Tom Warner Biography

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Tom A Warner - image © Tom A Warner

Tom was born in the USA in 1965 and has a first degree in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of California and a Masters in Atmospheric Science from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He worked as a research scientist for the Institute of Atmospheric Sciences, Rapid City, South Dakota from 2000 to 2004 where he piloted the armor-plated T-28 Storm Penetrating Aircraft

Tom and colleagues typically flew the aircraft through the heart of severe storms around the -10 C level (between 17,000 – 21,000 ft MSL) which is the harshest environment for ice formation on aircraft surfaces. There was no deicing capability on the wings or tail, and occasionally, ice would build up on the wings to the point where the pilot could no longer hold altitude. The aircraft would have to descend below the freezing level and let the ice melt off before going back into the storm. Alternatively, hail would sometimes beat the ice off of the wings in a matter of seconds.

Tom is currently working toward a PhD degree in Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

Tom is also a photographer specializing in aerial, weather, lightning and night/low-light still imagery. In 2007, he using high-speed digital cameras to capture lightning. His image and video galleries can be found at Zeus’ Tantrums.

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