Peter Wharton

I'm the tour organiser and lead forecaster.  I started storm chasing in 2002 after a lifelong interest in severe weather.  My earliest memory is standing in my crib and watching a major lightning display one night in London - childhood imprinting for severe weather!

I've personally witnessed over 90 tornadoes in my years of chasing. An especially photogenic experience was the classic Campo, Colorado EF2 tornado on May 31st, 2010 - this was a "chaser's dream tornado" - one that chasers wait years to see, and then talk about forever!  In 2011, we were within a few miles of the destructive Joplin, Missouri tornado - a sobering experience, reminding us of the devastating impact of severe weather on local communities.  In 2012, we witnessed 7 tornadoes one magic afternoon/evening at La Crosse, Kansas - that evening's chase ended with a huge cone tornado just a mile away, popping out of the gloom only when backlit by intense CG lighting.  The 2013 tours included huge wedge tornadoes at Carney & El Reno, OK and Bennington, KS - unfortunately with tragic outcomes at El Reno, giving a pointed reminder of the need to be ever vigilant about safe chasing practices. In 2016 we were right underneath a supercell as it went tornado-warned south of Dodge City - we witnessed 13 separate tornadoes that afternoon on the one incredible cyclic tornadic supercell.

Despite all these dramatic events, the experience of closing in on a massive rotating "spaceship" supercell never ceases to amaze me - I really enjoy the challenge of targeting severe weather, rolling along on a superb road trip with great people, and doing my utmost to deliver the best possible chasing experience.

E-mail: Peterjwharton@gmail.com

Role: Driver, Tour guide

Tour operator: StormGroup Chasers

Website: http://pwharton.aminus3.com/

Merits: Extensive experience as a driver for a commercial tour, then involvement as a co-forecaster, then 3 years successfully targeting storms and tornadoes, grounded in a life-long interest in weather, coupled with in-depth reading on severe weather dynamics

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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/peter.wharton.18

Started chasing: 2002

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