I have originally put together this web site back in 1996 telling you a little about myself. Since then, it has outgrown so many "hosts" that it needed a final home as "Sky-Chaser"! This should be an easy name to remember for hurricane chasing, storm chasing, severe weather, extreme journalism, skydiving, photography, travel, computer graphics and video, computer programming, Web design, and much more! I am a computer programmer / analyst, writer, skydiver (USPA C30317), amateur photographer, extreme storm journalist, and computer artist. I enjoy flying and aerobatics, boating and jet skis, surfing, HAM radio, skydiving, and videography. I am also a volunteer SKYWARN storm spotter (FL B036 / 5257) for the National Weather Service as well as a licensed HAM radio operator (KG4PJN).
"Sky-Chaser" Consulting, as this site reflects from a business standpoint, mainly specializes in storm / hurricane chasing, and other documentation of extreme weather events for media, educational, charity / benefits, and public awareness goals. This site also contains my computer consulting services in PICK (Universe, Unidata, and similar Multivalue-DB oriented) programming for many major business requirements. The "Sky-Chaser" site also has lots of information about my other sports, hobbies, and lifestyles besides storm journalism and computer consulting. I feel you should enjoy or even be able to utilize some of the areas on this web site for anything from education to entertainment ... And be sure check back often, because it is updated on a continuous basis!
Chris Collura - Sky-Chaser Consulting - HAM KG4PJN - Skywarn FL B036 / 5257 - USPA C30317
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Since 1996! ... Last Major Site Update: Friday - July 11, 2014
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HURRICANE "ARTHUR" CHASE IN NC ON JULY 3-5
Hurricane "Arthur" was the first named storm of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season. The storm was intercepted in North Carolina from the Morehead City / Atlantic Beach area late on July 3 then again before dawn on the outer banks south of Nags Head, NC. The storm was a category 2 hurricane with winds of 100 MPH. This was also the first hurricane chase since 2012. I now have a full chase log for this intercept, and it is available in the STORM CHASING section of this site (in the tropical cyclone section). To go right to the page, please click the link HERE for it. You can also see a video of the chase, and the link for that is also on the page for hurricane Arthur, or you can click the link HERE for it as well.
STORM CHASE IN CENTRAL USA FOR JUNE 13-17
The true and brutal "violence" of weather in the Central United States made its ugly mark on June 16, 2014 near Pilger, Nebraska with a series of multiple tornadoes (some violent). Please pray for all who were affected by this recent disaster. For a video of this exclusive tornado event, please click the link HERE for it! A chase trip was done from June 13 to June 17, with chases in Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, and most importantly, Nebraska. I am wrapping up a full chase log for this latest trip, and it should be available in my STORM CHASING section of this site (under MIDWEST 2014). You can also click the link HERE to go right to it.
STORM CHASE IN CENTRAL USA FOR JUNE 2-4
Another chase trip was done again for a moderate to high risk "spot" chase in Nebraska mainly on June 3, with a departure from Chicago on June 2 and return June 4. Some HP supercells and a couple weak tornadoes were observed using my own chase vehicle for this trip. The chase log is also available in my STORM CHASING section of this site (under MIDWEST 2014), or simply click the link HERE for it.
STORM CHASE TRIP - MAY 18-23, 2014
Chase "expedition" 2014 was originally scheduled from May 18 through June 1, 2014 but was cut short as of May 23. The pattern was more active during this period with supercells and a couple small tornadoes observed in and around Colorado. I used my own chase vehicle for this trip, and a full chase log is now available in my STORM CHASING section of this site (under MIDWEST 2014), or simply click the link HERE for it.
STORM CHASE IN CENTRAL USA FOR APRIL 25-28
From April 25 through April 28, I was storm chasing in the Central USA / US Great Plains and flew out of Chicago to Kansas City. I was chasing mainly in Oklahoma and Kansas on Saturday April 26 with a cap bust (no storms formed anywhere outside of limited areas in Texas) and Sunday April 27 being a failed moderate to high-risk chase day in Missouri and Arkansas (bad positioning and later bad terrain). A violent tornado did form in Arkansas and caused death and destruction there in the early evening of the 27th (Mayflower, Arkansas) ... God bless the victims there. I returned to Chicago late Monday morning on April 28. Please check the link HERE for a full chase report on this trip.
FIRST STORM CHASES OF 2014 - APRIL 3 & 12
The first storm chase of 2014 was done on April 3, 2014 in central Missouri with an HP supercell storm intercepted. Another chase in Illinois and Iowa was done April 12 with giant hail observed. The full chase reports are currently available for April 3 and 12 for 2014 in the STORM CHASING section of my web site (the section is MIDWEST 2014 and remains under construction and is updated during chases throughout 2014). You can also jump right to this area by clicking on the link for it HERE.
SAINT PATRICKS DAY IN CHICAGO - MARCH 2014
Saint Patricks day was a blast in the Windy City with good weather (between snow storms it was about 35 degrees) and a great party of Irish and non-Irish folks alike! The tradition is to dye the Chicago River bright green as everyone can walk the streets toting a green beer and enjoying the parade and celebrations. Saint Patricks Day is a MUST for anyone in the Windy City at that time of the year!
DENVER NATIONAL STORM CHASER CONVENTION / CHASERCON - FEB 2014
The yearly Storm Chaser Convention (ChaserCon) went very well in mid February 2014 with an impressive turnout of nearly 500 storm chasers. The yearly event was as good as it gets, and included a snowmobiling trip to the mountains and a special tribute to Tim and Paul Samaras and Carl Young. More pictures of this event will be available once I get caught up.
EXTREME COLD - WORKING FOR A WHILE IN CHICAGO - JAN 2014
Early January 2014 was a brutally cold period from the upper Midwest to the NE USA - Especially around the first week of January 2014. Once again, similar to 2008, I am working on a computer contract in the windy city of Chicago, and had the excitement of driving right into the worst of the weather on January 5 between Indianapolis and Chicago! A few days after was followed by some of the coldest temperatures in 20+ years, approaching -20 below in Chicago. A blizzard (with winds gusting to 50 MPH and nearly 2 feet of snow) also preceded this vicious cold wave. I barely made the trip from Indy to Chicago as I-65 was shut down for 2 days after I barely made my way through (middle picture was a common sight). To the right, ice clouds - resembling cirrus clouds, are near the ground, causing sundogs and other optical effects. To the left, the true presentation of the term "Polar Vortex" (used by many media firms), can be seen at the 250 MB flow. This is no more than a highly amplified trough, extending southward from the polar vortex (wind flow around each pole on the earth). The larger bottom picture shows the more prominent upper-level low (with temperatures nearing -60 C in its core near Hudson Bay) at the 500 MB level! This allows very cold air to surge unusually far south. Interested in winter weather? Please visit my section for it at the link HERE.
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