Contact:     Joseph Cooper   inchasercon@gmail.com

DANVILLE, IN (October 4, 2023) – Storm chasers, weather enthusiasts and meteorologists from across North America will gather next month for what has become one of the best annual educational weather gatherings.

The 12th Annual Indiana Storm Chaser's Convention will be held on Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds & Conference Complex in Danville. Doors will open at 8 a.m. with some of the area’s top weather experts providing presentations beginning at 9 a.m. and lasting through 5 p.m. EST with a break for lunch. The Indiana Storm Chaser's Convention attracts 100-200 attendees each year.

“We have a lot of the top weather experts attending this event every year, but we are really looking to reach more weather enthusiasts,” said Joseph Cooper, organizer of the event. “Most of our presentations are so down to Earth that anyone who enjoys learning more about weather or studies it as a hobby would understand and enjoy them.”

Presenters for the 2023 Indiana Storm Chaser's Convention will include:

  • Sam Lashley, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Indianapolis, will discuss the 1974 Super Outbreak that spawned 148 tornadoes, 47 of which were in Indiana.
  • Evan Bentley, Mesoscale Assistant/Fire Weather Forecaster at the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, will talk about what is going on in a forecaster's head at the Storm Prediction Center during severe weather events.
  • Meteorologist Hannah Strong from WDRB in Louisville, who has received numerous awards including three Emmy awards and a Kentucky Broadcasters Association Impact Broadcast Award for her excellence as a meteorologist and work covering the Dec. 10, 2021, tornado outbreak in western and central Kentucky.
  • Tom Neal, Coordinator for Indiana Task Force 1, will provide details on their deployments across the nation to various hazardous weather events.

The goal of the annual convention is to create a relaxed and enjoyable environment for those in the weather community to meet, interact and learn about severe weather. Presentations are full of interesting information, images and videos.

The convention is open to all who wish to attend with a cost of $40 online through EventBrite (indchasercon.eventbrite.com) or $45 at the door. A student discount is offered with proof of student identification. Children 12 and under are free with the purchase of one adult admission.

More information can be found at indchasercon.com.


This press release was sent on behalf of the Indiana Storm Chaser’s Convention by The Hendricks County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc., d/b/a Visit Hendricks County, which attracts visitors to the county by promoting and developing tourism, which stimulates economic growth and enhances quality of life.  For more information, visit our website at VisitHendricksCounty.com or call (317) 718-8750.