Storm chasing is not a game

5 thoughts on “Storm chasing is not a game”

  1. I love the storms in tornado alley, and it must be said that hardly any of them produce tornadoes. But some of the do, and I have seen an F-5 up close and personal (Topeka, 1966) and do not want to do that again, and my sympathy to those who were injured and to the families of those killed in every tornado this year… and years and years ago.
    People who are not afraid of the power of these storms have done much good in understanding of these storms… and there is a price for that… as there often is a price for our passions and our bravery..
    However, the advancement in tornado science has saved many life in the last ten years… from a five-minute warning, it’s fifteen now. In another five years it might be twenty-five. That’s a lot of people who don’t have to die.
    These particular chasers did not die in vain… they gave their all in the service of science, and in the service of mankind.
    Yes, I admire them and their work, and I am very sorry that they got caught in the midst of this storm… they were brave men, doing something that they loved and that would benefit the people who live in the great plains.

    1. I’m sad too. Apparently they were some of the best in the business, scientists and researchers studying how tornadoes work in order to make us all safer. Too many chasers are out there playing their macho games with one another. The public needs facts from scientists on the ground and in the air observing the storm’s behavior, speed, and direction. These men were very good at what they did. But even the best aren’t good enough when the storm acts as erratically as this one did. Perhaps in the future chasers should stay farther away, in case the next storm also turns unexpectedly. Maybe with the radars we have now, they don’t need to be out running with the storm. We, they, have some thinking to do.

... and that's my two cents