Our team is comprised of some of the most experienced storm chasers from around the world. We understand meteorology and concentrate on good forecasting techniques to intercept severe weather and ensure a successful storm chase on every tour.
Todd Thorn - Tour Leader/Severe Storm Expert - Bozeman, Montana - I will be on all tours.
I have been fascinated by severe storms and tornadoes since I was just six years old, and as a result, I began studying severe weather at a very early age. Over the years, I read every textbook on the subject and spent many days watching severe storms form over my hometown. My nights were spent watching vivid lightning from my bedroom window as the sound of thunder shook the house. To be a storm chaser, you must be able to read the sky and see visual clues for severe weather, such as the meaning of distant towering cumulus clouds. All the schooling and onboard information is good, but it takes years to learn how to read the sky and tell where the next storm will form. I have been chasing severe weather since 1991 and have a background in meteorology. In 2014 we will be operating our 17th year of Storm Chasing Adventure Tours. We have been featured in numerous television documentaries, news programs, and in more than 200 newspaper and magazine articles published around the world. Since I founded Storm Chasing Adventure Tours in 1997, our emphasis has been on good forecasting techniques to intercept severe weather for a successful storm chase on every tour. I look forward to seeing you in Tornado Alley during 2014.
Chris Brown - Guide/Driver for Tour 3
The 2014 chase will be my sixth season storm chasing with Todd. Despite living in England, my long annual trip over to meet up with Storm Chasing Adventure Tours is my most anticipated of the year. Storm chasing is a hobby rather than a career for me as I am the MD of a travel company where we try and send people where the good weather is! I have always had a fascination with severe weather and as a youngster I dreamed of seeing a tornado. Sadly in the UK, it only gets as bad as severe thunder and lightning, and when this happens I can normally be found outside (My family thinks I am mad). I am also a keen photographer and enjoy the photo opportunities that arise whilst chasing storms. I look forward to seeing you out on the Plains in 2014.
Mathew Buxey - Guide/Driver for Tours 2-4
Hi I'm Mathew from England where I serve as a police officer. This will be my 2nd year storm chasing with Todd. I have had an interest with storms & extreme weather since I was young, but here in the UK we get nothing like the storms that form in the Great Plains. I look forward to getting out on the road with you and experiencing some extreme weather in 2014.
Andrea Dyer - Guide/Driver for Tour 2
Hello, my name is Andi and I have been fascinated by storms since I was 5 years old when my mother put a mattress in the hallway as the sirens were blaring. As a teenager I lived in Oklahoma and would crawl on the roof of the house to take pictures as the storms rolled in. 2014 will be my sixth year with Todd and hope to catch another tornado on film. I have learned a lot from Todd and can't wait to learn more and meet fellow tornado enthusiasts.
Marcus Gutierrez - Guide/Driver for Tour 2 & 3
This is Marcus's first year with Storm Chasing Adventure Tours. Marcus has been involved in the production of the IMAX movie Tornado Alley since 2003 and joined the Discovery Channel TV show Storm Chasers in 2006. In 2010 he stepped into a new role as driver of TIV-2, the second generation Tornado Intercept Vehicle that's designed to capture IMAX footage inside a tornado. Marcus served as a US Navy corpsman and is now a first-class medic trained in trauma, pediatric cardiothoracic surgery, and orthopedics, making him uniquely qualified to provide emergency support. Raised in California since the age of five, Marcus is an accomplished surfer and enjoys spending time at surf destinations around the world.
Frank Hankins - Guide/Driver for Tours 1-3
2014 will be my 5th year storm chasing with Storm Chasing Adventure Tours and my third as a driver. My interest in severe weather began at a young age. Summer visits with my Grandparents in Wichita, Kansas would always include at least one day of storms. I remember a few times when day turned to night in the middle of the afternoon and getting rushed in to the storm cellar. Living in Washington State we don't see much severe weather. But my yearly storm chasing adventures with Todd has allowed me to experience some of the most incredible weather I’ve ever seen. I'm looking forward to the 2014 chase season and meeting new friends out on the Great Plains.
Anthony Ho - Guide/Driver for Tours 2 & 3
As a young boy, Anthony would huddle under the bed covers at night, watching the lightning flashes through the edges of the shade and listening to the rumble of thunder as it shook his house. Today, after a 25+ year career with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security as a special agent, Anthony has traded in his handcuffs to pursue his dream of chasing thunderstorms across America and seeing a tornado drop from the sky. This will be his second year of storm chasing with Todd; his first year was filled with beautiful lightning bolts, manure-filled windstorms, bruising hail, and days filled with adventure. His hobbies include photography, learning to play the piano, and scanning the sky for storm clouds. He looks forward to sharing adventures and stories with you as we go storm chasing.
Ryan Hoke - Guide/Driver/Web Administrator for Tour 4
This is my 7th year with Todd. When I was a small child growing up in Louisville, Kentucky I was fearful of thunderstorms. This fear turned into an intense fascination with weather during my elementary school years and signaled an exciting career ahead in broadcast meteorology. I started my own weather forecast website for the Louisville area when I was in high school and that's when Storm Chasing Adventure Tours owner Todd Thorn found me. Since then I've been chasing with Todd and have seen more than a dozen tornadoes. Thanks to Todd I also got a head start in my severe weather education and went on to earn my meteorology degree from Mississippi State University. During my college years I was a weather forecaster at a TV station in Tennessee and now I'm living my dream as a meteorologist at WAVE 3 News in Louisville, Kentucky. I put my skills to work for you through my daily weather briefings and by helping you understand the weather that's happening as we chase. We're going to have a blast this 2014 season!
Robert Koch - Guide/Driver for Tour 1
Hello, my name is Robert Koch and I make my living selling merchandise on the auction website eBay. This will be my 9th year chasing with Todd and I look forward to another exhilarating chase season. I have always been intrigued with severe weather since I was a wee lad and the last 8 seasons have been most stimulating as I met many great storm chasing enthusiasts and weather professionals. Chasing with Todd across the great American Plains is always rewarding whether we see tornadoes, severe storms, or spectacular lightning displays. Best Regards, Robert.
Jock McGinty - Guide/Driver for Tours 4 & 5
I’ve been chasing and photographing severe weather with Todd since 2004. In that time I’ve learned that if there is any weather out there Todd will get you right in the path of it. During my time with Storm Chasing Adventure Tours I have experienced more than 25 tornadoes, including 3 on the ground at once, a one-in-a-thousand clockwise-rotating tornado, and being in the path of the widest-ever recorded tornado at Hallam, Nebraska. Simply amazing! As well as photography I’ve always had an interest in natural history and the physical forces that shape our universe, from severe weather to astronomy to volcanoes and earthquakes (my other real favorite)! However, nothing matches the feeling of being under a 50-mile wide, rotating supercell in the great plains of America. Whether 2014 will be your first chase season or you’re a veteran returning for your annual fix, I look forward to seeing you in Tornado Alley and sharing some awesome weather experiences.
Sean Sales - Guide/Driver for Tours 4 & 5
Hi Everyone, I’m Sean from Birmingham, England and this will be my second season chasing with Todd. I’ve been interested in severe weather for as long as I can remember. Having seen a tornado, golfball-sized hail, and the most incredible electrical storms out on the Plains it's safe to say I’ve got the chasing bug. My day job is working in human resources and for a bank but in my spare time I’m an armchair scientist and fascinated by all things physics. I can’t wait to get out to Tornado Alley again and witness the awesome power of nature. 2014 is going to be brilliant.