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 2016 we will be operating our 19th 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 2016.
Gary Abernathy - Guide/Driver for Tours 2 & 3
I'm Gary Abernathy. I'm a flight test engineer working for the U.S. Air Force near Dayton OH, This will be my third year with Todd. When I enlisted in the Air Force, I was sent to weather school. I spent nine years working in the weather career field in the Air Force. I learned to appreciate all aspects of weather, especially to respect the power of severe weather. My love of weather drove me to acquire a master's degree in geophysics. Other hobbies include collecting vinyl records and hunting fossils, minerals & rocks.
Matt Amesz - Guide/Driver for Tours 3 & 4
Hi, I am from Perth Western Australia and 2016 will be my 11th year chasing storms with Storm Chasing Adventure Tours. I have had a keen interest in severe weather from a young age and I have been fortunate to see many amazing tornadoes and intense lightning displays . Seeing a tornado for the first time was truly an amazing experience, it certainly got the heart pumping. Every day is like an adventure, who knows where you will end up and what you might see! Regardless of if you see a tornado or not, it's an experience of a lifetime and one not to be missed. I look forward to traveling with you all in 2016.
Chris Brown - Guide/Driver for Tour 4
The 2016 chase will be my seventh 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 2016.
Mathew Buxey - Guide/Driver for Tour 2
Hi I'm Mathew from England. This will be my 4th 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 2016.
Anthony Ho - Guide/Driver for Tours 2-4
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 third 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 5
This is my 9th 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 2016 season!
Robert Koch - Guide/Driver for Tour 4
Hello, my name is Robert Koch and I make my living selling merchandise on the auction website eBay. This will be my 11th 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 9 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.