Biography: Mike Theiss (Hurricane Mike)
Hurricane Videographer, Storm Photographer, News Photographer, Travel Photographer, Adventurer, and Video Producer Mike Theiss
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  Mike Theiss (pronounced "tice"), 42, webmaster of Eye in the Tropics is a native of the Florida Keys and has been interested in weather since the early age of six years old. He would sit with his father on the family porch during a typical summer thunderstorm and watch the lightning and listen to the thunder for hours as it shook the entire house. In the 3rd grade, he received a detention for running up to a giant dustdevil against the teacher's permission to put his hand inside the vortex to sample the strength of the wind. These childhood experiences along with many other weather encounters helped mold his passion for severe weather but nothing had his attention more than the amazing force and power of a Hurricane ! Mike's first hurricane encounter was in 1987 (age 9) when Hurricane Floyd made landfall in the Florida Keys. He was amazed by the force of wind and how it almost ripped off the passenger-side door of his father's truck.
Mike's desire to learn more about Hurricanes was reinforced in 1992 when Hurricane Andrew hit South Florida. Hurricane Andrew was the single biggest event that convinced Mike that he wanted his future to be related to the science and exploration of Hurricanes. Mike started reading any materiel he could find about hurricanes and watching all television specials related to Hurricanes to continue pursuing his dream. In 1998 Mike documented his first Hurricane landfall when Hurricane Georges slammed into the Florida Keys and one year later documented Hurricane Irene in the same place. Mike continued taking college classes on meteorology and storm spotter classes but always lost focus when sitting in a classroom for hours and decided to continue his education by chasing down Hurricanes and Tornadoes and studying them "Live" as they happened in the field.
 
In 2001, Mike combined his interest in weather, photography, video production, film making and launched Ultimate Chase Video Productions which stocks some of the worlds most rare and intense weather video. In 2008, Mike launched Extreme Nature Photography which stocks thousands of still photos available for immediate licensing for use in commercial, advertising, editorial, corporate, marketing and prints. Mike's still photography is also available through Corbis, Getty Images and National Geographic.
 
Mike's videos and photos have been seen worldwide on numerous television shows and news programs. He documents Mother Natures extremes "year round" in hopes that his footage and experiences will help raise awareness to the dangers of storms and teach a sense of "Respect" for Mother Nature and the extreme power she possesses.
 
Mike's email address: mike@ultimatechase.com
 
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"I never wish for a natural disaster to happen, but IF it happens, I want to be there to document it and share with the world an important message of awareness and respect for nature -- Mike Theiss"
 
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