Only the Brave (with good car insurance)
Storm Chasing is a hobby, but a dangerous one and having a show on the Discovery Channel is growing this hobby. I have always been fascinated by the weather and took meteorology, aviation meteorology and climatology courses in college and did get to take part in a professional storm chase once. I also helped work on Vortex 1 data long ago but luckily Vortex 2 happened this year. There were reports amateur storm chasers kind of got in the way of the researchers.
Storm Chasing on TV
The Discovery channel has the great program Storm Chasers but it looks like the participants have changed. I'll keep watching to see if the Doppler on Wheels and Josh show up this season. I worked as a student at the National Center for Atmospheric Research while Josh was also working there. He adds the scientific perspective to the show compared to the other storm chasers.
- Storm Chasers on the discovery channel
Storm Chasing Resources
Know what you might be facing as you prepare for your chase.
Storm Chaser Poll
Have you chased?
Have you ever chased a storm/tornado/server storm?
Storm chasing is a hobby but it is a serious field for scientific research.
- Vortex 2
Tornado Research Project which took place in 2010.
- Vortex Project Wiki
The Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment or VORTEX, field projects study tornadoes. VORTEX1 was the first time scientists completely researched the entire evolution of a tornado enabling a greater understanding of the proce
- The Center for Severe Weather Research
he Center For Severe Weather Research (CSWR), a non-profit research organization located in Boulder, Colorado, funded primarily by the National Science Foundation (NSF), with close collaborations with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCA
Get a heads up on an approaching storm by having a weather station.
Great Stuff on Amazon
USA Today produces some of the best graphical representations of weather and I love this book.
Please pass along any weather or storm chasing information I should add to improve this lens.