There is something that I find very appealing about getting close to these magnificent and powerful storms. This is probably due to my childhood experiences of severe weather. My earliest memory, as a four year old, is living through Tropical Cyclone Joan, which devastated Port Headland in 1975.  See here for info about TC Joan.

But it was my experience of TC Chloe that got me hooked.  I was working at Kurri Bay when Chloe passed south of us. We had to bunker down in a corrugated iron recreation hall, with all the camp mattress lining the walls. It was quite the experience. On the flight back to Broome, we could see the path of destruction left by the eye, which was about 30km wide.  It was quite a sight. See here for info about TC Chloe.

So why Storm chasing? Probably because it combines my passion for photography, severe weather and driving.  It also allows me to get out into the bush.  The Wheatbelt is an amazing place for photography and any excuse to get out there is welcome.  It is also a passion shared by my eldest son, Connor.

If you are interested in purcahsing any of my images, you can contact me from me photography page @  Matt Fricker Photography and we can discuss what you are interested in.