Brandon Ivey is all too familiar with severe weather and tornadoes. Born and raised in Kansas, severe storms were just part of every spring. Brandon became interested in storms at a young age. He began chasing storms during his teenage years, while still in high school. He tracked down his first tornado on May 25th, 1997 at the age of 16. He got within a few miles of the small, short lived tornado south of Burton, Kansas. He continued chasing for the next decade, keeping it as a part-time hobby, due to a full time job and college stealing most of his time. In 2007, Brandon not only completed his degree in Meteorology, but began chasing every opportunity he got. He became a part of the Discovery series “StormChasers” in 2009 and worked with the program through the 2011 storm season. He also worked with IMAX filmmaker Sean Casey from 2009 through 2013 as a meteorologist and navigator for the tornado intercept vehicle, or TIV2. During his time with TIV2, he was able to successfully place the vehicle in the path of several tornadoes, most notably a violent rain-wrapped tornado on May 27th, 2013. Brandon was able to strategically place the vehicle in and around storms to collect IMAX footage for the movie “Tornado Alley”, which was released in IMAX theaters across the world in 2011. This will be Brandon’s 19th season out tracking down supercell thunderstorms and tornadoes. Brandon is looking forward to chasing with you this spring! Make sure you reserve your seat before all tours are full.
Role: Driver, Tour guide
Tour operator: StormChasingTour.com
Merits: Broadcast Meteorology Certificate & Bachelor of Science Degree from Mississippi State University
Started chasing: 1997