Offseason Storm Chasing Topics


If I wore watches, I might consider this one…

This is just a partial screen capture of their Flash script output, since there’s no direct link to the pertinent information on their site. Is this a good watch for a real storm observer? Beats me! I don’t know the first or last about who is or isn’t reputable among watchmakers; so don’t take this as any sort of endorsement. Instead, for better or worse, it is just another example of how far this hobby and severe weather terminology in general have permeated into the commercial culture. For what it’s worth, I do happen to own and use a Worth Supercell softball bat.

Besides dispatching softballs between outfielders, they’re great for dispatching yard-destroying armadillos via staccato blows to the varmints’ skullcaps. 😉

[EDIT] At the request of GregS (per comment below), I’ll add the following additional example of the infusion of the term “storm chaser” into the realm of factory-produced stuff. I suppose you now have some fine Christmas gift ideas for the hopeless severe-storm geek in your life.

That looks comfortable, especially behind the gust front; but I’m instead considering a photographer’s vest for next spring (separate internal and external pockets of various sizes for lenses, filters, batteries, wipes, etc.).


A respected meteorological colleague and storm observer, Jason Jordan from LBB, has posted a nice review of the Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L lens.

This is a piece I’ve considered either renting or purchasing used sometime, to complement the 28-70 mm f/2.8 L-series glass that I procured last year (which itself has been an absolutely dependable workhorse as my primary lens). The weight of the lens Jason reviewed would be no problem for me. I’ll have to wait for a good deal, though, since

    1. I’ve got a very good non-L series f/5.6 zoom lens up to 300 mm (up to 600 mm when clamped into a doubler), for whose slowness I can compensate in other ways, and

    2. I’m trying to save up for a camera body upgrade from the original 5D to its Mark-II successor sometime in the next year or two.


Some folks have asked me what I think of the various “reality TV” shows on TWC and Discovery Channel purporting to chronicle the adventures of storm chasers. Truth is: I try not to think about it! This entry will be my first and final words on the subject online, for now and posterity. I’ve only seen assorted snippets rather accidentally, and didn’t desire to watch anymore. What’s the point of all the egregious overdramatizations, pseudoscientific inaccuracies, selective and deceptive misplacement of footage, hyperventilative blabbering of participants, and other needless audiovisual rubbish spewing forth at dizzying, breakneck pace? So-called “reality TV” in general never interested me, but especially when applied to the Evel Knievel style of patently self-promotional and unsafe chasing practices, and circus sideshows these TV crews choose to display and/or concoct.

In short: None of that storm-tabloid, XTREME INSANE trash is worth a dingleberry on a dog’s ass. I’m not wasting my time with viewing stupid “reality” soap operas about a tiny, marginalized, unrepresentative fraction of so-called “storm chasers” who choose to act like deranged fools before a national audience. Instead of watching such shows, I much would rather go out to observe, photograph, and most importantly, deeply appreciate the actual storms, without concern for how much publicity, recognition or money I’ll get! And that’s exactly what I plan to do, as I have since I could drive, at every opportunity afforded to me by life’s circumstances.


One Response to “Offseason Storm Chasing Topics”

  1. tornado on November 11th, 2009 10:43 pm

    From GregS:

    Consider this too for your latest blog post:


    My response: Good one. In case the link doesn’t work, that’s the LL Bean “Storm Chaser” jacket. It actually might come in handy in the cold outflow.

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