar 18, 2020 - Thunderstorm Activity (TX); Feb 5, 2020 - Snow Storm (OK); Oct 20, 2019 - Thunderstorm Activity (OK); Jul 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); Aug 14, 2018 - Thunderstorm Activity (OK); Feb 21, 2018 - Ice Storm and Thunderstorm Activity (OK); Oct 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), Jul 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 Mar 31, 2014 - Blizzard (ND).

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Meteorological Resources

  1. AMS Glossary of Meteorology, s.v. "Storm," accessed May 20, 2018, http://glossary.ametsoc.org/wiki/Storm; "NWS SKYWARN Storm Spotter Program", accessed October 26, 2019. https://www.weather.gov/SKYWARN
  2. If you are unable to view my maps on the Google Maps app on your phone, this is likely your issue: "A shared map link is not opening in Google Maps app..."
  3. I have thousands of photos and videos of storms that date back to 2004; a vast majority of which are not posted. If you would like to know more about this archive of sorts, feel free to contact me: here.