SOUTHERN/GREAT PLAINS CHASES: early MAY: 3,362 miles
Tempest Tours #2013-2B:
Jim Reed Photo Tour
May 2013 chasing with Jim Reed, Bill Reid and friends
in the Southern/Great Plains.
Our team was from all over:
Jim Reed (KS [KD0TVZ]) – photo guru William Reid (CA [KG6FWX]) – lead Danny Gonzales (CA) – guide/driver Ron Riemersma (WI) – guide/driver
Martin Lisius (TX) – CEO, Tempest Tours (5/1) Jenna Blum (KS) – media guest
Lisa Beal (IL [KC9BST]
Kristin Heil (OH)
Stacy Williams (CA)l
Patti Schulze (TX)
Nathan Chester (Brisbane)
Michael Thompson (Shellharbour)
TRAVEL: Flight + 60 miles around OKC
DAY 1: Spider lightning as a monster cold front passes
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:
Also close to the same age
Raised in Midwest?
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
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
Returned after college in both cases
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
Theory: the seven characters on Gilligan’sIsland represent the Seven Deadly Sins. (What would Dawn Wells think of that?)
Dedicated chase vehicle
(as of 2006)
Seen lots of tornadoes
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!
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-):