Kenneth Fugate [stormphotonet]
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I live in Plano, Texas USA I grew up in the central US in what some would call, Tornado Alley. I became fascinated in the sky very early in my life. My earliest memories in life have been of the sky; you know those memories that are like a haze as they pass in time. I have been chasing in the central US for 39 years and consider myself a meteorologist and student of Atmospheric Science. I do on an average 10,000 to 20,000 miles a chase season (April, May, and June) in Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. I am in awe with our atmosphere and the central plains of the US, a place where I consider the sky to become big and a part of the landscape. Go up just 5 miles into the atmosphere and we are all connected, all the people of earth are affected by the weather. The Low that brought rain to me will affect someone else somewhere tomorrow. This is the reason I chase, not just to see a tornado, but to enjoy every aspect of Mother Nature.
I would like to say a few words of wisdom to someone that might be interested in chasing. Being on the road during severe weather is not a place for someone that is not knowledgeable in meteorology. I have had my back window blown out by winds in excess of 100 mph, and hail the size of soft balls impacting my van from supercell thunderstorms that rise to 70,000 ft in our atmosphere and bolts of lightning that are hotter than the surface of the sun, hit 10 yards from my feet. I am not saying do not chase, if this is what you want, get the knowledge to do it safely or book a chase vacation. There are companies on the internet that offer tours with on staff meteorologist, although I cannot comment on them
I have experience as an EMT-Paramedic / Emergence Vehicle Operator and done tornado damage survey in Oklahoma and Texas for The Red Cross. My interest in photography started in high school when a friend invited me to take a class in photography.