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Be AWARE** A "Membership Card" or a "Certificate" from any individual or group other than the  Skywarn Spotter Program is worthless in achieving acceptance as an Accredited Skywarn Spotter. 

             No doubt about it Storm Chasing is exciting.....however, storm chasing can be and frequently is VERY dangerous business and should not be done without proper training, experience and equipment.  This page of the Twister Chasers website is to help persons who are serious about helping other people, about saving lives....

So you want to become a Storm Chaser!  Fantastic!  Anyone can claim to be a full-time Professional Storm Chaser, the key to becoming an "Expert Professional" storm chaser or a "Veteran Professional" storm chaser is...you need the educational tools to accomplish your goal.  Many Expert Professional Storm Chasers began their careers taking the Skywarn Spotter Training and studying every aspect of severe weather.  At these training sessions you will be able to link up with veteran professional storm chasers, trained weather spotters, as well as, disaster response personnel and Ham operators.   SkyWarn Spotter Training is an invaluable tool to accurately understand various aspects of severe weather.  

Obtaining your Amateur Ham Radio License  is crucial to relay emergency information to the NWS, Emergency Management and Trained Spotter Group in the Area.  Quite often cell phone coverage is lost due to damage of cell towers during a significant severe weather event.

**Follow these links for the some of the best educational tools towards becoming a Storm Spotter

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F-scale

Class

Wind speed

Description

mph

km/h

F0

weak

40-72

64-116

gale

F1

weak

73-112

117-180

moderate

F2

strong

113-157

182-253

Significant

F3

strong

158-206

254-332

severe

F4

violent

207-260

333-419

devastating

F5

violent

261-318

420-512

incredible

 

   KD5RHE is Kathryn Piotrowski's official Ham call sign (KD5 Rain, Hail, Everywhere)....Every storm chaser should get their HAM license

When I go storm chasing there are several items that are with me, always. My HAM radio, my Dell Laptop, DeLorme GPS and mapping, fold-out maps of the particular chase area, my digital camera, Chaser Dog "Sky", extra water, a first-aid kit and a container full of new stuffed toys. These toys are to take to the emergency command center in the event of a disastrous weather event. I am hoping that a child may find comfort in this small toy.

 

 

                                                             Let's Have Some Fun!!

Tim Vasquez has put some chase cases together that allow you to do some forecasting.  You are given certain maps and data, then you try to forecast the target area.  Put your favorite chase cap on and figure the parameters for a good chase or a bust, you just never know.  Happy Chasing!

                                                                                 

 

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