I’m not always the last to chime in, but this time I am!
My name is Lisa Beal. and this will be my ninth excursion with Tempest Tours. (Yes, Bill, you got it right!)
I have been interested in weather since I was very young. My interest in severe weather was bolstered by a terrible event in my life, the Belvidere, Illinois tornado (http://www.tornadoproject.com/toptens/topten2.htm#belvidere) in 1967. Our first day of the tour marks the 45th anniversary of that day. I’ve never chased on April 21st before, so it will be a new experience. Since that day, I’ve seen many tornadoes. Last May I saw #28 (with Tempest Tours, who else?) and hope to see more. In addition to chasing with Tempest, I spot severe weather for my community in the Chicago area and chase in Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana as weather and work permit. I regard myself as a techno-chaser, balancing my time between the road and roadside weather observations and reporting with my many gadgets.
When I’m not ‘under the thunder’ with friends, I work as a career computer professional. I’m originally from America’s Midwest, but have lived all over the U.S. I even spent three years living and working in Antarctica, including a 13-month stay at the South Pole. (My adventures are not limited to the sky, right?)
A side note for our Spanish-speaking friends:
Yo estudiaba español en escuela secundaria y en la universidad para cinco años. ¡Se me olvidó casi todos!
Durante mi trabajo con la programa antártica vivia para seis meses en Chile, he tenido suficiente práctica para recordar mucho.
¡Espero que se vea muchas tormentas, granizos gigantes, tornados magníficos, nubes hermosas y puestas de sol inolvidables!
I look forward to meeting you all on Friday!
¡Hasta luego! / Til then!
NOTE: Video of tornado #27 is HERE on YouTube