A very good Washington Post perspective on storm chasing, active vs not so active seasons and chase vacations

Bill Hark

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Shawn Connelly

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The Washington Post is click bating to get new subscribers.
The post also just put out a positive artcle about the photogrammentry data Anton Seimon, Skip, Jennifer, Hank and the team gathered from the Tipton storm. I thought it was rewarding to read something positive about storm chasing from a mainstream outlet.
 

Jeff Duda

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I generally have had a positive impression with WaPo articles regarding meteorology/weather/atmospheric science. It's that new Matthew Cappucci guy who has really darkened the stream of churnalism coming out of WaPo lately. He needs to go. Once he's gone, their greatness is restored.
 

Jesse Risley

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I always tell myself I am not going to read the comments, but inevitably I always do. Of course it always enlightens me to the overly negative perspective most of the general public seems to have about storm chasing, or at least the "volunteer bias" type of effect that comment sections tend to elicit in recruiting those with negative perspectives about chasing.
 
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I always tell myself I am not going to read the comments, but inevitably I always do. Of course it always enlightens me to the overly negative perspective most of the general public seems to have about storm chasing, or at least the "volunteer bias" type of effect that comment sections tend to elicit in recruiting those with negative perspectives about chasing.
I know, it gets me so irritated... I can’t access this particular article (out of WaPo free views right now, hopefully it resets soon), but of course I’ve seen it numerous places before and always post counterarguments when I can. Just irks me to no end when people call us crazy, that hopefully Darwinism will win out and eliminate us while chasing, etc. Just so ignorant about the actual risk level, especially in comparison to other activities, and just such miserable people without passions in their own lives, unable to understand why anybody might want to do something exciting just because they don’t.
 
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Dan Robinson

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Those commenters are a relatively new phenomenon that are a direct result of the parade of the one-sided inflammatory articles written about the chase community. It's the reason I've tried to do my best to counter it with all my various efforts, but it's a losing battle.