We've discussed at length the best times to schedule a fixed-date chase vacation (which is the last half of May). But as we all know, the atmosphere operates on its own schedule - it simply does what it will, when it will. We can't change it, and it certainly will not change to accommodate us. So, to successfully see its displays, we must mold our schedules to that of the atmosphere's - that is, chase when good patterns present themselves. To preface this, I understand that many are bound by family and job obligations and the prospect of chase trip flexibility is simply impossible. If that's you, this post isn't directed at you at all. For others, I get the impression sometimes that *some* additional flexibility might be attainable, but might not be considered to the degree it could be. Some of this boils down to personality. Some are of the type to be in complete control of their day-to-day lives, planning every hour or day in advance. To deviate from this is to introduce uncomfortable chaos, and is unacceptable. I know several people like this who have wanted to go chasing with me, but they always back out because there is something going on that week that they don't wan't to postpone. I'm not talking about a wedding or the birth of a child, I'm talking about things like cleaning the gutters out on their house that Saturday, defrosting the freezer, a dental appointment, picking up a suit from the cleaners, or some other errand or chore that they want to get done. "Can we leave a couple days later so I can get this done first?" some say. I respond with "I wish that were possible, but the atmosphere doesn't wait". In the end, they choose not to go, simply because it interrupts their rigidly-planned routines. Surprisingly, some of these same people tend to complain after the fact that their chase seasons have been bad. I say no: A truly bad season (like 2006, 2009 or 2018 so far) is rare. Tornado season is April-May-June, and almost every year, there are good patterns during that timeframe. The main reason most have "bad" seasons is because they don't go when the atmosphere says it is time to go. Again, I know, for some, this is completely out of their control. For others, I believe it might not entirely be. Let's take 2012 for example. 2012 was in fact an excellent season, for no other reason that it produced one exceptional day on April 14. What more can you ask of the atmosphere? It gave a nearly perfect tornado setup, with days of advance notice, and it produced! What are the reasons you hear for missing days or systems like April 14, 2012? Some are valid. "I couldn't get off of work". "My son had a little league game". Others, not so much. "I had a big to-do list at home that day". "I had a dental checkup that Friday." "I wanted to get my 10-mile run in that afternoon and didn't have time for the flight". My question is: what's wrong with postponing the to-do list for the next weekend? Or calling up the dentist and saying " I need to reschedule my appointment" (even if they charge you $50 for the missed date)? I expect the non-chasers I know to not care enough about seeing a tornado to rearrange their lives around them in the spring. It's puzzling though to see some chasers, who presumably *do* care, not willing to make the adjustments. Everyone is different, and maybe getting the to-do list at home done that day really is more important for some than seeing a tornado. It's not wrong to be that way, and I'm not being critical of you if you are. To each their own. But don't expect the atmosphere to be so generous in giving you great storms & tornadoes when you don't do the one necessary thing: simply being there when it happens. Other hobbies have similar dilemmas: the bird or wildlife migrations/flocks that only happen at a certain time. Solar eclipses. Heck, even fireworks over a city on the 4th of July. If you want to see amazing things in the world, you have to go there when they happen, not when it's 100% convenient for you. If you're always missing it because of the to-do list at home, maybe the "bad seasons" you keep having might rest more on you than on the weather.