Spring is here which means that tornado season is here with peak season coming up quickly!
This thread is your source for anything and everything tornado related; tornado warnings/watches, tornado damage reports, tornado and storm chasing stories, potential upcoming storms to chase, and tornado/storm chasing videos and pictures.
Here's a sweet vid to get your tornado hype on!
D.I.Y. Storm Chasing:
I have been obsessed with tornadoes all my life, storm chasing is something I really want to get out and do this summer, it's an extremely dangerous activity which is what makes it fun, added on to the fact that you have a perfectly reasonable excuse to drive 30-40mph over the speed limit (In rural areas during a storm). Hopefully some fellow newschoolers can join in on the fun, but seriously, read up before you go out (here's a link to almost everything you need to know about staying safe if you go out storm chasing http://www.cimms.ou.edu/~doswell/Chasing2.html)
Do some research about storm formation and development before going out and bring either a cell phone with radar apps or a laptop with a 4G USB modem. This is only to ensure success (finding a tornado without the proper tools and knowledge is exactly like trying to find a lego in a gymnasium with the lights off).
Checklist for storm chasing:
-Fast and durable vehicle (outrunning a 75mph tornado in a car that only goes 65mph doesn't work)
-First aid kit, emergency lighting/flashlight, HAM radio (optional)
-Full tank of gas (you're royally fucked when you're on E by a tornado)
-A crew (driver, filmer, spotter, and storm tracker)
-Know your escape routes, plan for everything. (Don't be an idiot)
Storm chasing is fun, but it is also one of the most dangerous hobbies in the world. Have fun and chase wisely, chase wisely...