Welcome to DualPolWeather!

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.