The 11th annual Storm Chaser Convention

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Austin Kennedy writes, Storm chasers across the county gathered in Denver for the 11th annual Storm Chaser Convention from February 13-15.

Storm chasers across the county gathered in Denver for the 11th annual Storm Chaser Convention from February 13-15. A record high amount of participants signed up for this year’s convention. Storm chasers like Dr. Josh Wurman and Reed Timmer from the Discovery Channel show “Storm Chasers”, Tim Samaras and Roger Hill who have appeared in National Geographic, and many more weather experts were there. I got the chance to interview some of them, but little did I know that I was going to be interviewed myself! I was one of the youngest storm chasers there, being only twelve, so Severe Studios interviewed me on live camera at severestudios.com. The interesting sessions started Saturday morning at about 8:15. A variety of topics were explained from safely chasing storms and hurricanes, to plans for VORTEX2 next tornado season, and of course, old storm stories from the veterans. In between breaks, I had the opportunity to ask some respected storm chasers some questions. “I actually used to be afraid of thunder and lightning… but eventually that fear turned into curiosity” Reed Timmer told me when I asked him how he got started on severe storms. I asked Roger Hill, who is the founder of the Storm Chaser convention, what storm chasing was like “I look at a tornado like a grizzly bear, you can look at it, you can watch it, but if you get too close, it will get you.” I also talked with Tim Samaras, and I asked him what draws him to storm chasing “What drives me to storm chase is the beauty of the storm itself, not just the tornadoes.” Overall, the Convention was great fun to all storm chasers whether amateur or experienced. A spotters’ class was also held Sunday afternoon for those training to be chasers.

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