Storm chasing has reached a fever-pitch in this country and indeed around the world! Shows like the Discovery Channels’ “Storm Chasers” have brought chasing severe thunderstorms and tornadoes (a once a rare and nearly all-academic pursuit) to a whole new level. Drama included. This may or may not be a good thing depending on who you talk to but one thing is for sure, it is here to stay!
Popularity aside, what does it do for me personally? Well, it satisfies on a few levels.
Storms are the holy grail of study for many meteorologists or weather hobbyists. They are the reason many choose to study the weather. While all will tell you we don’t want them, certainly if they wreck havoc and destruction, we are fascinated by them nonetheless. For some, this means trying to predict their movement and intensity while for others, observing them in the field is what gets their juices flowing.
Well, storm chasing satisfies both the prognosticator and the hunter in me. In this day and age, I don’t have to wait in one spot to see an interesting storm. Technology has made storm chasing much easier.