Welcome to my user page! My handle on here is Strato|sphere but my real name is Nick. I've been on Wikipedia for over 14 years! My main interests on here are articles related to the transportation networks of the United States, specifically highways in Michigan and Nebraska as well as articles related to meteorology and storm chasing.
I was born in Iowa, but moved to Michigan when I was still a toddler. I've spent most of my life in Michigan where I attended Central Michigan University and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. Degree in Computer Science & Geographic Information Sciences. I worked for a local municipality as a GIS Analyst until October 2016 when I moved to Nebraska to become a GIS Coordinator.
When the weather permits, I am an avid storm chaser. I began storm chasing in 2010 when I took a 3-week vacation to the Great Plains in search of supercells and tornadoes! On my first chase day I intercepted a tornado near Wakita, Oklahoma during the May 10–13, 2010 tornado outbreak on May 10th and since then I've logged over 130,000 miles (209,215 km) and spotted 71 tornadoes! I enjoy severe weather and chasing so much I moved to Nebraska in 2016!
I, Scott5114, do hereby award Stratosphere the Tireless Contributor's Barnstar for the huge amount of work that went into propelling the Michigan highway project into uncharted levels of quality. —Scott5114↗[EXACT CHANGE ONLY] 05:32, 17 February 2008 (UTC)