Dar and Tree Tanner have been researching the weather in central Alberta for over a decade.
The Alix duo started taking pictures of storms and skies, day and night, with their phones 12 years ago.
About two years later, the self-taught photographers switched to DSLRs and began regularly posting weather images to social media. Their Team Tanner Aurora and Weather Chasers Facebook page now has over 7,000 followers.
“We love anything to do with the weather and the sky. We always have,” Dar said.
Dar said they both had a passion for the weather from a young age. The two did not know each other at the time, but Dar said the 1987 Edmonton tornado caught their attention.
“We both (experienced) that big tornado in 1987. I was in Edmonton and Tree was on his way to Edmonton. We didn’t know each other at the time, but it opened our eyes to the weather when we were much younger,” she recalls.
“It was a scary day, Black Friday. I remember we were told to go to our basements. There were people from another country next to us who were in the basement for seven hours because no one told them to get out. Those poor guys.
Central Alberta is a great place for the weather, Dar said, adding that “you never know” what you’ll see in the region.
“There could be some really good storms coming in from Drayton Valley, Rocky Mountain House, through Leduc and the Camrose area. But for all we know, there could be something in Olds or Innisfail. You never really know,” she said.
But 2022 hasn’t been too exciting a year for the weather in central Alberta so far, she noted.
“We needed humidity first. We are good with humidity, but now we need the heating during the day to have really good storms,” she said.
“It’s been a light season for us. It started late and wasn’t really that bad. (Thursday) seems like one of the best days so far this year. But who knows how it’s going to go .
“We hope to be out all day and even half the night.”
The two met 17 years ago and celebrated their 15th anniversary on Thursday. Dar said a storm would be a great birthday present for both of them.
To learn more about Team Tanner, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/treeanddar.