2007 Chase Year
The 2007 chase year is in the books and thanks to a substantial increase in the number of chases I had my best year yet. I had 16 individual chase days covering 9 months and including chases in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas. I also had about another 25 local chases/outings that were within 50 miles of my home and included some pretty good video/photo captures. I estimate between 8,000 - 10,000 total miles traveled. I observed 15 tornadoes this year (over 4 tornado days) which brings my total to 21 tornadoes observed since I started more serious storm chasing in 2004. I was able to stay away from any large hail with the largest observed being nickel size and top winds observed being only about 50mph. My wife joined me for a few chases, I did a few solo, but most were just Scott Bell and myself (the May 5 and May 6 chases had Matt Crowther join us and Garrett Lewis joined in as well on the May 6 chase). My most memorable chase was March 28 when Scott Bell and myself observed 7 tornadoes. Scott Bell and I had also had a bit of our footage from April 21, 2007 used in the Storms of 2007 DVD for Charity.
March 28, 2007 NW Texas Storm Chase
Click here for my 2007 chase reports.