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User currently offlinePortcolumbus From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1623 posts, RR: 3
Posted (13 years 11 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 997 times:

Have any of you been storm chasing? Seen a tornado? What kind of equipment do you bring along?

I'm thinking about going one of these days, but I'll probably buy a GPS first.


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User currently offlineNJTurnpike From United States of America, joined May 2000, 580 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 11 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 992 times:

Never done it but stormchasing is high up on my to-do list..tornadoes absolutely fascinate me. I've been watching too much Discovery Channel.

User currently offlineFly_yhm From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 1714 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (13 years 11 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 985 times:

I dont do storm chasing like you guys think but if I see a severe thunder storm isn;t going to make a direct hit on me but rather a few miles away then i will jump on my bike and ride to it.

Where will you spend eternity? He,s more real then you think!!!!!
User currently offlineSSTjumbo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 11 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 983 times:

A.net members interested should plan a date and head out for a week chasing west of I-35, not to mention some nice aircraft spotting along the way  Big grin. I'm in, boys. Big grin

User currently offlineHurricane From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1444 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (13 years 11 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 973 times:

No, but I've seen it on TV!
I am fascinated with weather, and especially severe thunderstorms. If I didn't want to be a pilot so bad I would be a meteorologist. Heck, I might anyway!
Never chased a storm, but I've had them chase me. I've been within a mile of a tornado in Iowa numerous times. Excruciatingly exciting and excruciatingly scary at the same time!
I really would like to spend some time in tornado alley chasing storms. The guys on Twister made it look so fun!

User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6544 posts, RR: 29
Reply 5, posted (13 years 11 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 957 times:

I have a buddy who gets in his car and drives 900 miles, one way, to see a tornado. I think it has a lot to do with the marijuana that we, of course, never smoked in high school. I think he's a bit touched myself.

The day you stop learning is the day you should die.
User currently offlineAirlinelover From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 5580 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (13 years 11 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 940 times:

I-35? What state is that in? My brother lives in Oaklahoma, and when I visited him, we had some storms.. WOW.. WAY different from what I see in Michigan.. The clouds almost looked PAINTED in the sky!


Lets do some sexy math. We add you, subtract your clothes, divide your legs and multiply
User currently offlineSSTjumbo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 11 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 939 times:

Chris, as far as I know, I-35 runs south from Kansas through Texas. West of there is the alley where you can see storm on the horizon hundreds of miles away. East of there you get into the forests and towns and it becoms hard to track storms if you can't see them. Chances are even greater east of I-35 of stormchasing fatalities due to this. West of the interstate through Oaklahoma and northern Texas, I belive, is the best part of the states to chase tornadoes. We're a couple of months removed from tornado season, but right now comes lightning season for spotting lightning strikes. In a couple of months will be hurricane season in the coastal states, then through the winter will basically be catching snowstorms in the northern states. However, winter tornado season in the Gulf states can be quite spectacular if you're willing to risk it. Tornadoes here are generally more powerful than during spring season in the Alley. That's about the whole lo' down on the situation.

User currently offlineDavescool2001 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 19 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (13 years 11 months 19 hours ago) and read 915 times:

I storm chase, I chase locally though I dont go like three states away just because there is "suppost" to be something. Equipment I bring along? my NOAA weather radio, a camera and a bunch of film.

I have images at www.b-dstudios.com/2002.htm and at

As for seing a tornado, no not yet but have seen a few funnel clouds, and chased a few cells that had spotter confirmed tornadoes. Its fun BUT, learn weather first, and gain expierience with a more "expierience" before going out on your own. You can also call your local ESDA and tell them you want to volounteer to become a storm spotter, they train you for free.

Chase safe.

User currently offlineTransactoid From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 788 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (13 years 11 months 18 hours ago) and read 909 times:

I'm a huge weather nut. "Unfortunately", we don't get too many tornados here in Southern Ontario to go chasing after ...  Nuts

User currently offlineEIPremier From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1550 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (13 years 11 months 8 hours ago) and read 892 times:

I'm also a weather nut, but I don't happen to be an adrenaline junkee. If a tornado wants to chase me, so be it, but personally, I don't care for the reverse senario.

User currently offlineBarcode From Switzerland, joined Dec 2001, 678 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (13 years 11 months 7 hours ago) and read 887 times:

Can't you go on Storm Chasing holidays in the USA ? I've been thinking about this on and off - but I'd have to take someone with me - that way I can pretend to be brave in the face of a mean looking tornado, as opposed to my usual neurotic reaction to anything dangerous.

The funny thing is, I managed to SLEEP through a tornado hitting our house four years ago .... I woke up the next morning to discover our conservatory had become quite mobile ( IE: It was not there ) and a house down the road had suddenly been transformed into an advertisement for open plan living ...

We were the fortuitous ones ...

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