Storm chasing is sometimes exciting, but most of the time it’s anything but excitement. With such long hours on the road for uncertain weather which may or may not be there, how to storm chasers manage to keep going out in search of violent weather?
WOWZA! Check out those peak wind gusts across the state over the last 24 hours. Severe wind gusts were recorded both in NE Oklahoma and SW Oklahoma. A major dust storm impacted the Texas Panhandle and falling temps finally arrived behind the cold front which sparked the wind over the last day.
We’ll end up somewhat mild today, with highs in the 50s and 60s across much of the region. Still watching for potential for some storms Friday night into Saturday across the area — no significant severe expected yet. Still thinking that potential is over a week away attm.
The Moore, Oklahoma EF5 passing within 1/2 mile of Brandon Goforth on May 20, 2013. This tornado is the type of tornado we absolutely hate to see. Violent tornadoes and populated areas do not mix. It is imperative that you have a severe weather safety plan ready for this Spring! Develop a plan now so you don’t get caught off guard later! #tornado #weather #stormseason #nature #twister #stormchasing #oklahoma #tornadoalley #storm #thunderstorm #supercell
The better parts of photographing thunderstorms are usually the more serene moments when its you and the storm. We prefer the calm and measured experience of nature over open country which chasing usually offers rather than any action packed thrill ride full of adrenaline the media might make chasing out to be. When done responsibly and ethically, chasing is as safe or safer than many other forms of nature viewership.
A supercell #thunderstorm over open fields near Seymour, #Texas on May 1, 2009. This storm had some decent rising motion underneath the updraft but never really got it together for tornadoes. Instead it was a beautiful LP-ish storm, producing large hail north and west of town. #clouds #storm #sky #skylovers #cloudlovers #cloudscape #stormscape #weather #nature
#Mammatus forming under a thunderstorm anvil in Kansas on May 25, 2012. Mammatus are formed when air sinks in the thunderstorm’s anvil, forming the egg-shaped clouds you see here. They don’t indicate the severity of a storm at all, and can even form from non-thunderstorm #clouds. From a #photography perspective, these can make for spectacular scenes! #Kansas #weather #nature #stormchasing #sky #clouds #skylovers #stormscapes #cloudscapes
The Shawnee, Oklahoma EF4 tornado. May 19, 2013.