Daniel Shaw has been a weather enthusiast since the age of 11 when he watched the lightning and storms roll across the Sydney Eastern Suburbs.
His career started in 1993 at an electronics retailer and in the years that followed also worked in the music & event production industry
In 1997 he started a computer consultancy business, but remained very active with event production which led him to work with Australia’s leading Internet Broadcaster.
In 2001 he began his career in the news and television industry. This quickly became Daniel’s primary focus and he thrived on the extreme demands of live news production.
In 2004 Daniel made his first trip to the United States and experienced the weather systems of "Tornado Alley". He was destined to return, and in 2006 he chased with Australia’s leading storm chaser, Jimmy Deguara.
He quickly learned that it took years of knowledge to know how to chase safely and independently and in 2008, 2009 and 2010 he joined one of the world's most respected chasers, Charles Edwards of Cloud 9 Tours.
After 5 years, Daniel had finally learned the necessary skills to chase independently. In 2011 he became the first known Australian resident who was Skywarn Certified. Daniel now actively chases and reports severe weather threats to the National Weather Service and local emergency services.
During the 2011 season, he was part of a NWS project called HailStone. Collecting and intercepting severe hail to test and verify the accuracy of Doppler Radar. During this project, he was in the midst of one of the most deadly tornado outbreaks in US history, being in the storm core whilst the city of Joplin, Missouri was destroyed.
Daniel had seen tornado damage before, but had never come across such widespread devastation.
Although he loved tracking and photographing severe weather, the outbreaks of the 22nd and 24th of May 2011 changed his views forever.
He is proud to join the thousands of other Storm Spotters in the United States and help with the warning process and provide accurate and timely information to the NWS. Daniel has also assisted with search and rescue efforts during the 2011 outbreak.
Daniel realised that it was only a matter of time until he was to be the first on scene with casualties requiring assistance, so in early 2012 he commenced his first aid training, successfully completing both applied and advanced first aid.
His love for storms continues, but respects their dangers and is ready and willing to assist in times of need.