Q. When did you first become fascinated with extreme weather?
I was raised in Springfield, IL and we had a variety of weather challenges, like ice storms, blizzards, floods, and tornadoes. I was shoveling snow by the time I was seven. I was always interested in the visuals associated with these storms. When you're a kid and you're climbing a tree and then a month later it has been uprooted by a meteorological phenomenon, that leaves a lasting impression.