Storm Chaser to Speak at William Woods

Acclaimed storm chaser Roger Hill will speak at William Woods University Feb. 5. His talk is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center. As part of the President’s Concert and Lecture Series, his talk is free and open to the public.

Hill plans to show a short slide show, followed by a video titled “A Day in the Life of a Storm Chaser.” It will chronicle three different “chases” that have varied intense endings to show the audience what it is like to chase.

He lives east of Denver, Colo., in the heart of the high plains where tornadoes and supercells rule. He has been chasing for nearly 20 years. He has seen and videotaped 288 tornadoes in his chasing career.

In 2004, Hill and his wife videoed 53 tornadoes, which is being validated for a Guinness Book World Record. He spends an average of 120 days between March and October chasing, operating tours and shooting video for various media outlets. He has also been a probe driver for various National Severe Storms Laboratory projects and teaches SKYWARN training at several locations across the plains.

Hill has been contracted by the Weather Channel for the past 10 years to shoot and edit video of everything from tornadoes to floods to blizzards and hailstorms. He has also done much work for the Discovery Channel, the Learning Channel, National Geographic, the Travel Channel, NOVA, BBC and several more.