What is Storm Chasing?
Storm chasing can mean many different things to many different people. You see a lot of conflict amongst people who do (or don’t) call themselves storm chasers. All of that type of discussion is typically frivolous anyways.
The big thing to differentiate here is storm chasing is not storm spotting. Storm spotting involves a person heading out from their local community and reporting on severe storm movement, behavior, and impacts for their local community. Typically spotters don’t leave their local area and their goals are more to relay information.
Storm chasing, on the other hand, involves a pursuit of (typically) severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. Most people chase for personal reasons — only a very small number of chasers actually chase with a legit scientific mission with a realistic plan for results.
The vast majority of us chase as a hobby, and it is a great hobby, but expensive. Most storm chasers chase with cameras and internet in order to get pictures and film of severe weather — with the goal of documenting and observing a dynamic atmosphere at work.