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Storm Chasing

Thu Jul 04, 2002 1:26 am

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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RE: Storm Chasing

Thu Jul 04, 2002 1:30 am

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.

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RE: Storm Chasing

Thu Jul 04, 2002 3:16 am

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.
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RE: Storm Chasing

Thu Jul 04, 2002 3:20 am

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
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RE: Storm Chasing

Thu Jul 04, 2002 4:33 am

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!
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RE: Storm Chasing

Thu Jul 04, 2002 1:16 pm

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.
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RE: Storm Chasing

Sat Jul 06, 2002 4:20 am

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!

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RE: Storm Chasing

Sat Jul 06, 2002 4:32 am

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.
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RE: Storm Chasing

Mon Jul 08, 2002 2:40 am

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.
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RE: Storm Chasing

Mon Jul 08, 2002 3:53 am

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

Mon Jul 08, 2002 1:42 pm

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.
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RE: Storm Chasing

Mon Jul 08, 2002 2:24 pm

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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