Apr 03

Storm Chasers Honor Fallen Today in Colorado

Storm chasers from across the country are banding together today to honor one of their own. Corbin Lee Jaeger, 25, was killed in a tragic collision with two other storm chasers outside of Spur, Texas. Preliminary reports suggest that the other vehicle–containing Kelley Williamson and Randy Yarnall of Missouri, contracted by The Weather Channel–ran a stop sign before colliding with Jager’s Jeep.Unfortunately none of the three would survive the terrible accident.

Credit: Corbin’s Facebook Profile

Jaeger originally grew up and lived in Castle Rock, Colorado before moving to Arizona. He was a dedicated storm chaser who had a HAM operator’s license and used his weather skills to spot dangerous storms in order to relay vital information to the National Weather Service.

I met Corbin at the 2017 National Storm Chaser Convention and while I didn’t know him too well, his passion for weather was immediately apparent to me. He spoke of his past experiences and his desire to move back to Colorado, hopefully to the Castle Rock area and continue storm chasing the high plains of Colorado.

Credit: Mike Scantlin

The tribute for Corbin Jaeger, planned by Mike Scantlin will take place on Monday, April 3rd at 1:00 PM. The tribute will be conducted using storm spotter’s GPS beacons, which can be manually set to a specific latitude and longitude via applications like Spotter Network and Radarscope.  At 1PM, spotters from around the nation will coordinate to set their GPS beacons to light up Colorado, Jaeger’s home state, with his initials. Some participants will drive to specific locations in Colorado while others will use manual GPS settings to change their location.

Source North Texas Severe Weather


My Thoughts

Today is a day in remembrance of a young storm chaser whose life was cut short. I have strong feelings about Storm Chasing and the dangers that come with it. Corbin was out there chasing and relaying information to the National Weather Service, he didn’t care for fame or publicity, he was just out there enjoying the beauty of mother nature and weather.

I will have a larger post up about storm chasing in general at a later time, but that’s for another time. Today is for Corbin, RIP buddy!

I’ve adjusted my spotter beacon to make up part of the ‘J’ in ‘CLJ’ for today.


The Tribute Map

CLJ begins to light up the sky across Colorado Monday afternoon.

Spotters can change their beacons manually to make the letters shown here. Spotters who don’t participate shut their beacons off to “clear the air” over the tribute.



 

John R. Braddock
Storm Chaser/ Amateur Meteorologist at Mountain Wave Weather
John R. Braddock is a NOAA/NWS Certified Storm Chaser and Amateur Meteorologist living in Castle Rock, Colorado. A graduate of Colorado State University with a Bachelor's in Computer Science and a Colorado native, he specializes in short range forecasting, severe weather and mountain weather dynamics.

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