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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Annually, 37,000 people die each year in vehicle crashes. An additional 2,350,000 are injured or disabled in vehicle accidents yearly, just in the United States. In March of 2017, the storm chasing community lost 3 storm chasers, 2 of which were independent contractors for The Weather Channel. Kelley Williamson and Randy Yarnell were media chasers. Unfortunately, careless driving was the fate of the two and Corbin Lee Jaeger was the victim to their careless driving. But, this post is not to downgrade any of them, but to bring light to careless media chasers. First, media chasing is different than regular storm chasing. When you are media chasing, you have sponsors to

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Annually, 37,000 people die each year in vehicle crashes. An additional 2,350,000 are injured or disabled in vehicle accidents yearly, just in the United States. In March of 2017, the storm chasing community lost 3 storm chasers, 2 of which were independent contractors for The Weather Channel. Kelley Williamson and Randy Yarnell were media chasers. Unfortunately, careless driving was the fate of the two and Corbin Lee Jaeger was the victim to their careless driving. But, this post is not to downgrade any of them, but to bring light to careless media chasers. First, media chasing is different than regular storm chasing. When you are media chasing, you have sponsors to

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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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As I sit here and think about what to type, I have one word. Amazing. This was the first actual chase I had where I had a co-pilot. Even better, he knew about weather and what to look for! Not many chasers are lucky to have a co-pilot/navigator during chasing. Dean and Laura were alone yesterday, which was a bit worrisome since we were under an Enhanced Risk and tornado watch. I picked up my navigator just north of Butler, and we started heading south to Saxonburg, PA. They have a history of tornadoes and funnels since it’s so flat. When we pulled in, it was probably only 6-minutes we were

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As I sit here and think about what to type, I have one word. Amazing. This was the first actual chase I had where I had a co-pilot. Even better, he knew about weather and what to look for! Not many chasers are lucky to have a co-pilot/navigator during chasing. Dean and Laura were alone yesterday, which was a bit worrisome since we were under an Enhanced Risk and tornado watch. I picked up my navigator just north of Butler, and we started heading south to Saxonburg, PA. They have a history of tornadoes and funnels since it’s so flat. When we pulled in, it was probably only 6-minutes we were

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Yesterday, I went ona chase like no others during the daylight. We had a storm moving in from Ohio, and I had the perfect vantage point. I was going to be busting through the middle of a 1″ hailcore. This was also my first time chasing in unknown area. As you can see, the storm was growing intensity. Here are a few pictures of the system itself. Unfortunately, the storm decided to head more north than East, so I was back on the move. Weaving in and out of the hills of Ellwood City, I was able to get on top of the mountains and follow it north for a few

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Yesterday, I went ona chase like no others during the daylight. We had a storm moving in from Ohio, and I had the perfect vantage point. I was going to be busting through the middle of a 1″ hailcore. This was also my first time chasing in unknown area. As you can see, the storm was growing intensity. Here are a few pictures of the system itself. Unfortunately, the storm decided to head more north than East, so I was back on the move. Weaving in and out of the hills of Ellwood City, I was able to get on top of the mountains and follow it north for a few

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