Roger Edwards

Roger Edwards

Roger is a lead forecaster at SPC in Norman with 25 years’ tenure there. He is happily married to Elke, who also is a dedicated nature photographer and storm chaser. They have two kids named after four hurricanes. Roger was born and raised in inner-city Dallas, and doesn’t remember when he became obsessed with severe weather, because he always has been. When he was a baby he would crawl to the screen door to watch lightning. By age 6 he had already announced to all who would listen that he would grow up to be a meteorologist specializing in tornadoes. Three years later he saw his first tornado, glimpsed between houses and trees from 3-4 miles away. Since then, Roger got his meteorology degree and attended graduate school at OU, while working at NSSL and chasing with their storm intercept teams. Those adventures included the TOTO and DOPLIGHT projects, and paid mesocyclone and core punching to verify the prototype WSR-88D. He also managed and catalogued the NSSL slide, video and film archives (getting paid to view chase slides and movies), and assisted with radar-research projects. Roger since has worked at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, and the National Severe Storms Forecast Center in Kansas City, part of which became SPC. He also has participated in parts of the VORTEX and TWISTEX field projects, and has published several formal science papers based in part on chasing insights. At various times, Roger’s residences have been inside a hurricane, tornado, and earthquake. He has been fortunate to witness the most damaging hurricane, flood and tornado in U.S. history at their times: Hurricane Andrew in Miami in 1992, the Missouri floods of 1993, and the Bridge Creek, OK F5 tornado of 1999, and has been chasing storms avidly for 35 years.