28/11/2013 - Revisited an old picture from 3 years ago, gave it a bit of a touch up now I know a bit more about photoshop, came out well!
28/09/2013 - So that’s it the blog and photos have all been updated from the 2013 chase, below is my favourite picture from this years trip.
14/09/2013 - The first 5 days of the 2013 chase have now been written up, go on head on over to the blog! The map below is a GPS trail of our 10 day trip…we sure did cover some miles this year!
10/07/2013 - Now I have had a couple of weeks to recover from a great chase I will start updating the blog, believe it or not plans are already afoot for next years chase, possibly going for longer, possibly with a film crew in tow. Also I am slowly getting together a team to take on the arctic again, this time with better gear and a better understanding of what we are up against!
26/06/2013 – So that is another chase season done; 12 days, 6,700 miles driven including three new never chased before states, numerous supercells and three tornadoes! I will be editing pictures and video and writing up the blogs over the coming days so check back to see what the team got up to! For now here is a quick picture of the Dix Tornado, Nebraska.
09/06/2013 - Its that time of year again! I will be heading out on another storm chase adventure on Tuesday 11th, flying direct into Denver, CO. This will be the latest I have chased in the season and I am hoping for some High Plains Magic. The season so far this year has been one of extremes with a very slow start in the number of Tornadoes and Severe Storms which came to an abrupt end on May 20th with the Moore EF5 which took the lives of 24 and on May 31st a further 9 lives were lost including those of pioneering Storm Chaser Tim Samaras, his son Paul and Meteorologist Carl Young. I met Tim and Carl a couple of times in the past year and they were nothing but friendly and willing to take time out to speak to us Brit Chasers. Their contribution to our scientific understanding of severe weather and their presence among the community will be missed. Further bad luck goes to one of our guests who himself, partner and son were supposed to be travelling with us. Due to a nasty accident three guests will no longer be chasing with us and will be down to to one car and not the two originally planned.
So what do the next two weeks have in store for me and the rest of the team…..in short I really cant say, the models appear to indicate the evolution of a short wave ridge which is bad news for severe activity, still the weather can be unpredictable and I have not yet been out to the US and not been amazed by the storms out there even during a ridged synoptic pattern. The year to date has only seen 56% of the 2005 – 2011 average (see above) number of Tornadoes, maybe a late season outbreak could help that number recover?
13/02/2013 – A belated happy new year, so plans have been confirmed for this year, I will be trying my luck with the late season storms in the High Plains, flying into Denver on the 11/06/2013 and back to the UK on the 23/06/2013. I have previously navigated and undertaken tech support for the team but this year I will be driving and by the end of the trip I should have all the required skills to be a chaser.
28/12/2012 – Hello, apologies the site has been neglected over the past couple of months! So plans are now underway for the 2013 chase, I should be heading out 08/05/2013 – 19/05/2013 or 30/05/2013 – 10/06/2013. It does not look like there will be an Aurora Hunt this year due to work and academic commitments. I will be filling a couple of missing days in the blog and outlining plans for some potential new trips! Also if you are interested in storm chasing in 2013 please visit www.weatherholidays.com for all the info! Hope you all have a fantastic new year!
30/07/2012 – New Pictures added to the ‘Storm Images’ Gallery under the Storm Chasing tab, currently working on editing 2012′s chase footage, final film should be 10-15mins long, and it is my first shot at some Documentary/Presenting…check back in a couple of weeks for that! I have also managed to get the site redirect working so you only need to type www.twistedskies.net instead of www.twistedskies.net/blog
06/07/2012 – The site is now filling up with content and I am starting to get a good amount of traffic, I have had visitors from the US, UK, Ireland, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Ukraine, India and Bangladesh! Fingers crossed as I continue to add more content, more of you guys will keep looking and of course keep checking back!
01/07/02012 – I have been working at creating some 3D interactive maps for work in Google Earth and using the SPC Data set have created a map of Tornado tracks for the past 11 years, height and color denote EF Rating.
20/06/2012 - New interactive storm chasing map is now up, go to storm chasing > map. Here you will be able to see the location, some brief information and a picture of each Tornado I have seen when you click on the Tornado Icon. I am planning to add other notable events such as lightning, hail, and notable supercells as well!
23/02/2012 - This website is currently a ‘work in progress’ I have the majority of my write ups from various trips including pictures and video clips under the ‘blog’ section, I am slowly updating the gallery images and video pages as well, so keep checking back!
I also have lots of future trips in mind from intercepting a Hurricane to witnessing a Volcanic Eruption! All this while trying to continue with my day job in London could do some serious damage to my annual leave!
For now please check out the, Blog, About, Image Galleries (All pictures available to buy) , in the media sections and keep checking back over the coming weeks as I add more content to the site!
The image below is one I took on the 2012 chase, it’s a lightning composite shot taken in Southern Texas! I had be trying to get one of these for the past couple of years, and it came out better than I could have hoped for! (click on the image for a larger version)