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Adam Lucio: Co-Owner Adam has been fascinated with severe storms his whole life and an active chaser since 2004. Adam has witnessed more than 120 tornadoes in his life and has been featured on “Storm Hunters” as well as numerous media outlets. Adam is self taught with regard to the weather and is one of the better forecasters and storm chasers around today. Among Adam’s accomplishments, he has driven the Tornado Intercept Vehicle featured in the Discovery Channels hit series “Storm Chasers.” Adam founded Illinois Storm Chasers with fellow co-owner Danny Neal in February 2014, but officially launched the site January 1st, 2015.
Danny Neal: Co-Owner – Danny overcame an immense fear of severe weather to build the largest resource in social media weather that the state of Illinois has to offer. Over the past five years Danny has dedicated his life to bringing severe weather education and awareness to his over 200,000 followers. Danny has a background in meteorology from the College of DuPage and Penn State University. Danny has documented over 115 tornadoes over his twenty years of storm chasing. Danny volunteers his time at the National Weather Service Chicago during severe weather events as well as assists with the training of storm spotters and surveying past tornado events.
Joe Pudlik: General Forecaster/Database Specialist – Joe grew up with a strong interest and passion for weather. This passion for weather has grown through the years which landed him a position at Illinois Storm Chasers in 2017. He has been storm chasing since 2010 and has witnessed at least 38 tornadoes during that time, including the Moore, Oklahoma EF-5 on May 20th, 2013, and Rochelle/Fairdale, Illinois EF-4 tornado on April 9th, 2015. He is self-taught with regard to meteorology and has an additional interest and knowledge in historical and record weather statistics and events. Joe will contribute a lot of time to creating a severe weather database on the Illinois Storm Chaser website.
Chris Slone: Meteorologist/Climate Forecaster– Chris grew up in Calhoun and Jersey counties, in the southwestern corner of the state, in the hill country just outside of St. Louis. He currently lives in Alton. Weather has been a passion since he was a little tot with barely the ability to say ‘meteorologist’. Chris followed that passion directly into an early career with the US Navy just before 9/11, supporting America’s Finest with real-time weather support to our pilots, special forces and ships at sea in both the Afghanistan and Iraq campaigns. After 6 years, he decided to pursue a degree to top off the experience and graduated at Northern Illinois University in 2011. He has stayed engaged in the weather field ever since, taking time to do storm chases and continuing to gain experience in long range forecasting. In 2017 Chris joined Illinois Storm Chasers as staff meteorologist with an emphasis on long range forecasting and seasonal climate summaries.
Matt Piechota: Winter Weather Specialist – Matt has always been fascinated with the weather, but specifically his expertise is drawn to wintry weather. Matt officially observes weather at O’Hare Airport, but also assists with severe weather education at the College of DuPage. He is has chased for eight years and has nearly 50 tornadoes documented while guiding storm chasing tours with the College of DuPage. Matt has documented the twin EF-4 tornadoes near Pilger, Nebraska as well as the Washburn, Rochelle, and Elmwood, Illinois tornadoes of recent past. Matt joins Illinois Storm Chasers in 2017 to become their best overall winter weather forecaster while also contributing to live storm chasing video logs from the field.