– Tour Director
Nick began his interest in storms at an early age traveling the high plains and prairies in Canada for summer trips with his parents. He founded his passion for severe weather watching twin waterspouts with his Grandfather at the age of nine. Nick decided to pursue storm chasing as a full-time passion in 2012 in the southwest deserts of the U.S. He soon began putting all of his efforts into being able to chase storms in both the high prairies and plains, from Canada to Texas. Nick has completed numerous weather-related training programs and classes and was a past storm chase partner of Dr. Reed Timmer. He is Red Cross certified across the board for first aid. Still photography is his priority when chasing while aiding in the warning process when possible. Currently, Nick has created a buzz about his photographic work and is now based in Norman Oklahoma as a seven-year veteran tour director and guide of Extreme Tornado Tours with over 180 tornado sightings under his belt. Nick is proud to be a part of the worlds most exciting storm chasing tour company!
– Team Meteorologist / Tour Guide
Kevin is a degreed meteorologist and an Oklahoma native. Being a native “Okie” he has an extensive history of riding out spring severe weather. In fact, one of his earliest memories is the sounding off of tornado sirens while casually sitting in his house as the storm rolls by. He’s been infatuated by weather since an early age, and began storm chasing at the age of 13 with his dad, he was hooked on it instantly! While attending the University of Oklahoma, he became friends with several people (including past ETT tour guide Scott Peake) and they formed the storm chasing team Basehunters. Still active, the Basehunters have captured extensive amounts of tornado/storm footage, several of which have been aired on TV networks and shows worldwide. Also during his time at OU, he placed first in a 20-week forecasting competition against professors, graduate students, and undergrads from all across the U.S.. Kevin is a seven-year veteran guide with ETT and is excited to be a part of the world’s most exciting chase tour company!
– Tour Guide / Tour Driver / Tour Director
Alec Scholten was born and raised in a small town along the Illinois/Wisconsin border. While the weather wasn’t quite as turbulent as Oklahoma, Alec was struck with an obsession for severe weather and tornadoes starting at the age of 3. Whether it was drawing endless tornado pictures in grade school, or watching dozens of movies and documentaries, the composition and science behind tornadoes utterly fascinated him. At age 12, Alec went on his first true storm chase with a tour company and became hooked. Over the last 17 years, Alec has traveled hundreds of thousands of miles in pursuit of his passion; documenting over 225 tornadoes and 6 hurricanes across dozens of states along the way. He is no stranger to guiding tours either, having worked as a tornado tour guide since 2014, including multiple years guiding for ETT. In addition to storm chasing, Alec has a background in Law Enforcement and is professionally trained in First Aid, CPR and disaster response. When he’s not chasing, you can find him cheering on his favorite sports teams: The Cubs, Packers and Bucks. Alec is thrilled and grateful to be a continued facet of the Extreme Tornado Tours Team and can’t wait to share his stories and experiences with all of the incredible guests, new and old!
– Team Meteorologist / Tour Guide
At the age of three, Trey’s fascination for severe weather blossomed after watching a 48 Hours documentary on the devastating Moore, Oklahoma, F5 tornado of May 3, 1999. Soon after, he was performing mock severe weather coverage in front of his parents, dressing up as Twister’s Bill Paxton for Halloween, and hooked on studying supercells and tornadoes. As a native Arizonan, Trey earned his chasing stripes during the annual summer monsoon season, during which he captured numerous dust storms, incredible lightning, and breathtaking storm structure beginning in 2011. Trey took his first trip to the Great Plains in May 2015 and received a warm welcome from a stationary supercell that produced multiple photogenic tornadoes (his first) near Canadian, TX. Since then, he has chased and documented scores of supercells, tornadoes, and hurricanes from northern Minnesota to the Alabama Gulf Coast and everywhere in between. In pursuit of a career in meteorology, Trey earned a B.S. degree in Geography (with emphasis in Meteorology/Climatology) from Arizona State University in 2018 and a M.S. degree in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma in 2021. Here, he was fortunate enough to work alongside tornado science pioneer Dr. Howie Bluestein as a driver/operator of the RaXPol mobile radar. Trey enjoys spreading the knowledge he has gained during his scholastic and storm chasing careers with others and is excited to get up close and personal to the biggest, baddest storms on the planet with ETT guests this year!
– Tour Guide
Ashleigh Lecoupe is a lifelong storm enthusiast who holds a certificate in Severe Weather Forecasting from Penn State University. Growing up in Calgary, Alberta in Canada, Ashleigh was able to experience a great deal of changing weather including snow, blizzards, chinooks, and of course, severe weather. Naturally, this bipolar environment sparked an early interest in weather. But it wasn’t until she saw the movie “Twister” at age 7, that her obsession with tornadoes began. In pursuit of “chasing” her weather endeavors, Ashleigh joined Extreme Tornado Tours as a guest in April of 2015 and fulfilled her dream of seeing a tornado near Pampa, Texas. This intense week in Tornado Alley inspired her to study and learn weather forecasting. Addicted to the rush, she returned as an ETT guest in 2016 with more knowledge and ambition, but she got more than just tornadoes, she also gained a lifelong chase partner… Over the years Ashleigh has gained an incredible amount of experience and has seen numerous tornadoes alongside her husband/ETT tour director Nick in the 6 years she has been on the tours. Together this “real life Joe and Bill” team has chased from the vast Canadian Prairies, down through the southern Plains, and into the jungles of Dixie Alley. Ashleigh is very excited to be a part of the team here at ETT in the coming year!
– Tour Guide
Max has had a lifelong passion for severe weather, by kindergarten, the Tornado Video Classics VHS tapes became more watched than cartoons and every birthday consisted of dozens of new weather books. Growing up in Colorado allowed for a wide variety of weather to be experienced, from blizzards to hail storms and occasionally landspout tornadoes, it was a perfect environment to drive the ever-growing passion. Max went on his first storm chasing trip to the plains in 2007 and has returned every year since to document the most intense weather mother nature has to offer. He also enjoys creating short documentaries along the way and has developed a successful YouTube following over the years. With nearly 250 tornadoes and 10 hurricanes under his belt, Max can’t be more thrilled to bring his years of experience to the ETT family this chase season.