The Journey Begins
The weather needs respect around Dallas, when on August 2, 1985, Delta Flight 191 crashes on final approach because of wind shear from a severe thunderstorm. The media covered the story for days and a 12-year-old just moving to Dallas had his life changed forever.
You immediately respect the power of the weather in Dallas. After spending 10 years of his life in California, the boy never expected to see such a force in nature. California has hail and thunderstorms, but there is always a feeling of control. Weather in Dallas seems to ebb and flow at a much faster pace than out west. They like to say that if you do not like the weather in Dallas, wait five minutes and it will change.
The Lightning Learning Curve
Over the years that boy watched many storms cross the Dallas area, with some producing severe weather and some just causing heavy rain. Things change in a person when they get a taste of the power of Dallas weather. The most unrestrained feeling is the sound of thunder. It rolls where it may and moves with a force that can not be seen. Lightning only signals the coming sound of freedom. The flash of lightning lights up the sky and separates invisible molecules in the air. Thunder quickly sounds the rebuilding of new invisible molecular compounds being carried by the rain. What was once just water is now a nitrate molecule that is carrying water and free nitrogen. There are many different aspects to the weather in Dallas.
Wait, There Is More?
That boy grew up always observing the different forms of devastation that nature placed upon Dallas. Sometimes it would come in the form of large hail or a straight line wind event. He really found tornadoes to be the tiger that needed to be tamed. You see a cloud hanging in the sky and think, that is beautiful, but do not realize the force hidden within it. Those little wisps of clouds come together and once they reach the ground do unspeakable damage to life and property. In 1988, he saw first hand what a tornado could do as one landed in his back field. The storm destroyed his skate ramp and laid a tree on the roof of his house. He remembers the local meteorologists calling it straight line winds, while his neighbors showed him photos of the tornado. From then on, he realized how meteorologists cover up facts and down play storm impacts. He made it his obsession to learn the weather in Dallas and one day bring that knowledge to the profession.