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first time chasing storms
05-23-2007, 02:15 PM
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first time chasing storms
Hi, I have no experience whatsoever of stormchasing, but I'd like to start Friday.
Conditions are favorable for some nice thunderstorms.
CAPE 2000+, Lifted Index -4 - -7, Dew Point 70°F +
I finally have a cars so I can start chasing now.
Do you have some tips for me, I don't want to be disappointed/bored
I don't have lightning detectors, are those a necessity for storm chasing?
I will have to drive at least an hour to get into a more thunderstorm prone area, so I will only be able to look at lightning strike-maps on the internet beforehand.
Any idea on how to organize the trip?
I live in Germany and I want to head to Southwestern Germany to have a better chance, maybe you can find some material on the weather situation on FRIDAY, because what I'm looking at is all German, and I don't know if you're comfortable with clicking yourself around there.
Help really appreciated!
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05-27-2007, 03:10 AM
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First off I am unware of what they have available to the public there in Germany. A lighting detector is just a variable that would come in handy but is not needed for storm chasing. What alot of people here in the U.S. first usually start off with, is away to track the storms. Some people just wait until there is a tornado near by and go after it with no equipment what so ever. We usually call these people weather fanatics. A storm spotter usually knows enough about the weather to chase it. You need some way to actually see the storms like a doppler feed through the internet. So youll need a pretty good laptop with a wireless feed so you can get radar through your laptop to analyze the storms direction and velocity etc. And if there even worth tracking. Another way people track storms are through a radio or a scanner. There are usually people that have frequncies that they use when tracking these storms. Its probaly a whole different story over there, hopfully this helped a little.
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05-27-2007, 04:51 AM
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Because if you go and look at your TV and the storm appears to be getting stronger as it goes. The time you go and track it, it may be nothing left except rain. You have to know what storms have the capiability have producing. So analyzing the storm before you actually go track it down is very strong point.
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06-07-2007, 04:28 PM
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Maybe look up "Skywarn Germany" they have one...

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06-12-2007, 12:07 PM
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Clever, Shawn...
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11-05-2007, 10:54 PM
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Disclaimer, If you chose to chase you do so under your own responsibility. My goal is to inform those of what they should read, learn and study before taking on a hobby as dangerous as stormchasing. -gerrit



First and foremost, Before chasing I recommend many things.

1. Learn Severe Weather Clouds, structure, criteria (what makes weather severe, etc)

2. Buy the book from this link http://www.weathergraphics.com/chasing/

3. Try To read as much as you can from this website. http://www.k5kj.net/training.htm

Southeast Idaho Skywarn #JF23
http://www.severeidaho.com
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11-09-2007, 02:43 PM
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Take a Skywarn Spotter Training session as well...
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