While the rest of us scramble for shelter, they’re the ones following the storm. Colby Ward has been tracking severe weather for nearly two decades.
“Being stuck in a house where I can’t tell what’s going on just doesn’t interest me,” said Ward. “When I was just four or five years old I remember watching every storm come through and just being fascinated. And finally as I got older and we lived here in Fayetteville I would ride my bike to the end of street where I could see the city on Mount Sequoyah and watch every storm come in.”
Now, he’s our set of eyes on the ground.
“We like to call into the station and let Dan know what’s going on what the radar can’t see. If we’re there and the technology we’re relying on like radar can’t see what’s on the ground, you never know truly what’s going on unless you have human eyes on the storm,” said Ward.
It’s a dangerous way to make a living, considering there’s no paycheck involved. So, we had to ask the question…why?
“It’s kind of the same for people who like to jump out of planes. I would never do that! But it’s kind of like there’s a passion,” said Ward.
Ward says along with that drive, it’s about keeping Northwest Arkansas safe while he’s in the eye of the storm.