Tim Marshall is a meteorologist and civil engineer who makes his living surveying and assessing damage in the wake of tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and hailstorms. He was born and raised in the Chicago, IL area and became interested in tornadoes when his hometown was struck by an F-4 tornado on April 21, 1967.
Tim earned a B.S degree from Northern Illinois University majoring in meteorology, an M.S. degree in Atmospheric Science from Texas Tech University, and an M.S. degree in Civil Engineering also from Texas Tech. Tim began chasing storms in 1978 and has witnessed over 200 tornadoes and 16 hurricanes to date.
In 1983, Tim went to work for Haag Engineering Company based in Dallas and has surveyed more than 100 natural disasters during the past 27 years. His most recent detailed damage survey was the EF-5 tornado at Parkersburg, IA in May 2008. Tim is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineering, American Meteorological Society, and National Weather Association.
He currently serves on the Severe Local Storms, Enhanced Fujita scale, and Saffir-Simpson scale committees. Tim has written numerous publications on building damage and has appeared on dozens of radio and television programs. His photographs have appeared in more than 50 magazines including TIME, KIDS DISCOVER, 321 CONTACT, TEXAS MONTHLY, OKLAHOMA TODAY, and WEATHERWISE. He consulted with the movie TWISTER and was past editor of STORMTRACK MAGAZINE.
In 2009 and 2010, Tim chased with the Vortex 2 project. His tasks included deploying instrumented pods in advance of tornadoes and being a lead forecaster. My best intercept during the project was the June 5, 2009 tornado near LaGrange, WY. Tim saw 15 tornadoes in 2010, with the best one being near Goodnight, TX on April 22nd (before the V2 project began).