OKLAHOMA/TEXAS -- This weekend News 12's storm chaser Chad Vandever and his chasing partner will be out tracking down severe storms that could possibly produce tornadoes. Our own Kristen Shanahan went chasing storms with them earlier this week and brings us a behind the scenes look.
Meet News 12 Storm Chaser Chad Vandever and his chasing partner and cameraman Albert Blocker.
"I love to chase because I love seeing what Mother Nature has in store for us, as well as letting the Weather Service know what's happening on the ground," Vandever said.
"Definitely helping people out is to me, very, if not the most important part of what we're doing," Blocker said.
Wednesday's chase took us from Frederick, Oklahoma south of the Red River near Wichita Falls and then north of Lawton. We did not see any tornadoes touch down, but we did see a supercell.
Chief Meteorologist Steve LaNore says storm chasers tracking dangerous storms live provides vital information.
"If we're carrying live video of a storm chase and that storm begins to produce a tornado you've got the very best warning possible, an eye witness of that," LaNore said.
Tracking storms is not easy. Not only are storm chasers spending hours on the road away from home, but they are putting their lives on the line. Vandever says for him the risk is worth it.
"There are those rare instances where you go to your location and you see beautiful supercells, you see large hail and tornadoes and on top of that you're able to get the advanced warnings out," Vandever said.
Vandever is a trained strom chaser and urges people who are not trained to not go outside and chase severe storms.