Working towards a career in storm chasing
FASCINATED by wild weather events and equipped with little more than a mobile phone and his car, South Grafton based storm chaser Damian Rose is on the look out and ready to act when the next one hits.
Damian, a 22-year-old fourth year apprentice motor mechanic with NRMA, is the newest recruit for a small group of passionate amateur weather-watchers known as North Coast Storm Chasers.
While not an official weather forecasting service, North Coast Storm Chasers has a large online following with almost 25,000 fans on Facebook after launching in April last year.
Damian, who will focus on all types of wild weather events affecting the Clarence Valley, says his interest in storms goes back to childhood.
"I've been interested in storms of all types as long as I can remember; my parents always used to buy me books on storms," he said.
"I learned the majority of what I know from books."
It's a good thing Damian's parents are supportive of his storm chasing ambitions because they are also his employers and have agreed to flexible working hours so he can go chasing when the time comes.
"In the long run I see it (storm chasing) as a career path for me," said Damian.
"My main ambition is to go the States and chase tornados.
"Mum isn't so keen on that idea," Damian said.