Well my first quick post and a little nervous to be honest, but decided to give this a shot to the blogging world. It seems that this has become a very popular way to communicate along with other social media outlets like facebook/twitter so why not. Clearing sky, what does that mean? Well wow where do I begin. I have been enjoying storm chasing now for over 4 years with ten of thousands of miles on the road. In any particular hobby/job you typically have a great passion for what you do. It’s amazing what that “passion” can do and how it can affect your life in such positive way when you really need it. Storm chasing well is a passion and has become a way of life for myself and many others. There are so many examples on how unique storm chasing can affect your life and others. Acting as a spotter to be the eyes and hears for meteorologists during the severe times, taking out friends/clients to see extreme weather for the first time or simply enjoying Mother Nature yourself shooting photography. Sometimes you may change certain plans, tweak vacation times, or make financial sacrifices to head out on the road to chase…whatever. In late October 2010, I would find out in my life what “passion” really meant to storm chasing in 2011, but most importantly my life. Family and friends are amazingly important in all of this. In October 2010, doctor visit than a word I never believed possible...cancer. It hit me, but determined not to let it run me down. It's Feb 2011 and all things look aligned to chase down Mother Nature coming up here soon. Health is back on top and feel ready to go. So I guess where I am going with this is really to share how something you are passionate about can really do wonders in life and keep you moving forward in such a positive way when things are well not okay. The very thought of missing the spring chase season just wasn't an option. Keep your passion going no matter what in life. It’s amazing to have a connection like that. It's a frozen tundra outside, but only less than a few months away to be able to hit the road in tornado alley. Hope to share some storm chasing road trip stories this year, photography or whatever else comes to mind.