Storm Chasing

Storm Chasing Near Safford, AZ – June 29th, 2018

The Beginning of Monsoon 2018!

There is something about the beginning of the monsoon.  The smell of rain and the sound of thunder are once again pleasing my senses.  Throw in some sunset lightning, and it’s a heck of a start!

Like 2017, I found myself on Highway 191 (between Safford and Willcox, Arizona) watching a factory of storms move off of Mount Graham into the valley.

For nearly three hours, my buddy Greg McCown and I watched storm after storm coming off of the mountains.  Then at Sunset, we witnessed the most amazing colors on top of the mountain as well as lightning bolts backlit by sunset colors. 

In this photo is a picture of Greg and me shortly after arriving at our spot for the night.  I have a lot of fun chasing with Greg.  He’s a great guy and also shoots Nikon.  Hidden in this picture is one sony video camera…can you spot it?!

Anyways, make sure you check out Greg’s work! His twitter handle is @GregTucson on Twitter.

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Why I Chase | The Arizona Monsoon

Why I Chase | The Arizona Monsoon

A documentary film highlighting my last 5 years of storm chasing in Arizona.  This film takes you on a personal journey of how I went from pilot to storm chaser.  It also highlights the passion I have for Arizona’s landscapes and weather.

Introduction

I am often asked “Why did you make this film?  What inspired you?”  Truth be told, I needed a goal.  I needed something to work hard towards.  In a way I was raising the bar for myself.  I wanted to take my work from where it was comfortable, to a place I had never gone.

We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills

-John F Kennedy | Moon Speech | September 12th, 1962

I chose to do this film, not because it would be easy, but because it would be hard.  In many ways, the film was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.  It challenged everything I knew about filmmaking, and required me to learn a lot along the way.

There were many times that I thought this project was simply not meant to be.  At one point, I had lost my entire project (hard drive crash) and wasn’t sure if I had the emotional strength to start the whole thing over.   Thankfully, I was able to salvage some of what I had in the beginning and slowly piece it back together.  By nature I’m not a quitter; instead, I like to think of myself as someone who finds a way to finish.

In the spring of 2015, I officially decided I wanted to do this project.  I told myself, “you are going to make a 22:30 minute film.  I wanted to take everything I had done the last few years and turn them into a captivating story that featured all my work.

I have produced several time-lapse films and mini-documentaries.  While I’m very proud of them, for some reason I was left feeling like I had a lot more potential.  After toying with the idea, I decided that setting this massive goal was the only way I was going to force myself to do it.

Don’t ever count yourself out.  You’ll never known how good you are unless you try. Dream the impossible and go out and make it happen.  I walked on the moon.  What can’t you do?

– Eugene Cernan | Nasa Astronaut | From the film “The Last Man on the Moon”

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