Val Castor is NEWS 9's senior StormTracker. He joined NEWS 9 in the spring of 1991 and was the first StormTracker hired by the station. He has chased storms for NEWS 9 for the past 15 years, and as you might expect, has seen some of the most extreme weather imaginable.
Near Purcell in 1992, a rain-wrapped F-2 tornado passed within 100 yards of his vehicle while tree limbs and other debris were passing overhead at an estimated 100 mph. Val has had lightning strike as close as 20 feet, and has seen hail larger than softballs, which smashed car windshields and bouncing eight feet off the ground. On May 3, 1999, for over two hours, Val and his wife Amy tracked and reported on the F-5 tornado that devastated parts of central Oklahoma.
Val and Amy Castor have been featured on numerous television and radio productions both nationally and internationally, including the Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, History Channel, Weather Channel, National Geographic, CNN, CBS, BBC and others.
Val is a native Oklahoman. He was born in Ardmore and raised in Tulsa where he graduated from Nathan Hale High School. He holds a bachelor's degree in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma and a B.A. in geography from Oklahoma State University. He resides in Stillwater and attends Eagle Heights Baptist Church where he is actively involved. He owns and operates Castor Weather, Inc., a weather consulting service that provides forecasts and weather information to a variety of clients. When he is not out chasing storms, he spends time with his family: wife Amy and daughters Grace, Annie and Emma. He also enjoys playing golf, weight lifting, water sports, snow skiing, and of course storm chasing.
Oklahoma native, Amy Castor was raised in the southwestern town of Mangum where her love of weather began. The wide open plains offered much in the way of viewing storms and her love for severe weather started at a very young age. More >>
Val Castor is NEWS 9's senior StormTracker. He joined NEWS 9 in the spring of 1991 and was the first StormTracker hired by the station. He has chased storms for NEWS 9 for the past 15 years, and as you might expect, has seen some of the most extreme weather imaginable.More >>
Marty Logan has been with NEWS 9 since March 1993 when he answered an ad in the Woodward Newspaper for a StormTracker in NW Oklahoma. Marty enjoys letting the public know about storms, be it tornadoes,More >>
Originally from England, as a young age James was fascinated with storms, and as he grew up, wanted to learn more and more about them. Eventually at the age of 18, he attended the University of Oklahoma to study meteorology.More >>
Originally from England, as a young age James was fascinated with storms, and as he grew up, wanted to learn more and more about them. Eventually at the age of 18, he attended the University of OklahomaMore >>
Tom Pastrano's fascination with weather began in the first grade. He would draw pictures of storms and tornadoes, so much that his teachers thought he might be having problems at home. By the time TomMore >>
Bobby Payne, "Tornado Magnet," began his affiliation with NEWS 9 as a StormTracker with the June 8, 1995 mile-wide tornadoes near the Oklahoma and Texas Panhandle border. Since that time he has fearlesslyMore >>
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