Hi Alex,I've never been weather aware until I moved to the KCK (Overland Park) area 4 years ago from the east. Ever since I've been terrified of tornadoes. Getting panic attacks and not able to function normally when I hear thunderstorm on the news. I've been learning about the weather and tornadoes a lot and now am a Skywarn storm spotter. I now understand more about thunderstorms, tornadoes, and their structure. My fear now changed to respect and admiration towards weather.
I still have lots to learn, but eventually I would like to see a thunderstorm in person. Skywarn, books, and videos do a very good job in teaching by providing lots of pictures and videos, but there's nothing like seeing the real thing live.
I would like to go out with someone with experience, but I know it's hard to find someone like that. Any tips on finding this "mentor" or going out on my first "chase" alone?
Hey Tony,Hi Alex,
I live in the UK but chase in the USA every spring. Pretty much have some 15 years experience and worked as a guide for Silver Lining Tours on two seasons. My arranged chase partner has had to change his dates of availability to early May which is not looking that good in my opinion and is too soon for my current work schedule. This puts me on a solo chase again this year, though much prefer to have an on board navigator and co driver TBH.
Do you have a facebook page? We might be able to talk further from there!
PS. Based on the extended outlook and the general pattern ; probably more like a late May or early June chase!
Also; If you are that nervous around storms are you sure you want to chase them??
OK Alex, I'll email you to chat. Though ATM I have not booked my dates as I am hoping to chase a relatively strong sustained weather pattern (if there is such a thing). So your dates will need to be fairly flexible.Hey Tony,
My fear or nervousness around storms had to do more because of the lack of knowledge of the weather. The more I keep learning the more respect I have towards storms and the more I want to learn about them.
I haven’t done any storm chasing yet and have had the opportunity, but I don’t want to go out my first time alone. I’ve read too many stories of rookies going out alone and get hurt or killed.
I can be reached at my email: email@example.com
Thanks for reaching out. Best regards,
Date availability will be determined based on duration of chase and location. But, overall my dates should stay flexible.OK Alex, I'll email you to chat. Though ATM I have not booked my dates as I am hoping to chase a relatively strong sustained weather pattern (if there is such a thing). So your dates will need to be fairly flexible.
I'd be down this year if I had the funds. My car keeps needing work and it's taking out of my budget to chase the AZ monsoon coming up, so I won't be able to make it to the plains until next year at least...if you're still doing it then as wellI will be driving the long trek from Florida to the plains for my chase vacation from May 20th through at least the first week of June. My chase partner will be unable to attend this year so I have room for up to 2 people if anyone is interested in teaming up to save on expenses. I have experience forecasting and have been chasing in the plains every year since 2009. Drop me an email kg4jcf (A) gmail.com.
Im outta Denver, but on a play it by ear basis due to my job.
I got some play time coming up this spring. However, I am more than annoyed with the Colorado cold core setups that never produce anything more than storms with hail, torrential rain and pretty rainbows and overly cautious tornado sirens.
i want the good stuff. Oklahoma/Central KS.
im about 6-7 hours drive away from there.