Notoriously known for being terrified of severe weather, Cori was the daughter who would ‘storm’ into her parents’ room at the very first clash of thunder. Although her dad had been a storm chaser as long as she could remember, she had no interest of ever joining him. Then, one day when she was sixteen years old, she had no choice. She and her parents left the house to avoid a particularly dangerous situation (PDS) that was heading toward their neighborhood. As she began helping her dad follow the radar, navigate the roads, and warn others of the impending storm, she was hooked. The cloud formations she witnessed that day along with learning how to track the storm on radar interested her far more than she expected. The exhilaration of chasing dangerous weather events in order to keep people safe immediately became something she wanted to pursue. She began asking her dad a lot of questions and he began to teach her about storm formations, radar images, and how to make decisions based on what she was seeing. Now, she can effectively help navigate her dad and the team around a storm so that they can be where they need to be safely and also plan an escape route if necessary. She still has plenty to learn, and looks forward to storm chasing every time to simply absorb whatever information she can and also be a help to the team as they warn and assist any impacted communities. She is no longer a little girl terrified of storms. She is now a Storm Warrior.
In addition to storm tracking, she is passionate about impacting communities in developing countries and bringing hope to people who have none. Her desire is to live a life led by the Holy Spirit, and focus on the calling the Lord has placed on her life. She has traveled on numerous international mission trips, and the Lord has given her a heart to impact people around the world. To pursue this passion, she will be attending Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma in the fall of 2016. Her major, International Community Development, will allow her to immerse herself in a community and meet not only their spiritual needs, but also their economical, educational, and physical needs. Since Tulsa is in the middle of Tornado Alley and Dixie Alley, the most active areas for severe weather on this continent, she will be with the other Storm Warriors on most of their expeditions.