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Community Member Spotlight: Chelsea Burnett | Public Speaker, Photographer & Storm Chaser

Today we’re excited to introduce you to Chelsea Burnett. Chelsea is probably one of the most exciting people we’ve interview – she is professional storm chaser and helps document the power and beauty of Mother Nature. Chelsea is also a content partner and content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. Check out our conversation with Chelsea below.

Please briefly introduce yourself to our readers.
Since the late 1980s, I have obsessed over the Mother Nature phenomenon known as weather. I’m an Oklahoma native, so that’s just a prerequisite to being a storm-chaser (kidding, sort of). I am a mom, a spouse, a friend, and hold several different jobs to make my dreams come true as a passionate chaser of spinning air! As a Texas transplant myself, I realize that most other Texas residents are not long-timers and have a lot to learn when it comes to severe weather awareness. This is the reason I threw my stuttered-speech self into the public speaking light to bring more awareness, but in an educational yet entertaining way!

What is the #1 reason for your drive in this business?
Spreading the knowledge base. So much is to be learned in order to be prepared for our wild weather deck of cards! I never heard of any other entity out there creating this space for folks, so I created it myself. Also, it was an additional outlet to pursue my passion for weather.

Why are you the person others should seek for this opportunity?
If anyone has taken coursework in a field they love, it’s typically driven by professors who just do it for the job or by videos made in the late 70s with terrible graphics. When it comes to this type of education, I come from the heart of it. From thousands of miles trekking across the US between Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Wyoming, North Dakota, and everywhere in between. From the semesters of school at OU School of Meteorology. From the place of a scared 5th grader with a horrible stutter who never imagined she’d be in her 30s involved in public speaking. That. That is why. Because it’s educational AND entertaining.

What is your underlying motivation to keep bringing this opportunity to others?
The children’s faces when I show videos of past chases. The earnest questions from HOA residents who are new to the area and truly want to know more. The repeat clients that have us out year after year bringing updated information to their attention.

What is your favorite outcome from speaking to others?
The sense of accomplishment that just a few more lives are a little more aware of the weather we experience. The chance for little ones to ask their eager questions and go back home talking about the storm chaser they met. The overall opportunity to be live and in front of our followers and beyond.

Finally, please let us know how our readers can connect with you and learn more.
Yes! We have a plethora of social media platforms, and can be found on most simply by searching “Texas Storm Chasers”. Otherwise if you prefer good old-fashioned direct email communication, then will put you in front of all six of our group members to address any inquiry.

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