Lanny Dean is a native Okie and lives just west of Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is the CEO, owner and operator of Extreme Chase Tours and the lead Tour guide. Lanny is a 26 year storm chasing veteran and one of the best storm chasing tour guides in the business. You may have seen Lanny on the hit show "Tornado Hunters" that aired on TruTV. He has appeared on many various local and national networks including: The Weather Channel, Storm Stories, CNN, ABC, Good Morning America, TLC, The Discovery Channel, MSNBC, NBC, RealTV, Inside Edition, Fox News and many other media outlets as well as many local markets throughout the United States and around the world. Lanny is also a former member of The Outlaw Chasers and he has witnessed and filmed 503 tornadoes & 12 major hurricanes to date. Lanny was awarded"Storm Chaser Of The Year" in 2005 and 2007 for his coverage of the Greensburg, KS EF-5 tornado. He is the only current storm chasing tour owner/operator to hold that award. Lanny holds a B.S. in Electronic Telecommunications Engineering with some undergrad work in Atmospheric science. He spent many years working in the media receiving many awards for his photojournalism, photography and reporting, including an Emmy nomination for his weather reporting. Lanny has been working on a scientfic project recording acoustic data in and around supercells and tornadoes and recently had an opportunity to work with the late Mr. Tim Samaras. He also worked for KJRH Channel 2 in Tulsa as their Severe Weather Reporter and Photographer, prior to KJRH, Lanny worked at KAKE-TV Channel 10 in Wichita, KS as their Severe Weather Reporter and Photographer. While working in the media Lanny also won several SPJ (Society Of Professional Journalist) awards as well as being recognized by the Oklahoma Association Of Broadcasters and The Kansas Association Of Broadcasters for his weather reporting and photography. In 2012 and 2013 Lanny and Extreme Chase Tours won Best Of Small Business Tulsa award in travel and tourism. Lanny is trained in meteorology, is a true Severe Storm Expert and is one of the best weather forecasters chasing today.
Tornadoes seen: 77+
Jeff Smith is one of our Nowcaster and business consultant for Extreme Chase Tours and a 23 year veteran stormchaser. Jeff brings this 20 plus years of storm spotting and storm chasing experience to the team in order to help provide you the best storm chase tour experience on the planet. Jeff's obsession with weather began when he was five years old as an F-3 tornado was ravaging the East side of Tulsa OK in December, 1975. He and his family watched the tornado from his bedroom window tear up the city. Since that day, Jeff has had a passion for witnessing Mother Nature's fury wherever it may take him. In elementary school, Jeff's teachers grew concerned because he was always drawing different tornadoes. Those stunts actually got his parents several phone calls from school...often resulting in a sore backside :) Jeff has seen 77 plus tornadoes. One of the most notable was on March 12, 2006 where he and chase partner TJ caught rare footage of the after dark F-3 Delaware Co. Oklahoma tornado. Jeff takes on the duty of nowcaster for us when needed. He has nowcasted for several well known chasers including owner, Lanny Dean. Jeff's radar interpretation skills are impeccable and second to none.
Chad Berryhill is an 10 year storm chasing veteran and pulls duty as one of our forecasters and nowcasters. Chad attended OSU and Oklahoma University and has some undergrad study in meteorology and sciences. He and his wife Erin, have one son who they devote their time to. Chad loves to eat (see the turkey leg in his hand?) so if you have any candy or snacks while Chad is around HIDE THEM! Chad has seen a number of tornadoes including the infamous Hennessey, Oklahoma F-3 tornado in 2010. Chad led the Extreme Chase Tours guests directly to this tornado which was their first tornado! You might hear Lanny or one of the guides talking to Chad on the phone while on tour, feel free to tell him you have a box of Mike and Ikes and he just might show up on tour with us! Some of Chad's hobbies include: spending time with his son and family, deer hunting, duck hunting, fishing, camping, welding, photography and did we mention food? You might consider him a food connoisseur!
Tornadoes seen: 15
Laura Dean Tornadoes seen: 10
Tornadoes seen: 503
Laura Dean is the wife of Lanny Dean and a 13 year storm chase veteran. She has seen a total of 10 tornadoes including the infamous Throckmorton Texas F-3 tornado from very close range. Laura is the CFO and gives complete radar and logisitic support while we are out on tour and pulls double duty reserving and booking our motel rooms. She has been trained in operational meteorology and radar support and is the backbone for Extreme Chase Tours. Laura is an avid photographer and it is one of her main passions. She also enjoys cooking, fishing and has recently started bow hunting. Laura loves nature and just being outdoors. She and Lanny have been married for almost 14 years and she has as much passion for storm chasing as anyone! You might hear Laura giving us updates while we are on tour so feel free to say hi!
Lanny Dean Storm Chasing and Tornado Tours
Omaha "The Storm Chasing Duck Dog" is our formal mascot and fearless tornado finder! He is a two year old Black Lab and Golden Retriever mix. Omaha is truly a storm chasing veteran dog and has witnessed 5 tornadoes during the Canadian Texas tornado event in 2015. While he is not on every tour, you might see him with Lanny from time to time. He is actually a formal duck retrieving dog and service dog but don't tell him that!
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Omaha Dean Tornadoes see: 5