Todd Rector

Position: Storm Chaser
Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa
Current Residence: Altoona, Iowa
Years Chasing: 15 years
Twitter: @StormChaserTodd

Todd Rector was born and raised in the Des Moines area, and found a passion for severe weather as a child watching a huge thunderstorm grow and mature in the distance.

As a HAM radio operator (WD0HRC), Todd started volunteering at age 15 assisting the Regional Red Cross office with severe weather emergencies (Manson, Algona tornadoes of 1979; Grand Island tornado outbreak of 1980) as well as actively participating in the Des Moines Area Skywarn network as a spotter.

Conflicting life priorities made chasing a spotty endeavor in the 80’s and 90’s but in 2010, the fire was rekindled. Todd has chased every year since, once putting nearly 40,000 miles on his vehicle in a single season. His favorite chase day was June 20, 2011, when he saw three tornadoes in one day near York, Nebraska.

Todd is a former firefighter/medic, and is currently an Information Technology specialist for the State of Iowa. When not chasing storms, Todd enjoys photography, especially capturing rare atmospheric phenomena such as Red Sprites and Aurora.