What is Storm Chasing?

Storm chasing is a term that is defined as someone who is chasing storms or different weather conditions with some motive. It can also be done out of curiosity, for adventure or for some kind of scientific investigation. The person who does storm chasing is known as the storm chaser. However, there is a need to have a motive behind this act. People chase thunderstorms and feel delighted for witnessing the beauties of nature. Apart from that, cloud patterns are also observed.

History of storm chasing:

David Boadley Source: Photo © 2006 C. Doswell

Storm chasing has become a quite popular concept. People tend to move towards the areas where they can witness the giant activity of nature. Tornado Alley is quite a popular place for the storm chasers when they gather in every spring season to see the dramatic displays of nature. Although it is a popular concept, most of the people are not aware of the history behind it.


David Hoadley is considered the pioneer of storm chasing. He began chasing storms in his own hometown in North Dakota. He started this journey in 1956 and became a founder of Storm Track Magazine. Apart from that, he owns a newsletter that convinced all storm chasers to come on a single platform. As a result, a chaser community was generated.

The tornado intercept project was started in 1972 with the collaboration of University of Oklahoma and National Severe Storms Laboratory. The start of this project was a start of a new field that explores the nature of tornado and further details. At the same time, the magazine by Hoadley played a major role in developing a better understanding. As a result, the first generation of the storm chasers was born.

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Another thing that played a major role in increased interest in storm chasing was the film Twister that was released in May 1996. All these factors combined together to form a new concept of storm chasing.
As a result, several people started it as a hobby. However, people who wanted to carry out a scientific investigation are also included in the community.

The interest in the storm chasing has also increased due to the advancement of technology. The internet has become a source of increasing community. Now people don’t have to go behind the storm and chase them. They can simply watch all the pictures and videos on different websites. Apart from that, scientific discussions are carried out on various platforms that have created an online community as well. The modes of knowing about some phenomena have changed. Previously, people have to take the vehicle for a typical storm chase but now, the times have changed.

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Resource: http://www.tornadochaser.net/tornalley.htmlhttps://stormtrack.org/whos-who-in-storm-chasing/david-hoadley/https://stormtrack.org/, http://www.nssl.noaa.gov/research/tornadoes/

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