Stephen Barabas

Check out my Youtube page:  http://www.youtube.com/user/tornadochaserwx

Steve was born in Derby, CT back in November of 1986 and has lived in Southbury, CT ever since.  His interest in weather started at an early age due to his fear of thunderstorms and tornadoes.   As far as he could recall the interest started around the age of 4 or 5.  That fear quickly changed as he grew older and more educated and a few close encounters with lightning and severe weather events molded his fascination and increased bravery.  In May of 2012 Steve obtained a degree in meteorology from Western Connecticut State University with concentrations in both operational-broadcasting and theoretical research applications. 

He is also a avid storm chaser and enjoys traveling out to the plains when there are good storm set-ups to chase. He feels that storm chasing is a fantastic way to apply forecasting, while also being able to see the storms in action. It's kind of like a reward for having a validated forecast. Steve is also interested in engineering, mainly electrical and mechanical engineering. He has a strong fascination with weather instrumentation and radio equipment. Plenty more updates to come!

Latest Articles

  • Hurricane Irene: A Personal Look Back
    It was quite interesting and exciting waiting for Irene's impact on the Northeast. It had been quiet awhile since the last actual hurricane had hit the New England area, I believe it was Bob. Everything...
  • Aug. 7, 2008 Flooding: A Look Back
    I almost forgot to make a write up about this day.   I remember how primed the day was for severe storms, especially flooding.   I particularly remember tornado warnings in Danbury...
  • Baby Supercell 6-14-13
    TAKEN IN SOUTHBURY, CT AROUND 8PM. A rather interesting thunderstorm rolled through parts of Connecticut on the 14th.  It was definitely a pretty nice photo opportunity if you had the chance to witness...
  • Escaping the El Reno EF5 Wedge Tornado
    The above picture illustrates the damage path, outlined in white, along with our "escape" route in black and yellow markers to represent our location and time. VIDEO CONTAINS SOME STRONG LANGUAGE This...
  • Extreme Tornado Footage: El Reno, Okla.
    WATCH BOTH VIDEOS.  STRONG LANGUAGE IS INVOLVED IN THESE VIDEOS. We were about 20 yards from it once it wedged out... the traffic was so bad.  A very dangerous situation I never want to...
  • Manhattan, NY Flooding
    CLICK FOR VIDEO of Flooding and One World Trade Center One of the first storm intercepts of the year . . . Quincy Vagell and myself intercepted a severe warned thunderstorm near and into Manhattan, NY...
  • Friday's Snow Event (The Inverted Trough)
    Well, technically, this is a Norlun trough by meteorological definitions, hence why we're getting more snow that most anyone (if anyone) forecast.   Off to the east, they're getting FAR MORE...
  • That Crazy Historic Blizzard
    Finally!  Some interesting and extreme weather to talk briefly about. Just when you thought you'd make it through the winter of 2012-2013 without any significant snow storms.  Here comes Nemo......
  • The Moon on GOES Visible and Longwave IR!
    MOON IN UPPER LEFT PORTION OF PHOTO ON GOES VISIBLE SATELLITE Every once in a 'blue moon' . . . this happens.  The moon get its literal 15 minutes of fame on the GOES satellite imagery.  ...
  • Sandy - A Month Later
    There isn't much to this article just yet . . . It's hard to believe that it's all ready been a month since we felt the impact of hurricane Sandy.  While practically everyone has regained power...
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