Some of us have seen the scene from the move “Twister” where the crew is driving through a field. Unfortunately, that same scene plays out in “tornado alley,” an area of the United States known for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. Driving through one’s field is considered trespassing. Farmers probably don’t appreciate a bunch of storm chasers ruining their crops. Crops are a farmer’s livelihood. When I chase and document storms, I stay on public lands. Examples are state game lands and/or state parks. I sometimes pull off the side of the road if space permits to view a storm. I try to put myself in the property owners shoes. If I

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Some of us have seen the scene from the move “Twister” where the crew is driving through a field. Unfortunately, that same scene plays out in “tornado alley,” an area of the United States known for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. Driving through one’s field is considered trespassing. Farmers probably don’t appreciate a bunch of storm chasers ruining their crops. Crops are a farmer’s livelihood. When I chase and document storms, I stay on public lands. Examples are state game lands and/or state parks. I sometimes pull off the side of the road if space permits to view a storm. I try to put myself in the property owners shoes. If I

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Storm chasing has changed a lot in the past decade. Advances in mobile internet has opened storm chasing up to anybody who has a smart phone. Years ago, a storm chaser had to find a library or any place with internet to check data on impending storms. Storm chasers had to know how to read the sky, meaning knowledge of cloud and storms types were a must. There are increasing numbers of new storm chasers each year. People chase for various reasons. Some like to photograph storms. Some like to experience the weather. Some sell their footage and./or pictures for profit. And last but least, there are those doing research on

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Storm chasing has changed a lot in the past decade. Advances in mobile internet has opened storm chasing up to anybody who has a smart phone. Years ago, a storm chaser had to find a library or any place with internet to check data on impending storms. Storm chasers had to know how to read the sky, meaning knowledge of cloud and storms types were a must. There are increasing numbers of new storm chasers each year. People chase for various reasons. Some like to photograph storms. Some like to experience the weather. Some sell their footage and./or pictures for profit. And last but least, there are those doing research on

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May 1, 2017 was an active severe storm day in western and central Pennsylvania. After a couple days of summer like temperatures, a strong cold front moved through bringing cooler temperatures. The Storm Prediction Center had most of Pennsylvania under “enhanced risk” for severe weather. At the time of writing, it feels more like a fall day than a spring day. I was documenting the storm that moved through at the Jacksville Esker at West Liberty and Mt. Union Roads in Worth Twp, Butler County, PA. I chose that vantage point because I am able to get a great view of the storm and I have a couple escape routes. I

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May 1, 2017 was an active severe storm day in western and central Pennsylvania. After a couple days of summer like temperatures, a strong cold front moved through bringing cooler temperatures. The Storm Prediction Center had most of Pennsylvania under “enhanced risk” for severe weather. At the time of writing, it feels more like a fall day than a spring day. I was documenting the storm that moved through at the Jacksville Esker at West Liberty and Mt. Union Roads in Worth Twp, Butler County, PA. I chose that vantage point because I am able to get a great view of the storm and I have a couple escape routes. I

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It’s finally Friday and the weather is gorgeous. Thursday evening, 4/27/17, a cold front passing through triggered strong storms. I was in position ready for an intercept by 5:00 pm. My target area was northern Butler County. Around 4:00 pm, light rain showers moved through the area. Behind it was a line of storms forming. There was just enough sun to make the atmosphere unstable. Instability is one of the ingredients required for storms to form. There was a nice looking storm cell on radar moving northeast past Youngstown, Ohio. But the one I had my eye on was moving northeast from south eastern Ohio. That storm was severe when it

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It’s finally Friday and the weather is gorgeous. Thursday evening, 4/27/17, a cold front passing through triggered strong storms. I was in position ready for an intercept by 5:00 pm. My target area was northern Butler County. Around 4:00 pm, light rain showers moved through the area. Behind it was a line of storms forming. There was just enough sun to make the atmosphere unstable. Instability is one of the ingredients required for storms to form. There was a nice looking storm cell on radar moving northeast past Youngstown, Ohio. But the one I had my eye on was moving northeast from south eastern Ohio. That storm was severe when it

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Happy Thursday everyone. It feels like a summer morning. High temperature is forecast to be in the low 80’s. Strong storms are in the forecast despite the beautiful morning. According to the Storm Prediction Center, all of western PA is under “marginal” risk for storms. That means isolated severe storms are possible. Storms will fire up along the cold front. Impacts from these storms include damaging winds, large hail, and brief downpours. According to the National Weather Service, timing for these storms are between 2 pm and 10 pm. Don’t let the sunshine fool you. The sun’s rays are heating up the atmosphere which will result in instability. Instability is on

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Happy Thursday everyone. It feels like a summer morning. High temperature is forecast to be in the low 80’s. Strong storms are in the forecast despite the beautiful morning. According to the Storm Prediction Center, all of western PA is under “marginal” risk for storms. That means isolated severe storms are possible. Storms will fire up along the cold front. Impacts from these storms include damaging winds, large hail, and brief downpours. According to the National Weather Service, timing for these storms are between 2 pm and 10 pm. Don’t let the sunshine fool you. The sun’s rays are heating up the atmosphere which will result in instability. Instability is on

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