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Bad chase year - change of plans for 06?

Mike Johnson

I was just wondering how many chasers will change
their plans for next year given this year's poor chasing.
I have spoken with a few chasers who plan to cut back
next year.

Mike
 
If I have the funds available, I will make a trip to the plains next year... Nick Grillo has already surpassed me, now I feel obligated to exceed him! :lol:

Actually though, with the year being so "crappy", I am inclined to think that even MORE chasers will be out next year, just to make up for the loss of 2005 (that is, if you had a loss in 2005 - some have done very well).
 
Originally posted by Mike Johnson
I was just wondering how many chasers will change
their plans for next year given this year's poor chasing.
I have spoken with a few chasers who plan to cut back
next year.

Mike

So basically, these people had one bad year and are starting to just give up? I can't read any other explanation into that quote.
 
Never give up ... never give in.

Even this year has been interesting in several respects ... the structure on the supes caught by Magliocco and Hollingshead have been nothing short of stellar ... even though the tornadoes haven't been as numerous, there has been plenty to see out there. Every year is just different ... gotta go with the flow - - - (500 mb flow that is) :)
 
I don't really see the point in trying to plan next year's chase schedule based on this year's season. So what if the last couple of years were crazy and this is just more of a "normal" year? We're gonna get good chase days regardless. Take it as it comes, if you ask me.
 
I think that if someone heavily invested in this year and maybe had a few too many busts that they may find a new hobby, yes.
Its like fishing and hunting some people do get discouraged and move on. Chasing might be a fad for some (not me) and if they arent having fun anymore they could give up, just as easily as with anything. Lets face it if you gotta fly into the plains, rent a car, stay in hotels its expensive to say the least. Average trip cost would be easily $1000 to $1500 before the equipment, not a cheap hobby.
JMHO
 
Originally posted by bill mudd
I think that if someone heavily invested in this year and maybe had a few too many busts that they may find a new hobby, yes.
Its like fishing and hunting some people do get discouraged and move on. Chasing might be a fad for some (not me) and if they arent having fun anymore they could give up, just as easily as with anything. Lets face it if you gotta fly into the plains, rent a car, stay in hotels its expensive to say the least. Average trip cost would be easily $1000 to $1500 before the equipment, not a cheap hobby.
JMHO

I agree, but I think most true chasers will always remain "chasers". By that, I mean they will usually "arm chair" chases that they can not get to, or whatever. A true chaser will never lose interest altogether, at least in my opinion. Perhaps some who have invested heavily in 2005, money-wise, will cut back on 2006 simply because they exhausted their resources, but that's the most I can see. I don't see chasers like Shane Adams, Nick Grillo, Amos, etc. saying "screw this, 2005 was crappy, so I quit"...
 
2005

I do not think this year has been a "crappy" chase year, I have had tons of fun and shot tons of excellent video footage! Just had to work harder for it than last year which doesn't bother me. I plan on having alot more money etc. next year and will chase twice as much and travel to Oklahoma, Texas etc. much more than I have this year so far. I've still got the rest of June and the months of July, August, September, and October to see more storms so "chase season 2005" isn't over by a long shot for me yet. :D
 
I am not cutting back any in 2006. In fact 2006 I plan on chasing well over 30 chases. I am also moving to NE so I don't have to leave my freck'n state. lol jk I could never leave Oklahoma. I see no point in cutting back becuase I had a great time this year even though I didn't get hours and hours of tornado video. The only thing I regret this year is not getting some great mothership supercell pics. Hoping for more in 2005 and looking on to 2006.

No Bitch'n from the Mick'n!

Mick
 
I am actually going to plan a chase vacation next year along with regular chasing activities. My brother (who makes 190K a year) is going to be purchasing me a HD Camcorder for X-Mas this year, which has me very excited for chasing next year. Not to be a bragger, but my chasing activity next year will be even more than this year.

I will never give up or cut back on something I love doing, each storm is different and each chase is different.
 
heh

I've had a horrible year this year....Ive been stuck at work when chase days have presented themselves, the days I have been raring to go have been non-productive, and Ive hardly gotten any chasing in this year...even though I live in some of the best, prime chase territory in the world.

Does that mean I am going to quit? Hardly. It's "in the blood" so to speak. This year for me might be horrendous but why would that make me even THINK of quitting? Sure, I joke about it sometimes, yes, out of sheer frustration . Sure I complain and whine when the realities of my spirituality, paying bills, working a career , and the concerns of my family outweigh the passionate pursuit of chasing severe weather... but quit? In reality, No way, no how.

The reality is I will ALWAYS have that fascination for severe weather, I have had it since I was 4 years old... no way I can lose it now on behalf of a bad season. I will ALWAYS love the thrill of the chase, and weather is one thing that always changes... no chase is ever the same and I guarantee you later this year, next year, or whenever, if the opportunity is there and I am able to, I will be out there with nature witnessing the spectacle of atmospheric violence and beauty.

There are those who I believe were spoiled by the last couple of years. This year, the game has just been set to the "difficult" level. Does that mean you stop playing? Not at all. You keep on keeping on, learning, growing in knowledge.

Once a chaser, ALWAYS a chaser. Cutting back on chasing is impossible for those addicted to the experience. Those who give up now will, if they truly are indeed a chaser, absolutely regret their decision...and they will be back.
 
Originally posted by Ben Prusia
My brother (who makes 190K a year) is going to be purchasing me a HD Camcorder for X-Mas this year, which has me very excited for chasing next year.

What's his number? Tell him you have a really good freind by the name of Mickey and he needs a new HD Camcorder also. Ben you know I have always concidered you and I close. Like brothers you know....
LOL

Lucky...

Mick
 
Cut back??? No way!!

I'll be chasing until I am in a nursing home on a breathing machine unable to move, or unable to afford financially. Even then i'll probably still be watching the situation closely from my bed.

Slumps and hot streaks come and go, just like in sports. 2005 is probably a "slump" in most eyes, I would have to agree to a point. Chasing is something that is in my blood, along with many other chasers, nothing is going to change that. Bad chase seasons are going to happen, thats a givin. No amount of slumping will ever touch those that truly live for this stuff.

Always remember- A slump usually means a hot streak is right around the corner.
 
This year has no impact on my decision to chase. That just seems crazy to me. Maybe some got spoiled by 2004, I don't know. I can understand if someone has financial or personal obligations that would cause them to cut back on chasing. But just because photogenic tornadoes have not fallen at your feet this year is no reason to give up. If it is, then you never had the passion and probably should find something else to do anyway.
 
2006

There is no way we'll see less chasers next year than this or any other. The storm chaser community is now worldwide and growing and is proving to be a profitable business for some (like it or not). I met chasers from the UK and Australia in Kansas this year, which is awesome, and I hope they don't get deterred from chasing next year due to a few cap busts.

Personally, I'll have more time to chase next year because I'm now in grad school and won't have 6-7 classes a semester. I hope my cruiser can last that long...need to get the 30,000 mile checkup. It'd be nice to have a spring season next year instead of jumping directly from winter to early summer.
 
Bad Chase year, change of plans for 06?

If tornados were easy to see and the weather was easy to predict, it would not be nearly as exciting. The fact is that skill and patience were the name of the game for 2006. Some of the better chasers seen several tornados this year. That makes me want to hit the books just that much harder this off season. I love a challenge, and finding tornados when others cannot is the big pay-off.
For me "06" will be a big change. No more picking 2 weeks out of a hat and buying a plane ticket from Arizona hoping to see action. I picked the worst 10 days of the whole season this year! I am in the process of buying a Suburban and decking it out to the max with equipment. (All stealth, no flashers and stickers for me). I will be driving out from Phoenix when things look more promising. To hell with the "death ridge" you can keep those!
 
Although I am disapointed in this season so far given this is the driest storm season in my lifetime, I do realize that there are still a couple months left for the Great Lakes area. I am keeping some hope and faith that one time this month I will head out on the first chase of the year (yeah I haven't even headed out yet). There will always be tomorrow, there will always be next year. It's just the way the weather patterns happen to be... each year is different, and you won't see me quitting (although I have joked a few times). I realize there is nothing I can do to change the weather, so I just have to accept the fact that this season has not been very good for me so far. Chasing storms is in my blood so I am very determined to head to the plains for the first time next year. I was about to go down this year, but important plans have changed that.

I guess this means I should get my ham license and practice using my soon-to-be-new video camera.

As Shane Adams once said on his website....

Without the busted chase, we would not appreciate the good ones.

I think I would have to agree with that one.
 
Guys, its not as if we are even done with 2005. And people are already talking about changing plans in 2006? I could have sworn we just had a high risk two days ago...and another big day forecasted tomorrow. Maybe I'm wrong here...but we're currently in the peak of this year's season, and I find it kind of odd that one can already determine that this year is a failure. We've had this discussion one too many times this year. Just chill, and let it come. IMO, persistance is going to pay off this year. Those who are throwing in the towel may regret that soon.
 
This year for me has just begun. Last week, I had zero tornadoes for the year. Just in the last four days I have seen four tornadoes and some absolutely beautiful supercells.
 
The only thing I can say is that I will come better prepared. Not so much in the chase equipment dept, but a better understanding of how this fluid atmosphere works.

Remember, There will always be the down days in no matter what you do. Without a firm understanding a bust is very likely even if you have a steller chase vehicle with all the toys on a high risk day.....

I feel I will be more effective with knowledge on good OR bad days. I can remember when I first started doing this 10 years ago I could'nt even see decent storm structure let alone a rain drop on a mod risk day!

With that said, I will hit the books, ect when summer comes.

For me, the harder it is to get it, the more I want it.
 
Are you kidding me? Quit?? No way! Once an addict, always an addict...I mean, storm chaser. :)

Sarah
 
Well, I am tired, pissed, dissapointed and poor. Two weeks trying to chase under the ridge from hell. 7000 miles and no tornadoes, only a couple of weak supercells. Most days were down or driving days. I then flew out for one day on June 4th, was on the tornadic storm of the day from the beginning, made one road error and missed the tornado. arrghhh!!

Of course, I will chase again but I hate 2005!! I will make one adjustment in strategy. I have to schedule a block of vacation time in advance with little flexibility but if there is a huge death ridge, I will delay coming out (or come home early). I blew a lot of money and time driving across Tornado Alley for marginal stuff that I probably won't bother with during a "normal year." Chasing and driving to potential marginal stuff made sightseeing and exploring difficult. I know unusual things can occur but that is usally when the upper level dynamics are generally favorable and some small and overlooked surface feature triggers a tornado. Not under a death ridge. No more trying to chase under death ridges.

Bill Hark
 
Come on...geez. It's not like this is the first time we have had a slow year...and besides, it's not even over yet (as this past weekend shows). There is no way to even possibly plan next years chasing based on this season. Quite simply, you chase on the days that are chasable...be it 5 days or 50 in a season. There is no way that you can sit here and tell me that any legitimate chaser would stay at home on a weekend like this past one just because last years season was so slow, he did not plan to chase on those days...oh well, so sorry, tough luck...better luck next week on the planned days.

Anybody who's whole chase season revolves around a planned "chase vacation" of 1 to 2 weeks in the plains is chasing Vegas style...roll the dice and take what you get. There is nothing wrong with this, but it does contain inherent risks, and if you do chase only on a vacation, you should be willing to accept this. Chasing offers no promise of success or failure...the chase is what you make it. The disappointment comes from one's own expectations.
 
Slow years are going to happen on occaision, that's all part of chasing. If Mother Nature wants to act like a b***h one year, I personally wouldnt let that affect my chasing decisions for the following year. In my opinion, the 2005 season is far from over, June and July can be very active months, so I'd wait a while before making any plans for next year. This year has been crap for me since I've been stuck at work during most of the recent events, hopefully I can free up during next year's season.
 
Slow seasons will come, thats how nature works. Not every season will be like 2003 and 2004. Even in season like the past 2 this is no guarentee you would even see a storm up close let alone a tornado. Storm chasing isint good for people with little or no patience and dont like failure more times than not.
 
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