Learn to Forecast For Your Next Chase

Learn the basics on how to forecast for a storm chase in this section!

The Types of Weather Models

This long-form course is all about weather models and the different types of weather models. This course covers what each different model type does and what they’re best for when forecasting. If you haven’t done so, be sure to check out our introductory course to weather models, The Hitchhikers Guide to Weather Models. When it…

My 10 Favorite Model Graphics for Forecasting Supercells and Tornadoes

Our 10 favorite graphics for forecasting supercells and tornadoes is the closest we can get to actually giving a morning routine walkthrough when it comes to forecasting severe weather. This almost 13 minute video will walk through all 10, what to look for, and how we use them to forecast supercells and tornadoes.

An Intro to Hodographs

Hodographs are one of the most misunderstood features in storm chasing — here’s a primer on how to understand them.

How to read weather radar reflectivity products

When it comes to how to read weather radar and the basics — there aren’t a lot of different ways to approach it. In this video, we take a look at Weather Radar and how to best use it as a storm chaser.

How to read weather radar velocity products

When it comes to how to read weather radar and the basics — there aren’t a lot of different ways to approach it. In this video, we take a look at Weather Radar and how to best use it as a storm chaser.

Choosing a Storm Chase Target: Warm Fronts

When it comes to warm fronts there’s a real love/hate relationship storm chasers possess with them. On one hand, some incredible cyclic tornado machines have occurred on them — on the other they can be quite fickle when it comes to getting the right ingredients to come together. Let’s learn about them! Why Warm Fronts…

Choosing a Storm Chase Target: Triple Points

When it comes to storm chasing, dry lines may be the bread and butter of targeting — but triple points are oftentimes the bullseye that demands attention. This region is also often an overlooked target for new storm chasers. Don’t ignore it. The triple point is usually where the dryline meets a warm front or…

Choosing a Storm Chase Target: Ingredients to look for

Making a successful storm chase forecast and getting the best storm chasing targeting involves a lot of work. Severe storms need lift, ample wind shear and ample instability to sustain themselves. Hence, a lot of the work in forecasting storms hinges on these three ingredients. These main ingredients make up the fundamental elements you always…

Choosing a Storm Chase Target: Drylines

When it comes to a bread and butter surface boundary for storm chasers, it is hard to argue with the dryline being anything but that. Present each spring where the dry and hot airmass of the desert SW interfaces with the warm and moist airmass of the Gulf of Mexico, drylines are what make a…

Choosing a Storm Chase Target: Boundaries

Surface boundaries are the basic storm chase target. In this video, we discuss the different boundaries you can target for storms while out chasing. There are numerous boundary types to keep in mind from dry lines to warm fronts to cold fronts to outflow boundaries and more. We’ll talk about the different surface boundaries and…

The Hitchhikers Guide to Weather Models

Weather models are a confusing if not completely complex topic! In this nearly 20 minute video, we break down what weather models are, their strengths and weaknesses, and how you can use them to develop better storm chase forecasts. Topics we will cover are things like model resolution, how models have improved over the years,…

How to Read Skew-Ts: Put it into Practice!

We’ve reached the end of our series, How to Use Skew-Ts. Before you watch the video below, make sure you’ve spent time watching the other videos in this series: IntroLCL, LFC, ELCAPEWind ShearComposites and Lapse Rates Now let’s put it all into practice! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8zNXlaH8k8

How to Read Skew-Ts: Lapse Rates and Composite Parameters

While the Skew-T chart itself isn’t exactly a great way to find composite parameters, the graphics on most sites do provide a way to get insight as to what the composite parameters such as significant tornado and supercell composite say. By looking at skew-t charts and graphics, you can determine the lapse rates as well.…

How to Read Skew-Ts: Wind Shear Parameters

Skew-Ts are an excellent source to gauge wind shear in the atmosphere. Raw index numbers like bulk shear or helicity can be misleading when it comes to gauging how good the wind shear is. Small problems with shear can make or break a day, from a weakness in the mid level jet stream winds to…

How to Read Skew-Ts: SBCAPE, MLCAPE, MUCAPE

Measuring CAPE (instability) in the atmosphere is a very important part of forecasting for severe weather. CAPE is short for convective available potential energy. When it comes to tools to know exactly what the atmosphere is planning for the day, there are no better tools than the Skew-T to gauge the exact measure of instability.…

How to Read Skew-Ts: LCL, LFC, and EL

LCL, LFC, and EL are three often overlooked values for new storm chasers, but they’re vitally important to how a storm chase day is going to go. The easiest way to approach these is via Skew-Ts. Skew-Ts can be a confusing thing to read, but the methods for finding what you are looking for are…

How to Read Skew-Ts: Intro

When it comes to using Skew-Ts for severe weather forecasting — there are a lot of things to know. First off, Skew-T charts are just darned confusing when you first lay your eyes upon them. Then to top that off, things can get really weird in a hurry when you dig into the uses for…