- from Tornadoes
“Storm chasers” are people who—you guessed it—chase storms.
These people take time off from their everyday work to listen to weather forecasts and watch the skies in an attempt to predict storms and tornadoes. When they believe conditions are ripe for a tornado to occur, they get into their vehicles and race to the scene, trying to reach the storm before it develops.
What would make someone want to chase a storm? Some do it for the sake of science—chasers offer meteorologists valuable firsthand information in the form of close-up pictures and videos. Some do it for public safety—they want to be able to warn people that a tornado is coming and perhaps save lives—and some do it for the sheer thrill of the chase.
No matter why they chase, all chasers have one thing in common—a respect for and fascination with the awesome, unpredictable, compelling, and unique phenomenon called tornadoes.