Student Learns from 2006 Storm
Limpert worked mostly behind the scenes on that stormy day of March 12, 2006.
"I'm proud to say I helped someone find the way to a Sedalia tornado, earlier in the day, and to see that developing and go through its life cycles," Limpert said. "I was watching this on radar, and I did take a few peaks outside."
But as Limpert points out, radar beams are 8000 feet above the ground.
As a result, Limpert said, "You don't get a good idea of what kind of rotation you are seeing in the low levels of the atmosphere, and in particular, that is what we are concerned about because its that low level rotation that could be the parent circulation of the tornado."
By the time he went out into the severe weather last March, Limpert said, "I didn't get to see a tornado on March 12 because I kind of got stuck behind the cells to try to stay safe because that's really the number one rule in chasing is to do everything you can to stay safe, and to not become a victim of the roads or of the storm."
Limpert sees storm chasing as providing a public service.
"When we see it, we relay those reports and information along to local emergency management, and on to the national weather service, so people in those areas can be alerted," Limpert said.
One year later, Limpert said it is important to be prepared for severe weather because tornados can strike at any time of the day and at any time of the year.