Rich Hamel

Meteorologist and Tour Guide

Hello weather enthusiasts! I’m from Boston, MA, about as far as you can get from chase country in the States. After a couple of years as a guest on the tours, I returned to school and received my Masters in Atmospheric Science and have been a driver / guide for SLT for the last 20 years.
In the “real world” I’m an air quality meteorologist and am an advisory board member of the Department of Environmental, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences at University of Massachusetts-Lowell. I have done numerous television, radio, and magazine appearances discussing tornadoes, storm chasing and other severe weather topics. Check out my storm chasing site ( which contains many pictures I’ve taken on tour with SLT. My favorite part of chasing with SLT, other than the storms, is educating guests about storm chasing and tornadoes, from the most basic questions to deep scientific discussions. I look forward to seeing you out there!