On April 18th, 2013, Adam came face to face with a EF-1 tornado (175km/h wind speeds) while storm chasing near Melancthon, ON that launched a 7,500 square foot commercial horse stable roof at his vehicle. Thankfully, Adam escaped without injury and met up with Adam Clarke and Dave Patrick for the first time at the damage site. Adam invited Clarke and Patrick to join a new Facebook page he had the idea to start called "Ontario Tornado Watch". At the end of 2013, Skinner launched a weather technology company and successful Indiegogo app campaign called Tornado GPS. The app evolved into the fastest severe weather Text Message Alerts in Canada and that same system now powers Instant Weather.
Adam was one of the founders of Ontario Tornado Watch, he is a programmer and he is also an avid storm spotter reporting what the storm is doing on the ground so alerts can be more detailed and accurate.
Jake joined our team in late 2017. Since then he has created many of the graphics you've seen on our Facebook pages, such as the 2017 solar eclipse infographic, the Gemini Constellation graphic and the banners for each regional page. More recently, he has helped create the very website you are viewing right now!
In his free time, Jake enjoys watching cat videos and producing television with his local YourTV (a division of Cogeco) station where he also volunteers.
Suzanne P. has been a Content Creator and Editor for IW since 2017. Her love and fascination for severe weather stems back to her childhood while living in Calgary, AB at the time of the devastating July 31, 1987, Edmonton, AB 'Black Friday' tornado.
Although her background and education are in marketing and communications, she still manages to find a way to make everything about weather. Her interests include severe weather and tornadoes, photography and music.
Her favourite weather/photography/storm chaser personalities are Jim Cantore, Sean Schofer, Reed Timmer, Jeff Piotrowski, Justin Hobson, Ryan Wunsch and Dick McGowan.
Alannah joined our team at Instant Weather in August 2017 as a Forecaster. Although based in Ontario, she makes most of her custom forecasts for Newfoundland. Her love for weather started at a young age when she began researching severe weather in order to overcome her childhood fear of thunderstorms and that fear quickly turned into fascination.
Alannah received her Bachelor's Degree in Earth & Atmospheric Science from the University of Guelph in 2014 and she starts at the Broadcast/Operational Meteorology program at Mississippi State University in September.
Andrew, who joined the team in 2018 as a storm chaser, is dedicated to providing video documentation of severe weather in southern Ontario. In 2015, he participated in a storm chasing tour of Tornado Alley, where he was fortunate to witness a pair of EF-2 tornadoes in Texas. From this moment onward, he has diligently learned about severe weather to fuel his ultimate passion of chasing the Great Lakes region.
Henry G., who joined the team in the Spring of 2017, has had a passion and fascination for the weather since the age of ten, when lightning struck his family's vacation home on an island off the coast of Maine in August of 2003.
Since then he has devoted his entire life to understanding how the world works and has never been shy about sharing his passion with the world. Henry graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell in January of 2018 with a degree in Environmental, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences.
He spends his down time working his way through the Criterion Collection, reading philosophy and science fiction, photographing nature, and talking to his cats.
Leah is excited to be joining our team as of 2018. She is currently completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Physics & Atmospheric science at Dalhousie University, and loves the experience of the often-wild weather of the East coast.
While in school, Leah tries to further explore the atmospheric science community through societies, lab research, and taking frequent outings in rainstorms. In the future, she hopes to study the implications of climate change on weather.
Devon joined Instant Weather in January 2018 as a forecaster and storm chaser. Based out of Barrie, he was one of the first to report the Lucan tornado in July 2017 and has been fascinated by weather since an early age.
One of his fondest memories is sitting in his garage with his father, watching the skies as thunderstorms went by. Devon is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics and Atmospheric Science along with a Diploma in Meteorology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS.
Mike joined the team of PEI Blizzard Watch in the fall of 2015. After having witnessed the F4 tornado that went through Woodstock, Ontario in August 1979, he has been fascinated with extreme weather.
Growing up and living in Southern Ontario until the mid 90’s, his love for thunderstorms grew greater.
In the late 90’s, Mike moved to Atlantic Canada. After experiencing a few winters in Moncton, New Brunswick, he moved with his family to start a job at a transportation company in Prince Edward Island.
With thunderstorms not as prominent in Atlantic Canada, his love turned toward Nor Easter’s and extreme winter weather systems.
As a forecaster for the three Atlantic Canada pages, he has loved the ability to watch the weather and provide information to those who like the pages.
Kevin & Chantale R.
Kevin joined our team in July of 2016 bringing with him over 15 years of severe weather forecasting knowledge and experience both in Canada and the United States. Through his own research on convective profiling he hopes to increase the warning times surrounding all severe weather with a strong focus on tornadic events.
On August 24th, 2016 Kevin was instrumental in getting the fastest alerts out to residents of both LaSalle and Windsor, Ontario during the tornado that impacted both communities.
Kevin also works closely with the agricultural communities in Ontario to provide them with the latest information surrounding seasonal outlooks via Agrometeorology presentations.
His wife, Chantale, also joined our team in 2016 and actively looks after our Instagram pages in Ontario posting updates and alerts to the community. Chantale is an active storm chaser in Ontario and has had a passion for severe weather since a young age. Together they strive to keep the community safe and “weather aware”.
Lesley joined the Instant Weather team as a Moderator in the summer of 2017. While she was always fascinated by the weather, having been in the Edmonton area during the Black Friday tornado of July 31, 1987, only helped to fuel her passion for learning about severe weather.
Over the years, Lesley has participated in a local TV station’s GroundForce team and has recently become Skywarn Certified, all so she can update people when severe weather is on its way…and is very excited to do so now with IWC followers!
Her hobbies include photography, storm chasing and off-roading in her trusty Jeep, working through MetED courses to learn even more about amazing world of meteorology, and of course spending time with her very understanding husband (especially during storm season) and three crazy cats.
Tammy M. joined the team as a moderator in January 2018.
In November 2013 Tammy had discovered Ontario Tornado Watch and found it a helpful resource and great Facebook community. She was one of the first to sign up for their text service as her area has poor weather forecasting and alerting, and has found it very helpful in her job as a rural school bus driver, as well as her off-time camping travels.
Tammy overcame a learned fear of thunderstorms after observing ball lightning one night at the age of 12. Since then, storms and other interesting sky phenomena have been an ongoing source of interest and excitement. An experience in 2003 with a severe tornado-generating storm in South Dakota imbued a healthy respect for Nature’s potential, however.
Tammy’s other past-times include spoken word performance, nature photography, reading with her over-sized cat in her lap, camping road-trips with her bull terrier, and playing with spiders.
David has had a passion for weather since he was a little kid. He always had his head in the clouds and wanted to know why the weather happens and why snowstorms would miss when he planned for snow days!
David is currently a research assistant and programmer at UMass Lowell, studying for his Ph.D in Marine and Atmospheric Science. He has received both a Bachelor's and Master's in Atmospheric Science from UMass Lowell.
David spends his free time relaxing with video games or playing the piano and guitar. Rumor has it, if you are around the Faneuil Hall area in Boston during the summer, you can sometimes hear him playing.
Not pictured; Harry S., Tom S., De B., Dominic G., Brennen P., Corinne R., Kyle D., Jason B., Jong K., Ryan P., Remy M., Deanna C. G., Harry S., Steve R., Dave P., Sabrina Z.