Hodographs and Storm Photogenic-ness/Spotting Hazards (Guest Lesson from Cameron Nixon)

The hodograph is a super important tool for storm chasers to master because it can anticipate storm mode and…yes, how they’re going to look and behave.

In our first ever guest lesson on Titan U, guest star Cameron Nixon (https://twitter.com/cameronjnixon) takes you through the hodograph and what it looks like to use them to gauge how photogenic storms are going to be on a particular day.

Cameron is a PhD student at Central Michigan with a master of science from Texas Tech and a Bachelor of Science from Valparaiso. You can read more about Cameron on his website here: https://cameronnixonphotography.wordpress.com/about/

Gauging storm photogenic-ness with hodographs is possible. But this is an even more powerful lesson if you combine it with the other bits of forecast knowledge you need.

The hope is that after watching this lesson (and taking in a few other lessons with Titan U *hint*) you’ll be more prepared to tackle the 2020 storm season. Gauging which target will result in storms that are more interesting for the camera is always a tough call, but hopefully you’ll feel more confident going forward!

Check out Cameron on the web!

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cameronjnixon
Website: http://cameronnixonphotography.wordpress.com/

10 thoughts on “Hodographs and Storm Photogenic-ness/Spotting Hazards (Guest Lesson from Cameron Nixon)

  1. Very useful compilation, I've been searching for something like this for a long time. Excellent work! I'm sure I will be referencing this a lot next season. Side note: You don't happen to be ed bolian's alter ego from vinwiki ? Look and sound just like him : P

  2. Is there such a thing as an online manual that teaches you how to read a hodograph? I use the NEXLAB site often but I don't know how to interpret a hodograph when I do a sounding. I notice that the hodograph lines appear to be color coded and I'd like to know what the colors mean. It's something I would like to learn. Thanks for whatever info anyone can provide me with.

  3. The mothership look in a supercell thunderstorm the mesocyclone that rotates into a funnel shape forming into a tornado is very photogenic in these types of thunderstorms.??

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