Senior Forecaster, NWS Northern Indiana
Todd was born in Hastings, Nebraska and spent most of his childhood growing up in various towns across Nebraska. His weather interest was shaped early on while living in Grand Island, from a terrifying gorilla hailstorm in 1974, the captivating blizzard in 1978, and punctuated by the catastrophic June 3rd, 1980 tornadoes. Naturally, as a true cornhusker, he went on to follow his budding passion and interest in the weather at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln where he graduated with dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Meteorology and Climatology in 1993. Todd began his National Weather Service career with a short stint at the soon-to-close Lincoln, Nebraska WSO followed by a transfer to NWS Davenport Iowa- a new, modernized WFO. This was followed by promotion to the latest and greatest NWS office at the time in Northern Indiana in 1997. Since then, he’s sunk roots into this beautiful part of the country and raised a family, all while chasing his weather passions, operational forecasting and storm chasing.
Todd’s most memorable forecast was by far his first tornado forecast while living in Beatrice, Nebraska at age 14, on a hot and humid 4th of July. His most memorable chase was the May 22, 2004 tornado outbreak in southern Nebraska. His long time friend and mentor, Al Pietrycha, and he witnessed an incredible 14 tornadoes that day including the beginnings of the eventual devastating Hallam tornado. When not chasing the forecast or a storm, Todd enjoys fishing and hunting, and is an avid cyclist and gardener. Todd is also a long serving member of the Air National Guard and currently serves with the 122nd Fighter Wing where he is a munitions specialist.