I don’t think that’s dumb at all ! I feel the same way. I don’t “chase” winter storms, but I spend the winter watching each opportunity and hoping it comes together for my area. Not specifically for the photography, but for the overall drama and experience. Beyond the love of weather itself, it’s just a great feeling to be hunkered down at home while it’s snowing, whether it’s a raging blizzard or even just some “mood flakes.” Or going out to shovel, burying some beers in the snow to drink after, and coming inside to a hot meal. I agree ice storms are gorgeous and photogenic, but my desire for those is tempered by the unwanted impact on my trees/bushes and power I belong to a local Philadelphia weather forum, where the crew seems to be much more into winter storms than anything else (I guess because none of the other weather around here is too exciting ) I don’t know nearly enough about winter weather forecasting, but enjoy following the discussions anyway. If I didn’t have hurricanes to track in summer/fall, or winter storms to track in winter, I would go even crazier than I already do after getting back from my chase vacation.Thirdly, this sounds dumb, but winter-time photography (especially ice storms) are my third favorite to photograph and enjoy. Nothing in the off-season gets me pumped like seeing a great winter storm come together. Probably not the most popular thing on here, but its what I love!
Great topic btw!
I was one of those dots. Sat under the thing with basically zero to see and drove off with no idea what I was missing. I was an hour west before I caught wind of what I left behind. Ugh. That and deciding to head home rather than chase KS the next day were my two big mistakes this year.On the Imperial, NE day I was with a group that had a person that "had" to see a tornado, so we played around too close in (did see rapid rotation and 70mph RFD) but when I saw the structure photos later it was my biggest disappointment of the season. I can't count how many times I have been several miles away from a storm marveling at the structure and seeing numerous SN dots right up next to the area where a tornado might occur and wondering what the heck they were doing.
Well said Jeff, I feel exactly the same way. Before my goal is met - especially if I didn’t meet it because of my own errors and squandered actual opportunities - I tend to be too pissed off and frustrated to enjoy the “other” stuff. I might enjoy it on the first day or two of chase vacation, but as time runs out and disappointment sets in, it becomes harder to enjoy. Then maybe on the last day or two I’ll get my head screwed on straight and realize I’d better enjoy whatever I can before it’s all over.Oh yeah I love snow and photographing it, esp when snow skiing. Now about tornadoes..
If I drive 14 hours or spend hundreds of dollars on air fare, I'm going for tornadoes. Period.
Stretch goal is DDC or Harper-Attica. One really can't expect it, but such days make the vacation.
Threshold goal was met this year. We saw two cycles, but only a few minutes each cycle. One was photogenic.
In-between is something like Rozel. It was two long photogenic cycles. In fact it's close to DDC for me for personal reasons (chaser company including two first-timers).
Goal not met would be a single crappy cycle or very distant. Moderate distance is good because one can get both tornado and structure, but long-distance is meh.
Once threshold goal is met the pressure is off a bit, and we can enjoy structure and other experiences.
In 2016 DDC met stretch goal. Therefore I'm able to appreciate a non-tornado day same trip. ...
The said non-tornado days would not be great memories if we did not meet goals other days of the trip. Maybe I should learn to appreciate those days regardless.