National Storm Chaser Convention

Denver, Colorado 2014

The National Storm Chaser Convention (ChaserCon) was held in Denver, Colorado on February 14 - 16, 2014. Over 400 people attended the sold out conference. I enjoyed seeing old friends and meeting new storm chasers. The emphasis this year was on the tragic El Reno storm and the importance of safety. As usual, the speakers were very good including Mike Bettes and Dr. Greg Forbes of The Weather Channel, Jon Davies, Dr. Howie Bluestein, Tim Marshall, Dr. Chuck Doswell, Dr. Jason Persoff, and Chris Novy. At the Saturday night dinner, there was a detailed analysis of El Reno tornado and the events surrounding the deaths of Tim Samaras, Paul Samaras and Carl Young by Marc Austin and Gabe Garfield. There was also a poignant tribute by the meteorologists and by Tim's widow and Carl's father in law.

Thanks to Roger Hill and the other organizers for organizing the conference. Also, thanks to the speakers and sponsors.

Friday icebreaker

Jon Davies tornado
forecasting class

Partying Friday night

AM view of Denver

Roger Hill & Mike Bettes

Mike Bettes' vehicle position
after tornado impact

Jon Davies

Anything Weather during break

Jeff and Kathryn Piotrowski

Never Stop Saving Animal
Disaster Rescue Transport

Colorado ARES

Dr. Chuck Doswell

Dr Greg Forbes

Glenn Geise

Tim Marshall as Sharknado

Dr. Chuck Doswell

Baron Services

Storm Assist raising money
for storm victims

The Banquet Dinner

Table in honor of
Tim, Paul and Carl

Setting up for video night

Roger Hill

Marc Austin & Gabe Garfield

Tim's wife and Carl's
father in law

I am with Dave Hoadley

Partying Saturday night

After a toast to Tim
Paul and Carl

Dr. Jason Persoff

Chris Novy

All photos (Canon S100 point and shoot), copyright 2014 William T. Hark, M.D.

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