Meteorology

My Life in Meteorology

  • Began at a young age when I experienced Hurricane Bob in 1991
  • Regularly attended the open houses at the National Weather Service Taunton, MA as a kid
  • Growing up on the water required me to be weather aware while boating
  • Watching Florida thunderstorms while in college rekindled my love for meteorology and sparked my passion for weather photography, which introduced me to web development.
  • Keeping people safe from severe weather as both a certified race officer and US Coast Guard licensed captain was very rewarding for me.
  • That full reward came to fruition when a vicious line of severe thunderstorms struck the 2008 Buzzards Bay Regatta.
  • Witnessing firsthand the EF-5 tornadoes that struck Moore, Oklahoma on May 20, 2013, and El Reno, Oklahoma on May 31, 2013 reinfoced the importance of both research and operational meteorology to me.
  • I co-authored a paper on meteotsunamis (atmospherically induced tsunamis) in June, 2014.

Storm Chasing

Modern meteorology relies on supercomputers to run models of storms, but nothing can match the excitement of standing in a field watch a tornado tear across the open prairie. If one is careful and safety-conscious, it is possible to enjoy a day like I had on May 19, 2012 in southern Kansas.

As storm chasers converged on the triple point near the Kansas-Nebraska border that afternoon, I opted to take a gamble on a target near the Kansas-Oklahoma border, where the models showed a very brief window of conditions that looked ideal for tornadoes.

I arrived at my target area just as that brief window opened up, and just as a rotating supercell approached from the west. All I had to do was pull over and I had the whole show to myself — everyone else was up in Nebraska. I photographed three tornadoes before the updraft became rain-wrapped. That storm turned out to be one of the only storms that produced tornadoes that day.

Storm Chasing

May 19, 2012 EF-3 Tornado in Kansas

Storm Chasing

May 31, 2013 El Reno, Oklahoma Supercell