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the art of storm chasing
1999 / COLOR / 59 MIN / MP4 or DVD / NTSC

Even though this video was produced in March 1999, it still holds its own as a solid introduction to the fundamentals of storm chasing, featuring commentary by Gene Rhoden, Tim Marshall, and Tim Vasquez. The technology sections are comically old: no iPads and RadarScope tools here, but it gives you a historical look at how it used to be done with the first bits of mobile technology. On the other hand, the meteorology, storm targeting techniques, and safety sections remain rock solid. Sixteen years later I continue to proudly recommend this video as an introduction to storm chase techniques. --Tim Vasquez, 10/1/2015

Weather Graphics Technologies, known since 1992 for its unique, high-quality niche software, has extended its projects to include an incredible storm chase video -- The Art of Storm Chasing. Produced by Norman, Oklahoma veteran chaser Tim Vasquez with the assistance of chase gurus Gene Rhoden and Tim Marshall, the video is an insiders' look at storm chase techniques, strategy, equipment, and safety with a style that combines the vivid, fun chasing overview in Prairie Pictures' The Chasers of Tornado Alley with the cornerstone spotting techniques presented in Gene Rhoden's Stormwatcher video.

Unique content
The Art of Storm Chasing skips past basic storm information and fluffy chase segments commonly found in cable TV shows and other productions and jumps right into the heart of chase tactics. You'll head to the high prairies with veteran chasers, see descriptions of their equipment, learn about the "chaser common" radio frequency, find how various kinds of supercell storms are approached, join in on chaser convergence, and much more! With unbelievable storm structure views, smooth time lapse, subtitled date-place titles for most photography, and vivid footage, it pleases veteran chasers and beginners alike!

High production standards
The Art of Storm Chasing goes the extra mile by preserving the Hi-Fi audio tracks for compatible VCR's to let you hear lightning barrages and storm chase action in stunning clarity! We edited the program digitally, which means there's only one tape generation between the chaser cameras and your home VCR!

Incredible coverage
The Art of Storm Chasing is broken down into three main segments:

  • EQUIPMENT -- A 15-minute introduction covering radio gear, power inverters, portable computers, cameras, and camcorders.
  • FORECASTING -- A five-minute, quick and dirty introduction to 500 mb chart analysis, surface analysis, and mesoscale analysis as it relates to severe storms
  • TECHNIQUES -- Covering well over 30 minutes, you'll see and learn about various storm features, chase tactics in different situation, and safety topics.

Who it's for
With unrestricted technical content that's light on theory and complex information, The Art of Storm Chasing makes an entertaining tape for experienced chasers, an educational introduction for new chasers, and an informative summary for spotters. Weather enthusiasts, emergency management officials, and students alike will be fascinated and thrilled by this in-depth coverage of the fine art of chasing.

How to get it
"The Art of Storm Chasing", in MP4 or DVD (NTSC) format, is priced at $14.95 / $24.95 and is available from Weather Graphics Technologies.


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