For Meteorologists and stormchasers, severe weather season rolled into the South Plains Friday evening. KCBD NewsChannel 11's stormchaser David Drummond welcomed the conditions, as he rolled out his new stormchasing vehicle.
It's taken two months and some 300 hours to get the chaser up and ready. It comes fully stocked with state of the art technology.
"It's kind of a mobile office for storm chasing. I work out of it." Drummond said.
Friday evening, he took it out on its first official run. His first chase took him north of the community of Lorenzo, where the lightning and thunder were in full force. However, not every chase he conducts produces a storm.
"There's a lot of driving and waiting and sitting for that few minutes of action you see on TV," Drummond said.
He describes many of his chases as "hurry up and wait." Drummond says he doesn't care because he's along for the thrill and loves what he does.
"Every time I go out, I see something different and awesome. Sometimes, more awesome than others. Sometimes very exciting things happen and sometimes I go home with just a great sunset photo. But, I don't care, it's all great," Drummond said.
With the help of his new stormchasing unit, the sky's the limit for Drummond, whether those skies produce storms or not.
For an in-depth look at Drummond's new stormchasing unit, check out the video on KCBD's Facebook page.
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