Bill Kessler

Tour Guide


Hi everyone!  I went on my first chase in 2005 as a bucket item check off.  Little did I know I have so many buckets to check it off from!  Since that first year, I just can’t let it go.  It’s not just the thrill of the chase, the exploration of the Midwest is pretty cool too.  I’ve been fortunate to be a guide for SLT since 2008 and look forward to going back out every year.  I’m also very lucky to have a wife who doesn’t mind me disappearing for 3 or 4 weeks a year.  Besides being a guide, I try to get out with a friend for some solo chasing.  What do I like most about chasing?  The storm structures!  Sure, a tornado rush is great, but admiring the amazing structure of these storms is what leaves lasting memories.  What do I like most about SLT?  Well, it’s a tie between the family like atmosphere of each tour, and Roger’s enthusiasm for EVERY storm we see. After 35 years in the fire and EMS service with the last 11 years as a Fire Chief, I’ll be retiring in December 2023 which will give me lots of free time to witness nature’s fury.  I’ll be guiding many of the tours in 2024. Hope to share these experiences with you this coming year!