David K. Hoadley (born 1938) is the first known storm chaser and was founder of Storm Track magazine. He is also a sketch artist and a photographer.
Hoadley’s interest in storms began shortly after he graduated from high school when, in June 1956, a severe thunderstorm caused straight-line wind damage to trees and power lines throughout his hometown of Bismarck, North Dakota. Following this, he chased locally and then for several springs roamed Kansas and Oklahoma. He earned a B.A. in political science from Indiana University and a M.A. in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia. After graduate school he volunteered for Army ROTC, went to intelligence school, and chose to be stationed in dusty Fort Riley, Kansas in “Tornado Alley” as a lieutenant. He, who retired in 2003, later made a career at the Environmental Protection Agency and continues to reside in Virginia.