This is a course for beginning or even intermediate storm chasers to learn some targeting basics from us. The very basic jist of this course is that we want to teach some practical hands-on approaches to targeting for storm chasing.
What this course is not is an exhaustive review of meteorology or the science behind weather — this course approaches chasing as something unto itself and really skimps over the science aspect in favor of pattern recognition and targeting based off of that. What we have found is that you don’t need an exhaustive knowledge of the atmosphere to be an effective chaser (but it does increase your love of the chase, trust us) — so we approach things in this course from a very surface level approach.
This course includes the following lessons:
- The Basics of Storm Chase Targeting: The Ingredients – What ingredients do you need for a good storm chase? This is different than the basic approach to what you need to simply get storms. We dissect.
- The Basics of Storm Chase Targeting: The Boundaries – What boundaries are the most conducive towards successful storm chases? We take a look at a few surface pattern setups.
- The Basics of Storm Chase Targeting: Drylines – The dryline is the original home of storm chasing. Why is it so vaunted, why do some chasers love it so much?
- The Basics of Storm Chase Targeting: Triple Points – Triple Points are oftentimes the easiest ‘go here’ target of storm chasing. What’s so special about them?
- The Basics of Storm Chase Targeting: Warm Fronts – Warm fronts are incredible targets oftentimes, with prolific tornado setups occurring along them in history. We take a look.
- The Basics of Storm Chase Targeting: A Sample Workflow – Now its time to tie all of this together with a sample workflow from a historical chase day. You ready?
We’ve done videos on chase targeting before, but this series really hits at six core points. Give it a watch!