23/10/2020 - Michael with Dorothy Picture: Bridge Muir
23/10/2020 - Michael with Dorothy Picture: Bridge Muir

Coast student chases dream of chasing storms

Noosa District State High School Year 12 student Michael Warrilow hopes to turn his storm chasing hobby into a dream job next year.

Michael’s interest and curiosity in the weather was piqued in Year 7 when he discovered the weather station outside the library at the school’s Pomona campus.

He spent lunchtimes collecting weather data from the station he named Dorothy after the weather research device in the film Twister.

Teacher Wendy McGorrery organised the school to gift Dorothy to Michael after he completed Year 8 and moved to the Cooroy senior campus.

He now takes Dorothy with him to school and on the weekends when he tracks and chases storms.

“I had to replace the wind scoops with ping pong balls after she was hit by hail one afternoon,” Michael said.

He hopes to one day become a storm chaser.

“Unfortunately, I don’t have the maths to be a meteorologist, but I have the passion for weather,” Michael said.

“I am autistic, but that won’t stop me from achieving my dreams.

“I’m a good talker, a good communicator and I love storms.”

The cost of storm chasing is the main impediment for Michael achieving his dream job.

“I would really like someone to sponsor me so I can earn a living from my passion.

A career in the navy and working as a boilermaker are Michael’s back-up plans.


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