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About Me
This is just a short description of me and my weather background to give
you some idea of who I am and what my qualifications are. If you want to
know more about me you can check out the
About Me page on my other
website.

My name is Mikey Gribble. I was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas and
have always had an interest in severe weather. I went to Wichita State
University for college and majored in political science. I wanted to major in
meteorology, but unfortunately WSU doesn't have an atmospheric science
program. I am basically self taught. I started chasing and studying
meteorology in 2001. I went down to the University of Oklahoma
bookstore (big meteorology school) and bought all their course books for
meteorology. There are also many great books and resources available
over the internet and I utilized a bunch of those as well. I never knew
anybody who chased so I had to work very hard and learn it on my own. I
did have some formal education in meteorology at Wichita State when I
took their intro to meteorology course and then did an independent study
course on mesoscale meteorology with KSN meteorologist Dave Schafer.

There is a huge learning curve with storm chasing, especially if you are
doing it on your own. I started chasing hard in 2002 and covered at least
15,000 miles on 20 different chases. In 2003 I covered even more miles,
but I didn't get my first tornado until March of 2004, which ended up being
a break out year for me. I saw 21 tornadoes that year and also started
chasing for KWCH. The first two years of never getting a tornado was
probably the best thing that could have happened to me because it just
motivated me to work harder and eventually it paid off.  As I started having
some success in chasing I also started making video sales to some of the
national networks. You won't make much money off of it, but it's nice to
offset some of your expenses. It's fun to see your video on national
television too, but it's usually more trouble than it's worth.

I don't really like talking about my own qualifications, but I think that after
you have a chance to talk to me you'll feel comfortable with my knowledge
and experience about both meteorology and storm chasing. I've worked
very hard over the past 8 years to get good at what I do. Once you get
into chasing you will learn that there aren't any consistently good chasers
that aren't good forecasters. The keyword in that sentence is consistent.
The reality of storm chasing isn't like the movie Twister. In real storm
chasing you have to forecast, select the right target and be there before
the tornado happens. That is one of the reasons why forecasting is so
important. If you want to see a tornado you have to work for it. I chase all
over the plains and have seen tornadoes in 9 different states.

After you have been storm chasing for a while you start to get a little
recognition. Over the last several years I had my video on several national
news networks, I went on Wolf Blitzers show on CNN to do an interview,
I've done numerous interviews on KWCH for both storm chasing and
hurricane chasing, I have been on KWCH's annual storm special twice, I
spoke at the Severe Weather Expo at Century II, I gave a presentation on
storm chasing at Bethel College, this past spring I did an hour long TV
special on storm chasing called Danger Hunters where a film crew followed
me around for a week of storm chasing and finally I was featured on a
Iowa TV stations local weather special with meteorologist Terry Swails. I'm
sure I'm forgetting a few things, but hopefully this conveys the point that
I've had a fair amount of experience in storm chasing and have gotten
some level of recognition from people that I have a lot of respect for. I
realize accomplishments on the resume only go so far so if you want any
first hand accounts from people I've taken chasing in the past feel free to
email me and I'll give you a few with their contact information.

I usually don't go alone when chasing. My chase partner is Ryan Shirk. He
is an experienced storm chaser and has been chasing with me for several
years now. The way it typically works is that Ryan will drive the car while I
ride in the passenger seat to do the forecasting, monitor weather data,
watch radar and  navigate. Ryan's primary job is not to roll or wreck the
van lol. I'm only joking. Navigating and trying to get in close on a storm is
tricky. It is a tough job when you're dealing with back roads and something
that's constantly moving. We've gotten pretty good at it though.
Loaded Gun Chasing
website of storm chaser Mikey Gribble
me forecasting in the car while chasing
filming a tornado near Protection, KS
me with my lab Duck
Ryan and I with Gethin Jones and a
Britsh film crew shooting Danger Hunters
chase partner Ryan Shirk
my Xterra we take chasing
radar through satellite
XM Mobile Threatnet - radar and weather
data through satellite with GPS location
overlayed

Stormhawk - back up source of radar and
weather data with GPS

Mobile Internet - internet access through an
aircard for forecasting and running radar

GRlevel3 - high definition radar with GPS
location

Delorme Street Atlas - mapping software
with GPS for navigating

Davis Weather Station - weather station on
the roof to get current conditions
Equipment List