ARKANSAS STORM CHASER MICHAEL HOOK
Listen to my weather forecast each weekday morning at 6:20 AM on "The Show With No Name" KABZ 103.7 FM in Little Rock, Arkansas. Watch my live stream when I'm out chasing severe weather on my live storm chasing page (coming soon).
I am a native of San Jose, California. A place where the weather is pretty boring unless you like sunshine and mild temperatures. I’ve lived in California, Alaska, and Arkansas and have observed many types of extreme weather, ranging from sub-zero temperatures to blizzards, hurricanes, floods, severe thunderstorms, and tornadoes. Although not weather related, I’ve also experienced several earthquakes.
While living in Alaska I endured temperatures as low as -61 and snowfall of 50″ in 48 hours. My passion is storm chasing but I’m a weather enthusiast as well. Although I am not a meteorologist, I’ve spent years studying the atmosphere and through my time living in Arkansas I’ve gained valuable knowledge on our state’s weather patterns and use that knowledge to build my daily weather forecasts.
When severe weather threatens, if I’m not out in it, I spend my time sending out the most up-to-date weather information via social media in an effort to enhance the early warning network of the National Weather Service.
The lowest actual air temperature I've experienced was -61 degrees while living in Delta Junction Alaska in 1976
My total tornado count is 38 as of 12/31/2017. The most I've seen in one day is 5 in May of 2017 in northern Oklahoma.
My Top Three
1Chasing extreme weather is one of my favorite things to do. Whether it's hunting severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, or trying to get into the heaviest snow band I can find, I try to get out and experience the amazing weather we have in Arkansas and the United States. My top chase experience has to be the El Reno tornado event of May 30, 2013. Although I didn't see the El Reno EF-3 tornado directly, I did experience the parent supercell and an additional EF-2 tornado near Mustang Oklahoma including a 108-mph wind gust as that tornado moved near me.
2My second favorite extreme weather event was on May 18, 2017 when I was lucky enough to observe 4 tornadoes and one funnel cloud in Oklahoma. A couple of long tracked supercells produced the tornadoes as they moved NE across north-central Oklahoma. This ranks as the most tornadoes I've seen in one day and ties a 4-tornado event on May 19, 2013 in Kansas which produced and EF-2 and I saw the birth of what would eventually become an EF-4 tornado along with a storm that produced two tornadoes and eventually an EF-3 tornado near Wichita Kansas.
3My third favorite chase day is actually a tie between the super outbreak in Arkansas on January 21, 1999 when 56 tornadoes were produced setting the record in Arkansas and the April 27, 2014 Western Pulaski County/Mayflower/Vilonia tornado. During the January 1st outbreak, I witnessed a tornado near Maumelle and also saw the EF-3 tornado move through the eastern portions of Little Rock that evening. During the April 27th event, I was positioned just north of Mayflower but trees along the interstate did not allow me to see the full funnel. I did clock 50+ mph winds with trees falling just to my south.