ABOUT BART COMSTOCK
Bart Comstock was born in Tulsa, OK on May 11th, 1987. Growing up in the heart of tornado alley allowed him to obtain a fascination with severe weather at a very early age. This passion grew until 2005 when, while still in high school, Bart started to chase storms. This first year was mostly confined to his local area but in 2006 he would start to expand his area until a tornado in his backyard changed everything. In March of that year a tornado impacted Bentonville, AR and through that event he would start his new path into the television news industry.
This course started simple with a partnership at KFSM 5News in Fayetteville and Ft. Smith, AR. With time as Bart honed his skill his talents were noticed and KFSM brought him on as a full time photographer and on air severe weather reporter. While at KFSM, Bart would learn the art of framing and many other crucial skills that he would later bring back with him to storm chasing.
After working at KFSM, Bart went on to work as a correspondent at KNWA/Fox24 before then branching out to the national news networks in 2009 and 2010. Bart's first appearance on the national news was on ABC's Nightline and Good Morning America after a close encounter with a tornado in Kirksville, MO (2009). From here he went on to appearing on NBC News, CBS News, CBN News, and The Weather Channel as well as countless smaller local networks. Bart Comstock even appeared on Al Roker's 100th episode on The Weather Channel. In addition to these appearances, Bart's voice and footage began getting wide usage on many other channels such as Discovery, TruTV, CNN, and Fox News to name a few.
While photojournalism is Bart Comstock's primary focus when chasing, he also has taken part in one scientific study. During the 2011 Bart was apart of Project HailSTONE. HailSTONE was a collaborative grassroots research effort among private and National Weather Service meteorologists and experienced storm chasers. HailSTONE’s in the field work was dedicated to investigate large hail in space and time through direct mobile measurements. This ambitious coordinated project produced some of the highest resolution hail data ever collected, providing a rare glimpse into the true hail-fall character of convective storms, and allowing for a meaningful bridge from research to operations. During the middle of the 2011 operations the vehicle lead by Bart Comstock was able to sample the largest hailstone ever recorded in the state of Oklahoma, which had a diameter of 6 inches (15.24 cm).
The year of 2016 marked a turning point in Bart's Comstock's chasing career. Having now spent a decade chasing storms, covering wildfires, tackling blizzards and breaking news, and even filming three Hurricanes, Bart was ready for a new challenge. This is why Bart has accepted a position with Extreme Tornado Tours as a driver. Being apart of Extreme Tornado Tours lets Bart share his biggest passion with members of the public while also allowing him to stay in the field full time during the bulk of tornado season. Starting in April of 2016 and going through early June, Bart will take many eager tourists on the adventure of a lifetime as he hunts mother nature's most powerful displays.
In addition to storm chasing and photojournalism, Bart Comstock is an avid travel enthusiast. In the map below you can explore just where Bart has been and some of the places he has seen. Included is also the location of every tornado he has intercepted. Bart Comstock not only enjoys travel in his time off, but also is very active cyclist, fisherman, and certified PADI rescue diver.
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