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Iceni Magazine | April 9, 2020

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Useful Safety Tips for Storm Chasers & How Apps Can Help With Storm Chasing

Useful Safety Tips for Storm Chasers & How Apps Can Help With Storm Chasing

Storm chasing is an interesting hobby that can be very exciting, but also extremely dangerous.

Once someone gets involved with chasing speeding tornadoes, they can’t wait to track down the next storm. Even something as simple as a thunderstorm can be a thrilling experience when you are in the right place at the right time. To be successful with storm chasing, you need to have access to the right tools. Laptops and smartphones make it possible to take useful software and applications along with you while on the road. This allows storm chasers to keep track of storm patterns, find out about the latest weather changes and alert emergency personnel when storms are headed to major cities.

Do Plenty of Research Before Heading Out

To be a successful storm chaser, you need to take the time to learn as much as you can about the powerful storms you are tracking. Storm chasing is a dangerous task and it can be very overwhelming when you are in the middle of a damaging storm. Therefore it’s important for storm chasers to learn as much as they can about how to avoid becoming hurt during a storm, how to prepare, and what precautions you should take before, during, and after. Anyone planning to take on the challenge of storm chasing must be aware of the huge risks they are taking. Failure to do so could result in you and your crew becoming seriously injured. If you need a good place to start, check out YouTube videos uploaded by professionals and those who simply enjoy the chase.

Apps for Storm Chasers to Stay Safe

Try Not to Drive After Dark

ea to not drive after dark, especially if you are new to storm chasing. If you must drive after dark, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Be careful of wildlife in the area, especially deer. They are usually very active after sunset. If your route back home is through an area known for wildlife, you may want to find an alternate route.

Keep in mind that line markings on the highway can be much more difficult to see at night. To be safe, try to travel on roads that were not impacted by the thunderstorm or tornado if you must drive after dark to return home. Make sure you have plenty of backup emergency equipment on hand if you happen to become stranded. You will want to stock up on first aid supplies, flashlight batteries, and non-perishable food items so that you don’t have to be in a rush to return home.

Be Respectful of the Storms

For your own health and safety, as well as the safety of the crew working with you, it’s important that you respect the storms and the signs they provide. This allows you to have more control over the hazards that come with a dangerous storm. Many dangers of a storm can be predicted if you know what signs to look for. There are a few warning signs that let you know if cloud to ground lightning is about to occur. If you are at risk of a lightning strike, you may experience an uneasy or uncomfortable feeling all throughout your body. Static may build up at the top of your head or cause the hair on your arms to stand up. There may also be sizzling or cracking power lines nearby. If any of these things occur, you should get back to your vehicle or find other forms of shelter immediately.

Storm chasing may be a dangerous activity, but fortunately, there are many things you can do to keep you and your crew safe. By following these and other safety tips, you can provide a very useful educational resource that helps weather teams learn more about storm activity, all while enjoying the excitement that goes along with chasing storms. 


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