Manager & Founder
NZP Chasers has been growing since 2014. Since then, we have amassed over 900 000 views on YouTube alone. NZP Chasers is mainly comprised of content created by Francis Lavigne-Theriault, the founder & owner of NZP Chasers and now Skystock. "NZP" stands for Near Zero Probability, which is a concept where group members chase every severe thunderstorms, regardless of the probability of tornadoes. Some of the best chases have been near zero probability (of tornadoes). For example, Simla, CO in 2015 had a 2% tornado chance:
Over the years, Francis specialized in weather content and developed fundamental skills in photography sales, video licensing and content creation to the point where, in 2015-2016, weather content creation and sales was his primary source of income. Since then, the market has shifted significantly and so has YouTube. Francis continues to adapt his skills as a videographer, photographer and freelancer. Over the last several years, Francis gained professional experience in science communications, social media, media relations, content creation and weather consulting. More recently, Francis got certified as an Environmental Professional in training by ECO-Canada and works for the Northern Tornadoes Project conducting research on Canadian tornadoes and as a communications expert.