Ryan Shepard

Tour Guide

I grew up and have lived in Northern Colorado most of my life. I am a Pilot, Photographer, worked in the oilfield for years to be able to take time off in the Spring. I have been storm chasing since 2007 where on my first chase I met Roger Hill and saw how professional their tour company was. Everyone seemed to be having such a great time, the guides were very friendly and full of energy. The first two days I went chasing with a meteorologist best friend of mine we saw tornadoes, but surprisingly this was not what blew my mind those days. It was everything else the atmosphere did, the way the clouds structured, how big the hail was, how much lightning we saw. A tornado was a big rush to see but I was blown away that the atmosphere could do all of these things I would have never imagined. I was hooked after that and chased thousands of miles with my chase partner for the next 8 years. I met Sean Casey in 2009, I got the opportunity to work as a production assistant on his crew for the IMAX Film “Tornado Alley” which was in theaters in 2012. This was featured on Discovery Channel Storm Chasers, where I also got the chance to chase tornadoes driving the Tornado Intercept Vehicle (which I now own and operate!). Since then, I have been chasing for the beauty and passion of it, operating the TIV-2 when not guiding tours. When you meet me, you will find that I am easy going, easy to get along with, and enjoy spending time with enthusiastic people. I have a Commercial Drivers license and take safety seriously. I can’t wait to be on the road chasing with all of you again!