My name is Mark Dawson and my main purpose for creating this website is to share my experiences with weather and the environment, as well as documenting these events for future recollection. Whilst photography has become a hobby of mine over recent years, I wouldn’t as yet call it a passion, as I much prefer capturing rare and unique and/or interesting events, rather than specifically wanting to capture just art. Whilst I will spend some mornings and evenings out taking landscape photographs, I feel more obliged to head out when we have weather of interest such as fog or storms, rather than just purely for a sunset. The times I do head out is usually just for some relaxing time with nature. Having said that, I do enjoy the time I spend behind the camera, being such a rewarding hobby when you do capture an amazing moment in time, and others can appreciate the photograph, it’s a nice feeling.
My ramblings are generally speaking, purely my own thoughts and observations of things and therefore there will likely be times where what I have written will be incorrect. However a pet hate of mine has always been incorrectly, and especially exaggerated reports when it comes to weather, and I have always prided myself on reporting these events as accurately and as honestly as I can. When I’m out chasing weather as I so often do, my mind is always recording the conditions, down to what wind and temperature is doing by the minute, even humidity if I have the appropriate equipment on me. Weather wasn’t my first deep interest, geology was and I used to spend a lot of time as a kid collecting rocks. However I always found deep interest in watching disaster shows, seeing floods, storms etc. I was however, very scared of thunderstorms at a young age, but I always found lightning beautiful. I overcome this fear by standing outside during an hour long thunderstorms in Port Pirie around the age of 7 and since then, would always cherish whenever a rare South Australian thunderstorm came my way. At the age of 8 my grandparents gave me a reasonably detailed weather book which I read from cover to cover many times over, and by the time year 4 rolled around I already knew all of the clouds by heart, most weather recording instruments, weather systems, storm formation and this interest hasn’t faded in the slightest since.
The reality from here is it became an obsession, to a degree I think very few people can understand. On a clear day I can be the most focused person you will meet, however if interesting (or bad as most people seem to see it) weather is around it completely takes my attention and nothing pains me more than not being able to be out in it. School and work have made me miss storms to the point where it has sent me mad, the main problem being one can’t predict these things until merely days out, something which doesn’t like to organise around modern life. In this way it can be much more of a curse than anything at times.
The whole idea of chasing storms never really occurred to me, especially given the lack of such things in South Australia however one day I discovered the Weatherzone forum and I soon learnt that there were other people out there, seemingly as passionate as me. Up until this point I hadn’t met a single person in my life that had this interest anywhere near the degree that it involved in my life and this was a real eye opener. My knowledge grew rapidly from here, going from purely book based (which most books you’ll find only scratch the surface) into the intricates of storm development and behavior, forecasting, synoptics and chasing. I feel after almost 13 years of watching the weather I have at least a sound understanding of weather dynamics, especially in SA, and if anyone ever has any questions for me I am always willing to share my thoughts (I can be contacted below).
Anyway I hope you enjoy what I have written here, cheers for reading!