US Stormchasing

SPC Day One Outlook

The USA is where most storm chasing takes place. Why? There are many reasons, not least of which is the fact that the USA has some of the worlds most violent and changeable weather. This is in part due to the large land mass and the fact that the country has the warm Gulf of mexico at one end and the Cold Canadian Prairies at the other. Other reasons why the US is so popular with chasers is that there is a great transportation and road network so you get about quickly and easily. There is an abundance of weather data available via the internet and other sources and many of the areas where storms form are flat giving great panoramic vistas and good views of distant storms. There are two principle storm chasing seasons in the US. The tornado season is in the Spring with it’s peak during May and June and the Hurricane season runs from June 1st to the 30th of November. During the winter the US also experiences dramatic Ice storms, while thunderstorms are common in the Gulf.
The NOAA National Weather Service is responsible for issuing storm and severe weather warnings in the USA. There are two main sites of interest to storm chasers. These are the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) and National Hurricane Center. As well as the internet NOAA has a radio service that transmits warnings that can be picked up by special low cost and readily available radio, this is the NOAA weather Radio Service. If you really want to get close to a tornado or into the heart of a hurricane, but have no chasing experience then I suggest you use an experienced guide or join an organized storm chasing tour. If you know what your doing then you may find our US chase links page helpful.


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