About Find The Tornado
Storm Chaser - Andy Gabrielson
Founder of "FindTheTornado". Born on February 19, 1987, I grew up in Luverne, MN on the family farm. I have daughter who was born on November 19, 2008 and am very proud dad. I relocate to Oklahoma City, OK for spring storms however I will go back to the family farm during the summer months as the storm pattern changes, eventually returning to Oklahoma in the fall for some fall action!
I have storm chased since 2003 but my passion for extended long before that, dating all the way back to 1993 when my dad (Greg) and myself witnessed a tornado roughly 2 miles west of our home. Since then I have had a passion to learn more, study, and document the weather. Which leads me to where I am for 2011 with live streaming video coming to my site from SevereStudios.com where I am an associate chaser and greatly value that opportunity. During my life I have witnessed over 150 tornadoes and have chased in 24 states and covered over 180,000 miles.
I have captured some of the most extreme tornado footage in the past few seasons and it has been a pleasure meeting some of the best people in the world while doing so. I have stock footage in full HD quality, I have an arsenal of HD cameras including the HC-7, HVR-V1U, and FX-1000...In 2011 I was one of a few select chasers to be a part of The Weather Channel's "Great Tornado Hunt".My footage has been shown world wide on several occasions, March 8th Hammon, OK, August 7th Wilkin County MN to name a couple of those. I have been interviewed by Anderson Cooper, Reynolds Wolf, Jim Cantore, and so many others! FOX News, MSNBC, CNN, The Today Show, TWC, and multiple local networks, it's incredible to be able to talk with some of the most talented and professional news anchors in the country on a variety of shows, I am truly honored to have the opportunities I have had. This year I was truly honored to have won a Regional Emmy® Award! Sharing that honor with Jonathan Wachter and Shawn Cable two very talented people in their field as well with a store called "Way Too Close" which featured by August 7th, 2010 Wilkin County tornado video. Thank you so much for those of you who have followed along for the ride of twitter/facebook/or right here at FindTheTornado.com
Some of my past work and life experience includes graduating from high school in 2005 from Southwest Minnesota Christian High School in Edgerton, MN. I have worked and helped on the family farm for many years and plan to continue to work in the ag related field for some time. I also worked a part time job as an on-air talent at the radio station here in Luverne in 2006. Outside of Storm Chasing I am attending college for a major in business. I plan to continue my education after that by attending more advanced schooling for media or agriculture. Making a career out of storm chasing has been a challenge however things are going along fairly well and the business training has helped alot along with support from my family and friends. You might even catch me racing an IMCA Stock Car periodically yet, I have raced on and off since 2003! Thanks everyone!
About "FindTheTornado" from Andy - "When I was thinking about starting a website back in 2007, I was trying to think of clever website ideas or something easy to remember. I kept my goal in mind which was obviously to chase and track down tornadoes. Finding the tornado is the ultimate goal on any chase day for me, so I came up with FindTheTornado.com as my website. Since the early stages the goal has sort of morphed from just capturing a tornado, to capturing a tornado up close. Extreme tornado video from within 100 yards is my goal now, and although I love seeing a tornado from a mile or two away and doing timelapse, the up close is really intense. I certainly do not suggest anyone get that close to tornadoes, its extremely dangerous, thats all I can really say about that. Moving into the future I hope that FindTheTornado is something people enjoy visiting, we hope to offer a good product that speaks volumes, if we can do that, we are continuing to be succesful."