Summer is traditionally a quiet time for Forrester Media. With schools out and vacations underway, we take advantage of the down time and head off for a vacation as well.
But it's not all fun and games. We're still working and this summer I spent a few weeks in the Midwest - not on vacation but for coverage of the unfortunate severe weather that struck the Oklahoma City area. In years past, I was lucky that all my storm chasing adventures were in remote areas that affected only some fence lines and inconvenienced a cow or two.
This year, Moore, Oklahoma was hit by an EF-5 tornado, causing horrible devastation. In 1999, another tornado also hit Moore just a few miles away. After the Moore tornado this year, I was in Oklahoma chasing with Meteorologist Jim Cantore and a cameraman. This trip, instead of shooting, my role was field producer, coordinating with the news desk, arranging for live shots, taped segments and other needed elements for The Weather Channel.
We chased for several days with Reed Timmer and his Dominator chase vehicles and while we found plenty of severe weather, tornadoes eluded us.
Jim had schedule conflicts, so on Friday morning, May 31st, we had to fly to Atlanta. At the airport, we discussed ditching our flight back, but in the end, we all boarded and left OKC around Noon, just hours before friends and colleagues would be in harm's way.
Check back for Part Two next week.