I’ve been chasing in the States several times. And each time I’ve had the pleasure to chase with four colourful, amusing and pleasant Americans, that are the Florida based chaseteam Warmsector.
Warmsector consists of four American chasers from Gainsville in Northern Florida. The three siblings Paul, Sarah and Marc, and Sharon, who is married to Marc.
The past six years the quartet has chased all over the States in their pursuit of tornadoes. In the beginning they kept their distance and filmed and watch the storms from a safe distance. But over the years they have moved closer and closer to the supercells to get a glimpse of rotation and shearmarkers. I’ve had the privilege to follow them in under the storms, in to the core, where the danger is big, but the reward and the experience even bigger.
The reason that Warmsector has been able to keep the group together for so many years, is largely due to the fact that they have been good at delegating the responsibilities.
On my trip in may 2007 in my capacity of chariman of The Danish Severe Weather Society, I presented the members of Warmcetor.com with our caps. Watch them receiving the presents.
Below I’ve tried to make a brief description of them, as well as their role in the group.
Paul is the absent-minded professorlike type, who has an incredible knowlegde about especially convective weather. He is the one, you listen to, when a target area is to be found. He’s brilliant at reading the charts and pressing the very last bit of information out of them. And he is not affraid of sharing this knowledge and consulting other people, including me, even though I’m by far not as experienced as him.
Paul loves ”Bananadream” and coffee.
Sarah is the happy and always smiling person, who makes sure that the rest of the group is fine. She also has a huge knowledge about convective weather. Her role in the group is to film and catalog all the captured material, which she carries out very carefully. This year she made sure that I got something to eat, when the chase was at its height. Sarah is a very dear friend.
Marc is the neardy and a little bit crazy chaser with an email-address that begins with creepyboy! He will soon graduate as meteorologist and naturally knows a lot about the weather in general and covective. Marc is also good at reading the charts and work out covective forecasts. Like the rest of the group he also has devoted his life to chasing. He’s a good friend and a stunning photographer.
Sharon is Marc’s wife. She joined the group a little later and has said that is wasn’t easy to be accepted by the others. But today she has found her place in the group, that is first and foremost as navigator. This has from time to time given rise to the very famous u-turns, that characterize the chaseteam! Sharon is a nice girl with a cute face and a sweet smile. But looks can be deceiving, and make no mistake. She is very much capable of cutting things short and making though decision. Something that from time to time is necessary, when there is disagreement in the quartet. Sharon is both pleasant and funny to be around.
Warmsector has become my very close American friends, whom I keep in touch with. And I’m sure we haven’t chased together for the last time.
I just want to thank all of you for everything you have done for me! And I look forward to seeing you again soon.
If you want to know more about Warmsector, go to their web page by clicking here.