HAPPY NEW YEAR! - 2005 CHASING RESOLUTIONS...

So 2004 is over and 2005 will begin. Anybody care to make some chasing resolutions for the new year? Remember that RESOLUTIONS are changes, improvements and decisions that you make and that are pretty much in your control (if you have the will power) as opposed to GOALS. For example...

Resolution: I vow to not drive over 75 miles per hour on any chase this year. (that was only an example and not my resolution :roll: )

Goal: I will see 25 tornadoes this year.

Ok, you get the point. Have fun with it.


I would like to sincerely wish all of you and your loved ones a safe, happy and prosperous new year!

Fabian
 
Resolution: To use a tripod more. I was pretty good about it last year. Oh, and to talk less during my videos :lol: :roll:
Goal: see 10 or more tornados on my 3 week trip along with a 2 1/2 mile wide wedge, ala Hallam, NE May 22
 
My resolution is to take video or pictures on every chase (nearly half my chases in 2004 have no video/pics to show for it). My goal is to see a tornado in at least three time zones.....especially the Pacific.
 
Jeff and David are right on with their resolutions. I also resolve to get more video encoded and on the internet within a shortest reasonable time after a chase.
 
To try and build a webpage and ofcourse as everybody else... "use a tripod" and shut up while filming :wink:
 
My 2005 Chasing Goals

1. To have at least 4 tornado days.
2. To chase South Dakota (or at least pass through it).
3. Tripod more video and shoot more stills.
4. Chase over 10,000 miles through at least 10 different states.
5. To have my girlfriend see at least one tornado.
 
Resolution: To keep improving my faith in my ability to pick a target. I want to learn to stay put until the 11th hour before bailing on a target, even when other storms in other places have initiated and are producing.

Goal: To make every tornado I see a great piece of video
 
Resolutions:

Use tripod more
Talk less during video and not to say anything stupid :)

Goal:
Get tornado on film for once! I've seen possibly 2 so far, and don't have anything to prove that to others.
 
Resolutions: I would like to use a tripod this year. Most of my video is pretty shaky.

Goals: I would like to see at least 4 tornadoes and I would like to be in another tropical system.
 
Resolution: Leave early every chase day.

Goal: See half as much as 04.
 
Originally posted by Mike Hollingshead
Resolution: Leave early every chase day.

Goal: See half as much as 04.

That would still be a good year by normal standards for most of us. Last year was incredible and will be hard to top. :wink:

As for leaving early. I have been working on that the past few years and have gotten better. I would rather sit on the side of the road for an hour or two and wait for show than try and play catchup all day or miss something because I left 10 minutes too late (has happened a number of times). if I think the cap will bust at 3 then I want to be there by 2 so I have time to update my data and make adjustments.
 
Resolution: Leave early every chase day.

I love leaving early...there is nothing better than hanging out waiting for the cap to break. Tossing a football or frisbee with the chase partners, maybe eating a leisurely lunch, and perusing data slowly are just some of the benefits.

The only problem I see in leaving early is the tendency to want to shift your target area as soon as the first storms go up elsewhere. As long as you stick to your guns, it works out pretty well.

Gabe
 
My New Years chasing resolution....





....TO GO CHASING! :wink:
(haven't been on a chase in the Plains in 4 years)
 
Resolution I vow to not drive over 75 on any chase this year. I got slammed with two speeding tickets this fall and I didn't bother getting court supervision, which means one more and I'm suspended... and that will put a quick end to any chase plans I have.

Goal Bust less! I bagged my first tornado this year and that's more than I expected, but with the increase in gadgetry (wifi, gps, cell phone modem) I hope I'm intercepting the severe stuff a little more often this year.
 
1) To have the camcorder on the tripod LESS.

2) Chase alone less making it easier to get some insane close up shakey video of stuff getting chewed up. (partially sarcastic)

3) Resist the urge to do stupid April chases in the trees.
 
resolutions:

1. stop doing any more chasing in MO (tempting though to do since I live here, however, it results in little more than frustration)
2. unless there's overwhelming evidence to do so I will not leave my original target
3. unless I'm positive there's a better vantage point I will not move to try to get a better view (and risk losing a "good" view trying too hard to get a "great" view)

goals:

1. less busts
2. better pics
3. avoid hail
 
2005 Resolutions:

1) Become a better forecaster.
2) Ask for more time off from work in May. (I only take 1/2 days off to chase and when it's all said and done I've only used a week of vacation and missed the big tornado events)
3) Video the ground contact and pan back out to the full tornado more often.
4) Leave earlier, stay longer, see more!

Goals:
1) Hear a tornado (never heard one yet)
2) Survey some tornado damage (haven't yet, probably a good thing)
3) Get into some gorilla hail (my windshields' already trashed from last year!)
4) Get my number of posts over 100.
 
1.) Chase more:
In the past I have only been able to chase a handful of times because of $$$$ (gas prices) and being able to get off work. The money thing should not be a big problem in 2005 sense I have teamed up with two others (split the gas three ways) but getting off of work always creates a big problem.
It’s sad, I get 5 weeks of vacation each year (have almost 7 weeks built up) and it’s such a pain to take off and when I do they are always calling. Mickey what’s this, Mickey how do you do this, or damnit Mickey what the hell have you done.


2.)Use the tripod more

3.)Get on the road earlier: Which is possible now that I have more ways to get data in the field. (Thanks Bill)

4.) Get my wife to go chasing with me at least once this year.

That’s about all I can think off.

Mick
 
Resoloutions: To not go crazy and use new words when I can't get the tripod out because it's hung-up in antenna coax.

Goals: To shoot more tripoded video of more of everything I see and not take anything for granted. To have fun.
 
Resolutions:
1. Be more aggressive with long distance chases (as in even if the target is more than 200-300 miles away, just go for it!! But I did better on this part last season...went solo in Nebraska 8) )
2. Document better (the where and when parts)
3. Keep practicing forecasting (the hand analysis part...even upper air!)
Goals:
1. Get as many tornadoes and as much hail as possible 8)
2. Just have fun no matter what happens !!!

Angie
 
For those wishing they would use a tripod more I highly suggest getting a window clamp. I never used a tripod before I got one, and now I rarely shoot video not mounted. Also, if you are mindfull enough you CAN shoot still video handheld...just have to keep reminding yourself of the fact you want to make it still.
 
Originally posted by Mike Hollingshead
For those wishing they would use a tripod more I highly suggest getting a window clamp. I never used a tripod before I got one, and now I rarely shoot video not mounted. Also, if you are mindfull enough you CAN shoot still video handheld...just have to keep reminding yourself of the fact you want to make it still.

Also
if using handheld method , lay off zooming as it will intensify any shakiness and STOP THE VEHICLE

I've got plenty of examples if needed.... :oops:
 
Originally posted by Mike Hollingshead
For those wishing they would use a tripod more I highly suggest getting a window clamp.

I was looking for one with the removable shoe that would transfer to my tripod and I finally did.
http://home.att.net/~jpfotog/windowmount2.jpg

Resolution: 1)To get out earlier on chase day and to do a little better job on forecasting. 2) To chase with a partner from time to time.

Goal: 1)Like everyone else, to get more footage using a tripod and window mount. 2) To chase up into Nebraska with success instead of just Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas.

Your welcome Mick! :)
 
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