Mike Prendergast

ABOUT MIKE

Strategist/Communications

Born and bred in Texas, Mike first gained a fascination with all things extreme weather when he experienced the power of a Category 3 Hurricane Alicia in 1983 as the eye wall passed over his childhood home.  He has been enamored with weather ever since and in particular tornadoes.  They are the most powerful storms on earth and yet they can go through a neighborhood and seemingly pick out one house and miss another.

 

He married his high school sweetheart Teresa 19 years ago and they have two beautiful girls, Katelyn and Kristen.  Teresa is a Children’s Minister at their church and also enjoys tracking stroms with Mike when she has the available time.  She may be America’s only storm tracking Children’s Minister.

 

Mike has been Program Director of one of the largest Christian music stations in the world, 94.9 KLTY, in Dallas/Fort Worth for over 10 years and in radio for 20 years.

 

God has given Mike a servant’s heart.  He is a deacon at his church and enjoys serving the church body.

 

His heart for serving others spills over into storm chasing.  While he enjoys seeing the power of the storm, he hates to see communities get ravaged.  After years of asking God why he has this fascination with something that causes so much pain and destruction, He has shown Mike the good in being able to warn others of the impending storm, assist those that need it most and help restore those communities affected.

 

CERTIFICATIONS:
Mike is certified in NIMS/ICS through FEMA; TEEX certified in Wide Area Search; NASAR Search and Rescue Tech III certified and certified in First Aid/AED/CPR.  Mike is also a certified commercial remote pilot with a small UAS rating with the FAA allowing him to do search & rescue and reconnaissance via drone.

 

God has a plan for everyone; it’s up to you to learn what that is by seeking Him first.

 

Philippians 4:6-7

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Mike’s Fun Facts

 

  • What is your favorite food? Tex-Mex!
  • Favorite place on earth? Estes Park, Colorado.  I will retire there
    someday.
  • What makes you cry?  Great endings to movies.  I still tear up every
    time Rudy makes that meaningless sack at the end of the Notre Dame game.
  • What makes you laugh?  My daughters.  Never a dull moment, their
    personalities are as different as night and day.  And my youngest is as
    quick-witted as I am!
  • What do you want to be when you grow up?  A Storm Warrior!
    Who is the most famous person you’ve had dinner with?  Amy Grant, Kirk Cameron or Brian Littrell (Backstreet Boys).  Working in Christian radio has it’s perks.
  • If you could do one thing over what would it be?  Marry my wife, Teresa all over again.

 

MIKE’S POSTS

  • Shelf cloud near Dodge City, KS 5/26/16 photographed by Mike Prendergast
    Epic Kansas Shelf Cloud

    Thursday, May 26th was supposed to be a big tornado day.  The SPC (Storm Prediction Center) had issued a MODERATE Risk for Severe Storms for a big chunk of central and west central Kansas and were exp...

  • Friday Flashback – December Monster

    Welcome to the first in a series of “Friday Flashback” posts from past Storm Warriors Storm chases. We’ve been asked before, when is “tornado season”?  While the answer y...

  • Have You Ever Seen A Thunderstorm Spin?

    Have you ever heard the term a “rotating” supercell thunderstorm? All tornadic supercells will rotate, but not all rotating supercells produce tornadoes.   Just by looking at a rotating su...

  • southdakota rainbow
    South Dakota Tornado 2015

    ...

  • Storm Warriors Featured Guest on DFW Business Today

    Bill, Danielle and Cori Ford along with Mike Predergast were featured guests on DFW Business Today radio show. Take a listen to the show segments...

  • Too Close To Home

    The day after Christmas is supposed to be a time for family celebrations, not tornadoes.  A warm, moist 82° day is more like April than the end of December, but then again December 26, 2015 wasn’t an ...

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