Roger lives just east of Denver Colorado in the heart of the high plains where tornadoes and supercells rule. He has been chasing for nearly 25 years. He has seen and videotaped over 600 tornadoes in his chasing career as of this writing. He spends an average of 120 days between March and October chasing, operating tours, and shooting video for various media outlets. He also chases tropical cyclones and has documented many hurricanes including Charley, Jeanne, Katrina, Rita, Ike, Gustav and even Super Typhoon Krosa in Taiwan. He has also been a probe driver for various National Severe Storms Laboratory projects and teaches severe weather classes. Roger owns a variety of equipment for still photography including the Canon 5d Mark II and T2i, as well as several lenses. Roger is also proud to have Sony as his sponsor and has several professional camcorders including the amazing Z7U, Z1U and the A1U, as well as the Canon XF100.
He has been contracted by The Weather Channel for the past 15 years to shoot and edit video of everything from tornadoes to floods to blizzards and hailstorms. He has also done much work for The Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, National Geographic, The Travel Channel, NOVA, the History Channel, BBC and many more. He is also coauthor of the book Hunting Nature’s Fury. Roger is co-owner of Silver Lining Storm Chase Tours, the nations’ largest storm chasing tour company. Roger loves the outdoors and is also an avid bowler where he holds a 230 average with countless 300 games and 800 series under his belt.
Roger’s wife Caryn is also an acclaimed storm chaser. She drives Van 1 during tours and runs the on call and local tours during the spring and summer months. She also run the SLT Photography Tours and is an excellent photographer (www.carynhillphotography.com). She has over 150 tornadoes under her belt and countless hours on the road driving in adverse weather conditions. Caryn raises and shows quarter horses in her spare time and was a finalist at the largest quarter horse show in the world, the 2009 American Quarter Horse Congress. Roger and Caryn have been married over 8 years and enjoy spending time with each other chasing, showing horses, on the bowling lanes or just enjoying the outdoors.
In recent times, Roger and Caryn have enjoyed hiking and canyoneering the southwestern US and have photographed many slot canyons, landscapes and mountain natural ice sculptures. Checkout the Southwestern Photography page on this website.