About Me

Hi, my name is Michael Phelps (I like to think of myself as the “original” Michael Phelps), and I have been a professional extreme weather photographer and meteorologist for more than two decades.

This severe weather season I am once again documenting severe weather events across the United States. I will be streaming my storm chases live on http://www.severestudios.com/livechase/ and http://www.ustream.tv/channel/mike-phelps-mobile-weather-stream. I will also be doing live reports from the field as life and property-threatening weather approaches. If you are interested in licensing my live streams, video, photographs or live reports, please contact me.

Over the past 25 years I have videotaped and photographed 145 tornadoes and five major hurricanes, as well as hundreds of other severe and unusual weather events in every season. My videotape library contains more than 150 hours of stunning, high-quality weather and nature video shot on hi-8 and mini DV format. My photography collection contains more than 3,000 digital and 35mm photographs.

My professional resume includes seven years as a meteorologist at The Weather Channel in Atlanta, Georgia; four years as an on-air meteorologist at KAKE-TV in Wichita, Kansas; one year as an on-site meteorologist for the PGA Tour; three years as a science teacher; and as a freelance broadcast audio specialist for the Olympics every two years.

For the past 20 years I have owned and operated an extreme weather and videography business specializing in current and stock video sales to more than 20 clients across the world. These clients include The Weather Channel, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, Fox News, the BBC, NKB Japan, Real TV, Inside Edition, Pioneer Productions, and Towers Productions.

I also do freelance writing assignments for publications, and serve as a weather consultant to other photographers, videographers and storm chasers tracking and shooting severe weather.

In the near future I plan on conducting extreme weather and landscape photography tours. During these one and two week tours I will take professional and amateur photographers to extreme weather events and dramatic landscapes to get photographs and video of some of the most dramatic and awe-inspiring scenes that nature has to offer. Tours will begin in the spring and summer of 2009 or 2010. If you are interested, or would like more information then please feel free to contact me.


8 Responses to “About Me”

  1. alcoholya Says:

    sounds like a great idear for a blog…hopefully a start to a long and fruitful blogging experience. Im in chattanooga and will follow as long as the content keeps coming.

    • stormstream Says:

      Thanks! I’m hoping to keep the blog updated almost daily, even if I’m not chasing that day, so stay tuned!

  2. KimTwister Says:

    hey mike great blog here hope u and your wife have a happy mothers day and keep up the good work

    happy chasing good luck hey call me sometime

    your chase bud KimTwister

  3. As always the consummate professional. The epitome of storm chasers. I learned a lot from this guy while we worked together at The Weather Channel and am glad to call him my peer and friend. I only wish we could storm chase together just once…beef jerky and Mountain Dew…touring the “Cow Palace” and finding the “stove pipe” EF5 out in the middle of nowhere (away from hurting anyone/anything) from beginning stages to the end…maybe someday buddy! Keep up the great work!


    • stormstream Says:

      Thanks so much for the kind words Ken. I may be staying in the Cow Palace tonight!

      EDIT: I didn’t stay at the Cow Palace Inn, but I did stay at a really nice place called the Country Acres RV Park and Motel. Very nice, and quiet rooms for only $58 a night. Two thumbs up!

  4. liftofflady Says:

    Great blog Mike. Hope you end the chase season with great memories and geared up for hurricane season.

    • stormstream Says:

      Thanks. A hurricane chase or two before I head back to work the second week of August would be awesome.

  5. Kathy Thompson Says:

    I followed you when you were in Wichita.. I missed you when you left!! I hope to see you around the area this year… I am a rookie chaser and leave the big chasing for people like you that know what they are doing!! I enjoy taking pictures of storm clouds but dont worry.. I stay out of the way! LOL
    Keep up the good work.. I hope life is treating you well..
    We are in Hutchinson.. looking forward to the tornado season!!
    Take care!!


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