My name is Mikey Gribble and I just turned 31 years old. I was born and
raised in Wichita, Kansas. I have one sister and one brother. I have a yellow
lab named Duck who goes to work with me every day. I am a huge dog lover
btw. This is the first dog I've ever had, but I've always been really close and
involved with my parents dogs. My parents got the runt out of the same litter
of pups that I got Duck from, so he has a great playmate to grow up with.
More pictures of the pups can be found
here
More pictures of Duck swimming for the first time here

I have always been passionate about severe weather, but I didn't start storm
chasing until 2002. I still remember my first chase very well. I don't know why
chasing storms had never crossed my mind before 2002, but it didn't. In May
of 2002 I was watching coverage of a tornado warning for Kingman county,
Kansas and all of a sudden the idea of chasing dawned on me. I realized that
instead of watching TV, Kingman was only 30 miles away, so I could drive
there and watch it in person. I had no idea what I was doing back then, but
that was the beginning of my passion in life. I immediately started studying
meteorology. I didn't know anybody who was into chasing or meteorology, so
I had to learn everything on my own. As a result, I had a big learning curve
with chasing and didn't get a tornado until my third year. I think getting
skunked those first two years was probably the best thing that could have
happened to me because it drove me to work even harder at studying
meteorology and improving my forecasting. The college I attended (Wichita
State) didn't have a meteorology program (I majored in Political Science), so I
took the only class they offered which was intro. to meteorology. After that
class I did an independent study course on mesoscale meteorolgy with
meteorologist Dave Schafer. That was as much as I could do through my
college, so after that I studied on my own.  I had some problems with
ordering books online because I wouldn't know what I was getting since I
couldn't flip through them, so I drove down to the University of Oklahoma
bookstore and stocked up on meteorology books. I have built up a small
library of meteorology books over the years. I don't buy new books very
often any more, but instead I reread the same books every year to prepare
for chase season. There is a list of books I recommend on the
About Chasing
page.


After two years without a tornado my luck changed in 2004 and I managed to
get 21 tornadoes that season. It was an incredible year for storm chasing to
say the least. I have done well every season since then and I am sure it was a
result of working hard at forecasting. I am a firm believer in the notion that
you are never going to be a consistently good storm chaser without being a
good forecaster.

Also in 2004 I began chasing for
KWCH, a local TV station out of Wichita.
They are a great station to chase for. They have always been very
appreciative of the job the chasers do and they do a great deal to help us
out. KWCH set it up for us to stream live video feeds while we are out
chasing. If you've never watched these video streams on chase days you
really should. There are hundreds of chasers that stream video now so you
can virtual storm chase from home. Its also very beneficial to KWCH's weather
coverage being able to show live video of tornadoes as they occur.
Rodney
Price is the chase coordinator at KWCH. He is always there to help out with
nowcasting and logistical support when I need to feed video to the national
networks. He has done a great job with the chasing operation at KWCH and I
am very happy chasing for them.


In my life outside of storm chasing I work for my dad at the family business.
It is a manufacturing company called Carlson Products. I dabble in a lot of
different things, but my primary job is managing our anodizing and QC
departments. I'm also over our door division and shipping, but I don't get
involved in day to day operations with those departments very often.

Some of my other hobbies include camping, hunting and fishing. Since I got
into storm chasing I have slowly stopped hunting, but I still get out a few
times a year. I've gone on a couple elk hunts with my dad over the last couple
years, which is a lot of fun. Tough, but fun. For the most part though I don't
get out hunting very often anymore. I do get out fishing every now and then.
I really enjoy going bass fishing on the golf course where my parents live. It is
a good chance for me to relax and clear my mind.

The bottom line is that storm chasing is my passion in life and I am perfectly
happy doing nothing but that. I have yet to find anything that is as
challenging and exciting as storm chasing. Every storm is unique and I am
never happier than I am when I'm out chasing.
About Me
Loaded Gun Chasing
website of storm chaser Mikey Gribble
Me riding shotgun and biting my lip
as I try to forecast on the road
Me filming a tornado near Protection,
Kansas on 4/23/07
Me with a mule deer I shot in Wyoming
while I was on an elk hunt with my dad
List of Accomplishments
5/12/04 - An F3 hit Attica, Kansas. There is a very well known piece of video
out there of a house getting picked up by the tornado. I was right in front of
the guy shooting video at the same time of the same thing. The tornado
crossed the road and picked this house up right in front of us, plain as day. It
was amazing. The only difference between me and that other guy was that he
remembered to hit record on his camera and I didn't.

4/21/05 - An F3 hit a house just North of Parsons, Kansas. I was tracking right
in behind the tornado the whole time and watched the house get hit and the
debris flying around the tornado. It was an amazing site and it would have been
amazing video, but I thought it would be a good idea to attempt to manually
set the white balance on my video camera (for the first time) right as I got on
the storm. The video was royally screwed up. There was no definition. You
could barely make out the debris from the house getting hit and everything was
a really bright white color. It looked like the film had been damaged or
something. It was awful. The second time I get a house getting hit on video
(from a quarter mile away) I managed to screw up the video again.


6/12/05 - A prolific tornado producing storm drops numerous tornadoes in
Kent County, Texas, one of which was a red dirt filled wedge. I filmed the
tornado from about a half to three quarters of a mile away. After ten minutes
of incredible video the tornado began to die out and as I looked down to turn
off my camera, I realized that I had once again forgotten to hit record.

4/15/06 - A large tornado touched down within two hundred yards of me
southeast of Beatrice, Nebraska. I filmed the tornado as it displayed amazing
rotation and vertical motion in the clouds right in front of me. The tornado
became strong and I got awesome video of dirt and other debris getting
thrown around at the surface. Five minutes later after the tornado roped out I
noticed three water droplets that had been on my lense the whole time. My
camera focused in on the water droplets on the lense instead of the tornado,
ruining the video.

5/04/07 - An incredibly potent setup for strong tornadoes was setting up east
of Dodge City, Kansas. The setup was extremely favorable for strong
tornadoes and had been handled well by the models for days leading up to the
event. It was clear that if a storm fired on the dryline bulge, strong tornadoes
were very likely. I knew as well as anybody else the potential of this setup. The
night before my forecast post included these quotes,

"Good god! If the NAM is telling the truth and something goes up on the N-NE
side of that bulge it is going to be intense"

"I think tornadoes are very likely over a small area N-NE of the dryline bulge"

I was sitting East of Greensburg, Kansas when storms finally fired southeast of
Greensburg. It was a little over an hour before dark when storms went up. I
debated on whether I should go home to get a good nights sleep for the next
days chase or get on the storm that just went up. I was well aware of the
extremely favorable environment for tornadoes, but for some colossally stupid
reason that I will never fully understand, I thought it would be best to go home
and get a good nights sleep for the following days chase. Later on that night
Greensburg was hit by an EF5 tornado and I missed it. Well done.
This is a picture of Duck when
he was a pup
A picture of Duck burying his head in
the snow
A picture of Duck and Sam. Duck is the
one of the left
Picture of me with Duck. He is 7
months old and not so little any more
Marry took this picture when we were
on a storm in Oklahoma in May 2010
Equipment
Primary Radar Source - GR Level 3 (GPS overlay)
Backup Radar through Satellite - XM Mobile Threatnet (GPS overlay)
Interent Source - two Verizon aircards
Cell Amplifer -  Wilson Electronics wireless amp
Ipad - use it for radar and navigation
Laptop - run GR Level 3 and Delorme Map software on HP laptop
Imap streaming video - can watch my live feed when chasing here
Iphone - use for radar, navigating backups and for phoning in reports
April 2011 chase. Probably should
have spit the smoke out
December 2010, actually that's Eric's
deer he shot at our ranch
3/28/2009 snow storm
Duck and kitten playing on balcony
Duck all grown up. He is 100 pounds
now and a very handsome boy