Brian- K5BWX  
Skytracker
BrianLightning
Brian is an active storm spotter/stormchaser in Middle Tennessee.  Like many weather enthusiasts, he became interested in weather as a child.  His first weather impression, probably around the age of 5, came from being frightened by lightning bolts on the horizon which appeared red in color as a result of light refraction through dense humidity at Edisto Beach, SC.  At the age of around 17, Brian and his dad witnessed a rare, large, strong dust devil in a field in rural SC.  He said dust devils like the one he saw usually occur more often in the deserts of the southwestern U.S.  After moving to Nashville, the famous April 1998 Tornado Outbreak triggered him into storm action.  He attended NWS's Jerry Orchanian's spotter classes and studied storm structure on his own.  Soon after, ThunderChaser.com was created.  Brian built the Lakeview Weather Center at the school where he teaches music, and sometimes weather.  He said, "At first I think my principal was a little afraid of the idea.  She was afraid I would scare the kids, but now the weather center is a popular place to visit; especially on snowdays!"  He said, "When you need to evacuate 800+/- students, some from outside portable classrooms, every second counts."  SKYTEC 5 is the current storm tracking computer system used in the LWC.  Brian had the vision of creating this system, but it was the funds provided by BestBuy Stores that made it possible.   The LWC is a fully functional weather center- modeled after a typical local TV weather center- where forecasts, alert messages, and LWC Doppler radar images are inserted automatically into a looping TV show on the in-house TV network.  Brian is believes it is the only set-up of its kind in a Tennessee school and possibly the only one in the United States.  Below is a full panorama view of an approaching supercell.  Brian took this picture in 3 different shots then pieced them together.  This storm occurred in northeast New Mexico.
NM
Brian has been lucky enough to tag along on chases led by Dr. Arnold and Dr. Wurman, but usually he chases alone using visual and technological guidance based on what he sees happening in the sky, on Doppler radar, and in forecast model updates.  Below is a developing tornado that Brian tracked for 133 miles across in the Nebraska Panhandle and through extreme northeast Colorado.
Tornado

Brian uses GRLevel3 Doppler Radar with an on-radar GPS location marker to make sure he is not in the path of dangerous severe weather during night-time skytracking.  The GPS also serves as navigation through Delorme mapping software and plots his location on the SpotterNetwork so media, EMA, and NWS can track his location.
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Tornado Close-up

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