I finally decided to hop on the weather blog train. I know a lot of chasers have blogs for an outlet of thoughts and to post chase logs. After nearly 6 years of chasing, I figured I would give it a try.
What is behind the name DualPolWeather? Not much really. It is just a clever (in my opinion anyways) way to tie in weather terminology with my last name, Poling. I can’t take credit for the name as it was thought of by another chaser friend, but they have allowed me to use it haha.
So where do I begin? Well, let’s start with what got me into storm chasing, shall we?
I remember always being into weather. As a small child, I was actually afraid of storms. I was about 10 years old when things turned around. Twister came out just before my 10th birthday, and as a way to try and curb my fear of storms, my parents took me to see the movie. However, I don’t think they meant to turn my fear into something I can’t get enough of! I was intrigued. That fear turned into curiosity. Growing up in the Chicago viewing area (NW Indiana) I was used to watching Tom Skilling on WGN giving the weather forecast. I would pretend to give my own forecasts when no one was around haha. I would stand in front of the television with the house phone…the old ones with the pull-out metal antennae. I would use the antennae to point out stuff on my ‘forecast’. I knew early on in high school that I wanted to go into meteorology when I go to college, and I knew where I wanted to go…and applied to only one college. In 2004, I started my meteorology degree at Valparaiso University. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. Sophomore year was the true test for all met majors. I unfortunately did not pass that test. I did not do as well as I had hoped in Calculus, and therefore did not continue with a meteorology degree. I instead opted for a Geoscience degree which was an interdisciplinary degree combining geology, geography, and meteorology. I graduated in May 2008 and moved to the Nashville area 5 months later after accepting a job there. I would start chasing a few months later.
So there is the little background story on how I got my start in weather and chasing.