RICHARD GROSS: LEAD FORECASTER & STORM CHASER
Hi my name is Richard, and I have been a member of the storm chasing community since 1998. I witnessed my first tornado on June 2, 1990 in a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio at the age of 9, and I developed an all out passion for extreme weather. I began my career chasing small and brief tornadoes throughout the Midwest and Ohio Valley regions. Since then, I have intercepted tornadoes across 11 states, with the many of them in Tornado and Dixie Alley. In 2018 we captured tornadoes in Tescott, KS, Russelville, AL, and Madison County, IN. Along with severe weather and tornadoes, I forecast and monitor winter weather hazards across the world in order to sharpen my weather tool belt. Tornado Alley is an amazing place to set up and capture mother nature. I teamed up with my lovely wife Mandy in April of 2016 to build a small family-oriented community at Severe Weather Country, where weather enthusiasts can get together and enjoy the weather at its most extreme levels. Mandy and I are also committed to supporting the pursuit of severe weather awareness and advancements in tornado research and analysis. In addition to chasing extreme weather, I enjoy photography, sports, and spending time with my wife and children.
MANDY GROSS: PHOTOGRAPHER & STORM CHASER
Hi, my name is Mandy. My passion for over 20 years has been photography. While experiencing severe weather in my hometown, I frequently pulled my camera out to capture the beauty of mother nature. During tornado outbreaks in 2011 and 2012, my passion for photography met with the wonder and excitement of chasing supercells and tornadoes. Chasing storms in Tornado Alley in pursuit of the next big "shot" was something I knew I wanted to do. In 2016, I teamed up with my husband Richard to launch SWC Expeditions. I organize all travel arrangements for each tour, and take pride in ensuring that our guests are comfortable and relaxed. I spend a significant amount of time analyzing potential travel disruptions and I focus on finding the best hotel accomodations along our route. I also assist Richard in real-time navigation and logistics. In addition to photography, I enjoy wildlife, scenic nature, and spending time with my husband and children.