Nov 19 2010
If there is a storm to come, everyone gets locked inside their homes. What is actually storm chasing and what are storm chasers? Well, it is as simple as that – storm chasing means following a storm (with your camera, in most cases) and storm chasers are those great fans of these natural phenomena. There are many reasons one can do that – for media or as a hobby, trying to get the best pic out of thunderstorms. People who are busy chasing storms are not necessarily thunderstorms enthusiasts, but also businessman or people curious to feel the adrenaline themselves or maybe meteorologists. All these natural phenomena, such as tornadoes, large hail, lightning, beautiful skyscapes, mammatus clouds, and supercell thunderstorms are the highest point of interest for these people.
However, thinking about chasing storms makes us think that this is a dangerous activity because on the way to the storm drivers can react quite abnormal and dirve recklessly, endangering the other drivers and chasers on the road. The process of chasing storms does not begin necessarily the moment it starts but few days before, when storm chasers explore the meterological phenomena likely to happen, such as intensity, target area, duration. Target areas are the places where it is believed that supercell thunderstorms can be seen.
The Storm Prediction Center website is of great help for those who intend taking part in such an experience. The process of chasing storms continues with driving as many hours as it’s necessary in order to reach the hot spot. Once got there, storm chasers wait for the beginning of the thunderstorm. There are cases when the storm does not begin.
The moment the storm begins, then storm enthusiasts look for another place where it is a high degree for these thunderstorms to occur. If the storm isn’t too powerful for their interest, then they leave it and go in search of another one. However, there weren’t few times when thunderstorms tricked their “fans”. In the end, when the dark comes, storms decrease in energy but there are cases when people still like to watch them at night when there is no light and things become more and more dangerous.
If we have made you curious, then the best places to see storms and thunderstorms are “Tornado Alley” (the Mid-West), Oklahoma or Kansas.