It’s been raining three days in a row and sometimes heavily:
Finally, northern Illinois is beginning to emerge from the drought.
It’s the perfect weather for contemplation and handling details for my upcoming storm chase trip. During the off-season, I’ve done lots of reading, ingesting books like Tim Vazquez’s “Weather Radar Handbook” (ORANGE BOOK).
In anticipation of chasing for ten days with famed storm photographer Jim Reed, I read “STORM CHASER: A Photographer’s Journey”.
I had intended to go through it over several days, but read through it in a single sitting (unlike the ORANGE BOOK, which I’ve been nibbling at for weeks). I felt it would be beneficial to read Jim’s book to better understand him and his guiding principals of storm photography.
As it turns out, Jim and I have had interesting parallels in our lives:
|Jim Reed||Lisa Beal||REMARKS|
|Born||Springfield, Illinois||Rockford, Illinois||Also close to the same age|
|Raised in Midwest?||Yup||Yup||_|
|Non-traditional family||Raised by single mom||One of three adopted children.
Raised by almost-single mom until 10.
(Dad traveled 5-6 days a week.)
|We may have watched the Brady Bunch, but we were not members!|
|1st memorable storm||Hurricane Camille
|Belvidere, IL tornado
|Dominant parent present during first memorable storm experience gave a sense that “everything’s going to be OK” (and it was).|
|Moved from Midwest||to West Coast (California)||to East Coast (to New York)||Off to the big city!|
|Returned to Midwest||Kansas||Illinois||Returned after college in both cases|
|Einstein connection||Ja!||Ja!||God may not play dice with the universe, but he seems to be good at poker. I remember this during storm chases!|
|1960s TV connection||Gilligan’s Island||Gilligan’s Island||Theory: the seven characters on
Gilligan’s Island represent the Seven Deadly Sins. (What would Dawn Wells think of that?)
|Dedicated chase vehicle||Ford Explorer
(as of 2006)
|Seen lots of tornadoes||40+||about 30
|Easily half of those I’ve seen were with Tempest Tours. Saw 6 on
10 May 2004 afternoon near Limon, Colorado.
(“Thank you, Dr. Weberpal!”)
|Winter photography experience||First chapter in the book captures this||Several photos from Antarctica used on Oprah for Jerri Nielsen’s appearance.||Jim will be supplying 2013 Tempest Tour 2B guests with signed copies of his book during the tour!|
|Camera collection||Nikon-sanctioned photographer||Started with Pentax while working for the Antarctic Program||OK, Nikon! I’m tired of Pentax stuff being ‘niche gear’ that’s both expensive AND hard to find.|
We’ll have plenty to talk about on the trip. I’ll have to remind myself that there will be a dozen people vying for his time, including Jim Reed.
To hear Jim speak about our trip, check out this YouTube video ( 2:14-):