Corey Sloan, a 26 year veteran storm chaser and spotter is from Cameron, MO. He is a 23 year emergency service professional and has responded to numerous man-made and natural disaster incidents. He has responded to and been the incident commander on two violent tornadoes in Missouri. The first tornado struck Albany, MO in May 2004 and the second tornado, a deadly F-4, struck the same month in Weatherby, MO. In addition, he responded as a part of a four man team to support the law enforcement mission in Joplin, MO after the deadly EF-5 struck on May 22, 2011. Corey holds a A.S. in Criminal Justice from Missouri Western State University, a B.A. in Fire Administration and Fire Prevention Technology from Western Illinois University, and an M.A. in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Lincoln University. He also holds a General Class amateur radio license and his call is KCØEFQ.
Corey’s weather forecasting has been self taught for the most part. However, he has attended numerous forecasting seminars, obtained certifications from the COMET MET-ED program, NWS Spotter talks, and other weather/forecasting training. He is also the author of the MesoExtremeMedia forecasting flow chart in which the team uses to forecast their chase target. He most recently assisted the National Weather Service with the Integrated Hazard Information Service software application that is currently under development by the NWS Global Services Division. Corey is dedicated to educating the public on severe weather preparedness. He has written numerous articles and delivered presentations on spotting and severe weather preparedness. In addition, he is currently the chairman of the Outdoor Warning Siren working group in Northwest Missouri. This working group is responsible for developing a standardized siren protocol for the region.
Corey became a partner and storm chaser for MesoExtreme Media in 2008. His still photographs and videos have been featured on local and national news organizations, as well as print media. He prefers spring severe weather and winter forecasting, but also likes the hydrological side of meteorology. His favorite place to chase is in western Kansas, the Dakota’s and eastern Colorado. He has had a fascination with weather ever since he saw his first tornado in 1986. When he is not able to chase, he is the media contact for Steve when he is actively pursuing severe storms.
Corey is married and has six children and one granddaughter. Three of his daughters, Ariel, MeKenzie and MeKayla share the same passion for weather and storm chasing as he does. They often accompany him on storm chases throughout tornado alley. You can follow Corey and Steve’s forecasts, chase targets and weather discussion by liking their FaceBook page MesoExtremeMedia or Corey can be followed on Twitter @coreysloan.