Via a thread post on Stormtrack, Dan Robinson and Tim Vasquez have outlined storm chasing fatalities since the inception of storm chasing.
The above bar graph graphic,
produced by Robinson, illustrates all the storm chasing fatalities (which is
fifteen) since the inception of storm chasing.
Robinson, with the help of Vasquez, wrote extensively about eight separate incidents which lead to the deaths of storm chasers’.
2nd April 1984:
The first “in the field” chaser death, Christopher Phillips was a twenty-one
year old OU meteorology student from New Jersey. Phillips died when he swerved
to avoid a rabbit and his car rolled over into a ditch in Oklahoma.
11th July 2005:
Norman, Oklahoma resident Jeff Wear was killed on Interstate 20 near Kilgore,
Texas after he hydroplaned in heavy rain and struck a flatbed truck head-on.
Wear was returning from a chase to intercept Hurricane Dennis.
6th June 2009:Fabian Guerra of Chicago was killed on
Interstate 80 in Iowa when he swerved to avoid a deer, crossed the median and
struck an oncoming tractor-trailer in the early morning hours of June 6th.
Guerra was heading to Nebraska to meet up with two other chasers for a chase in
the area later on that day.
4th February 2012: Andy Gabrielson was killed on Interstate 44 near Sapulpa, Oklahoma in a head-on collision with a drunk driver going the wrong way on the highway. Gabrielson was on his way home from a chase earlier on in Oklahoma.
31st May 2013: Tim Samaras, Paul Samaras and Carl Young were killed when the El Reno, Oklahoma Tornado overtook their vehicle. Richard Henderson, resident of Oklahoma, was killed by the Tornado when he went out near his home to observe the storm and take pictures. Something we didn’t know! A fifth fatality involving a likely chaser was uncovered by researchers studying the Tornado and its impacts.
12th July 2015: David and Mildred Frank were killed when a storm chaser ran a stop sign near the town and collided with their vehicle. We have to stipulate that the Franks were not chasers. The chaser survived with minor injuries and was later criminally charged, receiving a ninety-day suspended jail sentence and one year probation1.
28th March 2017: Corbin Jaeger, Kelley Williamson and Randall Yarnall died
when the Yarnall/Williamson vehicle ran a stop sign near Spur, Texas and
collided with Jaeger’s vehicle. This particular incident has been in the news
recently, as Jaeger’s family has filed a civil lawsuit against The Weather
According to the thread post, Yarnall/Williamson were chasing and live streaming in “official capacity” for The Weather Channel at the time of the crash.
Thank you to Dan Robinson and Tim Vasquez for putting this together. We learnt a lot from it and we think others will as well. That’s why we’re writing about it! We recommend that you read the replies in the thread, it’s worth it.
FYA: There is another thread on Stormtrack which lists/memorialising all storm chasers who have passed on – read here.WE URGE YOU TO TAKE A LOOK AT IT!
1: A subsequent civil suit by
the family yielded a one hundred thousand dollar judgement. Fatal accidents
have happened at the same intersection before, and residents had submitted
previous complaints. The chaser despite being in the vicinity of severe storms
and posting about them to his Facebook page prior to the accident, states he
was not “actively” chasing at the time of the accident.
WE’RE SO HYPED ABOUT THIS! The Tornadoes in this game look incredible.
Developed by Little Cloud Games, Storm Chasers is an early-access1, action-simulation game where the goal is to capture the best shots of Tornadoes without dying…
…An in-depth overview, produced by the
developers, about the game can be read below.
Be one of those intrepid storm chasers that tracks deadly tornadoes in this online multiplayer video game. Your goal is to shoot the best twisters pictures without dying because of powerful winds and flying debris. Feel the challenge of correctly forecasting and intercepting storms with the optimal vantage points before other players. Get into your car, travel through a big detailed map, activate pods and get as near as possible to snap the best photos. The features of the game can be found below:
GAME MODES – Single player missions to learn the game basis. – Online 1 vs 1, 2 vs 2 or 4 vs 4 modes to play against other storm chasers. – Multiple game mechanics: Photography, Outbreak, Tornado Control… etc.
ENVIRONMENT – Realistic tornadoes physics with strong winds and props destruction. – Big detailed map inspired by Tornado Alley landscapes. – Changing weather conditions and time of day.
GAMEPLAY – Complexe photographic evaluation algorythm: distance, focus, visible debris… etc. – Multiple cars equipped with weather radars to spot storm activity. – Tornado PODS with a flat base to measure wind velocity and direction at ground level.
Other elements of the game include:
Image gallery to manage all of your photos and share on Steam.
Editable online FM radio station to listen inside your car.
You may see a flying cow, just saying!
You can find all the system requirements here. Watch a brief Storm Chasers gameplay video below.
1: As you can see in the opening paragraph, this is an early access game. Essentially meaning, it’s on the market, however the developers are still working on it. HOWEVER…
…Having played it for a little bit already, we can firmly say it’s a lot of fun. We cannot wait to see the final product.
With that being said, You can purchase the game for yourself here. You can read more of our blogs here.
That night, the
Dayton region of Ohio was devastated by a number of Tornadoes. You can read our
coverage on the EF-4 Dayton, Ohio Tornado here. Find
more of our articles on Tornadoes that have struck the state of Ohio here.
Our thoughts, prayers and love are with the family of Kaylynn Blue.
The news comes out of Idaho Falls – the storm/Tornado enthusiast has been charged with first-degree murder. The body of a women stabbed to death and buried in her backyard was recovered during the late hours of yesterday afternoon.
Kaylynn Blue, who was thirty three was murdered sometime between late Saturday/early Sunday morning, according to Idaho Falls Police (IFP) Chief Bryce Johnso. Phillip Schwab, is accused of the crime and has been booked into the Bonneville County Jail.
Police were led to the house of Blue’s Monday morning after she had not shown up to work for two days. Co-workers contacted her family members in which they contacted IFP asking for a welfare check.
to the home and Schwab answered the door. He then led police to the garden
where Blue was buried in a shallow grave in a flower patch, according to the
IPF Chief. Schwab was taken into custody and spoke to detectives most of that
According to the IPF Chief, Schwab stabbed Blue multiple times inside the home and then took her body to the backyard. Later on that day, he’s accused of stabbing two dogs in the garage and putting them in a rubbish bag. A motive is unclear at this time.
We highly recommend that you read the below two articles on the incident.