Martin Lisius

Martin Lisius, "The Storm Whisperer," began tracking storms in the mid-1980's. He is a cinematographer, producer and founder of StormStock, the world's largest storm footage library. In addition, Martin founded and chairs the Texas Severe Storms Association (TESSA), a national non-profit dedicated to severe weather education and mitigation, and host to the National Storm Conference. Martin produced, directed and wrote several television programs relating to severe weather including "Chasing the Wind" (1991), "Beneath Stormy Skies" (1994), and "The Chasers of Tornado Alley" (1995). He directed, co-produced and co-wrote "StormWatch" for the National Weather Service, which employs it nationwide as their official storm spotter training video. Martin worked as a technical advisor on the 1996 Warner Bros. blockbuster movie "Twister" and appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show with the cast and crew. In 1998, he photographed the first-ever violent class tornado on 35 mm motion picture film at Spencer, South Dakota. In 1999, Martin teamed with Chevy Trucks to help create their "Storm Chaser" commercial for S-10 pickups. Martin has shot and provided Super 35mm and HD storm footage for the Discovery Channel, Weather Channel, National Geographic, "Independence Day," the Academy Award-winning "An Inconvenient Truth," "The Avengers" (2012) and Warner Bros. "Black Sky" (2013). In his spare time, Martin works for the KXAS-TV NBC5 Weather Team. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington and member of the legendary "Spencer 4."


Role: Tour guide, Director

Tour operator: Tempest Tours





Started chasing: 1987