Author Archives: David Reimer

About David Reimer

David began chasing storms in the fall of 2008 just as mobile technology was emerging. He co-founded Texas Storm Chasers in early 2009 and continues as the Owner today. Besides storm chasing David enjoys spending time with his long-time girlfriend.

David Reimer

Exciting Times ahead for TSC!

Hey there! After a very active spring I bet most of you were glad for a relatively quiet July and August.  While our page may have been a lot quieter over the past two months, we’ve been busy behind the scenes tending to website maintenance, tackling projects that we typically reserve for lazy summer days, and also looking ahead. The relatively quiet patch of weather this summer has also allowed all of us to recuperate from the very active spring we had.  As you can imagine, Jenny, Paige and I all put quite a few miles on our vehicles this spring chasing and also spent countless hours covering each storm system extensively on our website. As we approach the end of August and begin looking forward to fall, it’s time to jump back into the saddle and get ready for what could potentially be a very active fall and winter season with a potentially historic El Nino looming on the horizon. That said, I’m reaching out to provide an overall update on where we stand now with Texas Storm Chasers and an exciting new opportunity!

By far the biggest request we get from y’all is the desire for a mobile application…a TSC App. Until recently, we’ve tried resisting the urge due to the large amount of financial and technological investment required. Believe it or not, most smartphone app developers charge four figures for development – so it’s a big investment for us (personally) to take. It’s no secret Facebook has been reducing our organic reach for over two years now. We have over 430,000 followers on Facebook but we normally average around a 15,000 “reach” for our posts. We gave Facebook about $40 when we first started off in 2009 to get off the ground. To reach our full audience today, we would have to pay Facebook around $3,000 to ‘sponsor’ a TSC post onto each individual’s newsfeed. That fee is per post – one status or photo. Obviously that’s not going to happen – although I understand their need to please shareholders.

So earlier this month we began looking at developing a mobile application for Texas Storm Chasers, which we feel would substantially increase our reach each day.  There are a few solutions out there ranging from a professional development team heading the project, to some sort of self-guided attempt on my part. Depending on which path we take will determine how long it is before our TSC App is released. I’m not even going to guess how long that will take right now because I simply don’t know yet. I would hope it would be by the winter season but time, and most importantly finances, will tell. We plan on our TSC App being free with in-app advertising. A couple features we’re looking at include our weather radar fully integrated into the app, optional push-notifications, easy weather blog viewing, and much more!

That leads us to the next topic of discussion…how to generate the revenue needed to hire a professional app developer.  After much discussion, we’ve decided to open up the opportunity for businesses to purchase advertising space on our website. With the exception of a few brief episodes of sponsorship in the past, we’ve always used ads from a third-party agency on our website to generate income.  Compared to 2013 and 2014 levels, we’ve seen a noticeable increase in website traffic this year. We’ve had over 4.19 million page views so far this year with 1.66 million users. Right now, we are in the process of putting the finishing touches on our new TSC Advertising Program. Our program will be available to quality organizations/brands wanting to get their name/product out to those 1.66+ million users visiting our website.  Our plan is to begin rolling our new TSC Advertising Program the last half of September 2015. Be on the lookout for an ‘Advertise With Us!’ link on our website later in September which will include contact information and information for prospective advertisers.  This upcoming program will allow us to improve the user’s experience by allowing quality advertising only.

Last but not least, we are working to enhance our daily email system. These daily emails are automatically generated each morning and contain articles published on our blog over the preceding day…but sometimes, that timing just doesn’t work with real-time weather reporting.  So, we’re considering changing this service over to a daily manual email – meaning we would send out the email manually with content to better control content and timing of delivery. One advantage to the manual method is that all content will be fresh. A disadvantage is I can’t guarantee the email will be sent out every day without interruption as it will depend on how busy we are covering whatever severe weather is happening at that time.  Let us know what you think and what changes you recommend for our daily newsletter.  Either way we will be sprucing it up over the next week or two.

With the fall season not too far away we’re excited about our upcoming changes and additions! It could be a wild ride this winter, and I hope you’ll join us for that ride.  As always we appreciate each one of you for following us. Whether it be for our storm photography or Texas weather information – maybe both – we continue to be astonished at how much we’ve grown since our founding in 2009. From all of us here at TSC – Jenny, Paige, and myself – have a great day and thanks for making us a part of your day!

– David Reimer

10 Years Ago Today – Catastrophic Katrina Reaches Her Peak

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Hurricane Katrina. That phrase brings up memories in nearly every person. Most focus on the man-made disaster in New Orleans. Many don’t realize New Orleans actually got a skirting blow from the weaker side of the storm. Mississippi took the brunt of what Katrina had to offer and it was absolutely devastating. We’ll talk more about the impacts to Mississippi and the Gulf Coast tomorrow as we continue to relive Katrina 10 years later.

During the morning hours of August 28, 2005 Katrina became a Category 5 hurricane. Maximum sustained winds reached 175 MPH with gusts easily exceeding 200 MPH – the strength of an EF5 tornado. Less than 24 hours remained before the eye of Katrina would make landfall in southeast Louisiana. On Sunday morning The National Weather Service in New Orleans issued a strongly worded statement. This statement went down in the history books and was credited with saving lives.

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Katrina was not only powerful – it was large. Sustained tropical storm force winds of 38+ MPH extended over 200 miles out from the eye with 74+ MPH winds emanating 100 miles out in each direction. All that wind helped push water which resulted in a historic, cataclysmic storm surge along with Mississippi Gulf Coast of nearly 30 feet. We’ll talk more about Katrina’s landfall tomorrow along with the impacts she brought not only to the Gulf Coast – but to all of Texas too.

Rogue Storm Chances Return with More Hot Temperatures

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Probability of showers and/or thunderstorms through 7 PM

Probability of showers and/or thunderstorms through 7 PM

Probability of showers and/or thunderstorms from 7 PM today through 7 AM Saturday

Probability of showers and/or thunderstorms from 7 PM today through 7 AM Saturday

Congratulations on making it to the end of the work week! We’re going to have isolated shower and thunderstorm chances today across West Texas east into Northwest Texas. Nothing major expected in terms of thunderstorm intensity today. Isolated to scattered storms are possible tonight across Far West Texas, West Texas, Northwest Texas, and the Red River valley along US-82 towards Paris. Again severe weather is not expected with this activity and a vast majority of folks will stay dry.

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Temperatures will climb into the upper 80s across the Texas Panhandle, low to middle 90s across West Texas, Northeast Texas, East Texas, and Southeast Texas. Folks across the Concho Valley, Big Country, Northwest Texas, North Texas, Central Texas, Deep South Texas, and the Rio Grande Valley will make it through the upper 90s with a few 100 to 102 degree peaks today.

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For tonight we’ll see temperatures fall back into the 60s across the Texas Panhandle, West Texas, far Southeast Texas, and even parts of South Texas around Corpus Christi. The remainder of the state will have low to mid 70s for low temperatures by Saturday morning.

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Tropical Storm Erika is very disorganized this morning. The hurricane hunter crews out in the storm are having difficulty finding a defined low-level circulation – meaning Erika may already have degenerated into an open wave. Regardless its still producing flooding rains and gusty winds in Puerto Rico. The latest forecast takes it over Hispaniola and into Florida by this upcoming weekend. Due to the poor organization of Erika and a continued interaction with land it is no longer expected to become a hurricane. If it is able to make it to Florida it will likely be a weakish tropical storm with flooding rains the big threat. South Florida is in severe drought and this would be what the doctor ordered. We’ll keep an eye on it over the next few days – assuming it doesn’t flat out dissipate later today.

Mostly Dry & Hot Today; Watching Erika for our Atlantic Neighbors

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Temperatures will top out at or a few degrees above average this afternoon across Texas with 93 to 102 degrees expected. Heat index values may be a tad warmer in the more humid environments. The Alpine Mountains will be in the 80s to around 90 degrees.

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Chance of rain/storms Today

Chance of rain/storms Tonight

Chance of rain/storms Tonight

The only storm chances today and tonight will be across the northwestern half of the Texas Panhandle. We’ll be watching for storms to fire up in New Mexico and north of the region. Those storms could move east/southeast into portions of the Texas Panhandle tonight. Severe weather is not expected.

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For tonight temperatures will fall back down to or a few degrees below seasonal averages with 63 to 75 degrees. Folks across East and Southeast Teas will actually be relatively cool tonight with temperatures falling back into the mid and upper 60s. THe warmest spots will be the Concho Valley into Northwest Teas with mid 70s.

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Tropical Storm Erika strengthened a bit overnight and is located near Guadeloupe. The system continues to book it west and we should see it turn northwest later today with a quick forward speed. Erika is going to have to deal with unfavorable wind shear and terrain issues over the next day or two. I don’t anticipate a whole lot of strengthening until the weekend. There remains a chance Erika will get sheared apart – but that probability is diminishing after it actually organized overnight compared to weakening. The National Hurricane Center has Erika as a hurricane just east if Miami by late Sunday Night and east of Daytona Beach by late Monday night moving north. Assuming it begins a turn to the northeast around that point it could become a significant threat to the Carolinas. It should be noted that if Erika can survive the next two days it will be moving into an environment quite favorable for intensification. Those along the Atlantic side of Florida along with the Carolinas need to monitor this system closely.

Typical August Weather Today; Watching Tropical Storm #Erika

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After three days of thunderstorms producing localized wind damage across parts of the state we’re going to see coverage die down today. Central, South-Central, and Southeast Texas still have a 10 to 20 percent chance of storms this afternoon. Compared to the 30 to 40 percent chances on Monday and Tuesday we’ll see less activity today. By tonight rain chances will be near zero across all of Texas.

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Temperatures will climb into the 90s this afternoon with 100-101 degrees across the Permian Basin and Deep South Texas. Another decently cool night across Northeast Texas later on wiht low 60s. Mid to upper 60s across the Texas Panhandle and West Texas plus the Alpine Mountains. Everyone else will be in the mid 70s for overnight lows into Thursday morning.

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Tropical Storm Erika remains relatively disorganized this morning east of the LEsser Antilles in the Atlantic. Several hurricane hunter flights have been keeping a close eye on the system. Wind shear and bouts of dry air are keeping the system from organizing. We do not anticipate much in the way of strengthening over the next two days as Erika continues to struggle for life. I would not be surprised to see the system succumb to wind shear and degenerate into a tropical wave.

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However if Erika does survive the next two to three days (which is a 50/50 chance) then Southern Florida has a real threat of being impacted by the storm. As Erika moves north of the Dominican Republic this weekend conditions will become much more favorable for development. By Sunday Night the National Hurricane Center has Erika on miami’s doorstep as a hurricane. There remains considerable uncertainty with this storm or even if it will survive the next two days. Without a doubt though a lot of folks will be keeping a close eye on things. I recommend you do the same if you’re heading to southern Florida this weekend or early next week.

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