I have been chasing with CBS 11 since 2005.
My fascination with weather began at an early age. While other kids were reading books about superheroes, I was the only kid reaching for books on tornadoes in the elementary school library. Growing up, Harold Taft was my version of a superhero. I began storm chasing in the Stone Ages, before cell phones and GPS, at the age of 17. I’ve pursued this passion ever since.
My best storm chase was on May 12, 2005, when I left an active storm to move south for a newly forming storm near Lubbock, Texas. All of my storm chase friends questioned my decision and said I was crazy. My roll of the dice paid off when, later that evening, I had a monster half-mile-wide tornado literally drop right next to me. On that particular day, I was the only chaser that made that move south. Showing my chaser friends my recorded video was priceless.
My career is in Emergency Medical Services for the State of Texas. On May 15, 2013, my two worlds collided. As shift supervisor for Hood County EMS, I found myself first on-scene and the EMS Incident Commander over operations, from the deadly EF-4 Granbury tornado. The memories from that night will live with me forever.
One of the best parts of storm chasing is going down the forgotten highways and seeing small town USA. I enjoy finding places that are off the beaten path. Once, while storm chasing in West Texas, I found a ghost town that was overtaken by hundreds of goats. That’s not something you typically see during rush hour in the Metroplex!
I currently live in Benbrook, with my wonderful wife of nine years and our two beautiful children.