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STORM CHASING HANDBOOK

Second Edition

by Tim Vasquez

2008 / 322 pp. / 206 illustrations / ISBN 0-9706840-8-8

7 x 10" / Monochrome / True bound /

Offset print / Glossy color cover


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"If severe convective storms are in your realm of interest, then I highly recommend the Storm Chasing Handbook, whether you intend to chase or not. The pages on severe thunderstorms and their forecasting are well worth the book's modest price."
-- Storm Chasing Handbook review
Keith Heidorn, The Weather Doctor

"Storm Chasing Handbook occupies a special niche in my book case here in Honolulu. It was acquired at the "Severe Weather Workshop" last March in Midwest City. I've mentioned it to all my Ham friends who participate in Skywarn as the 'Storm Chasers Bible'!."
-- Thomas A. Seale, Honolulu

"I really enjoyed reading the "Storm Chaser Handbook", an excellent book! Never before have I seen a book so informative, chock full of photos and anecdotes, yet condensed into easy-reading material!"
-- Eric van Lochem, Dundas, Ontario, Canada

The Storm Chasing Handbook is the definitive bible on storm chasing, packed with nearly 300 pages of storm chase history, philosophy, technique, and travel information. Using key findings from the past four decades of scientific literature, readers learn the inner workings of severe weather and dabble with the fundamentals of forecasting techniques, blended with wisdom from the authorís own experiences. Many skilled chasers contribute their own wisdom in the form of anecdotes, tales, and funny stories. From target area and storm type prediction to successful, safe navigation, the Storm Chasing Handbook has it covered. A large appendix features a Great Plains travel guide covering local history, culture, meteorology, and geology for nearly 100 chase routes, as well as broadcast radio and NOAA weather maps, a summary of past chase years, and much more!

Includes nearly a dozen illustrations and cartoons by pioneer and storm artist David Hoadley, some of which were commissioned especially for this book. Contains great photographs by Roger Hill, Gene Rhoden, Karen Leszke, Roger Edwards, and the author himself.

Perfect for new chasers looking for a good start, seasoned veterans looking for travel information, chase tour customers, weather hobbyists, and anyone who deals with severe weather on a regular basis.


Contents


CHAPTER ONE -- STORM CHASING
2 The history of chasing
5 What is a chaser?
8 Philosophy and objectives
11 Ethics
13 The yahoo
14 How to start chasing

CHAPTER TWO -- EQUIPMENT
18 Camcorders
23 Digital cameras
26 Film cameras
27 Camera film
28 Photographic accessories
29 Weather stations
32 Navigation aids
33 GPS navigation devices
35 Cellular phones
39 Mobile Internet
43 Data broadcast receivers
45 Radio
50 Television
51 Electrical power
52 Vehicles
54 Odds and ends
56 Chase partners

CHAPTER THREE -- THE THUNDERSTORM
59 Thunderstorm basics
60 Thunderstorm ingredients
66 Storm type
69 Supercell types
75 Thunderstorm phenomena

CHAPTER FOUR -- FORECASTING
87 The ingredient-based approach
88 Analysis
92 Diagnosis
93 Forecasting
94 Instability
96 Moisture
102 Lift
105 Shear
111 Dryline
113 Front
113 Orientation of boundaries
115 Terrain
116 Numerical models
121 Long range chase forecasting
125 Internet data sources

CHAPTER FIVE -- STRATEGY
129 Chase area targeting
131 Approaching the storm
132 Underneath the storm
136 Reporting severe weather
138 Nighttime

CHAPTER SIX --SAFETY
141 Safety in numbers
143 Driving
147 Navigation
148 Weather safety
149 Health considerations
151 Environmental safety

CHAPTER SEVEN -- TRAVEL GUIDE
158 West Texas
172 North Texas
184 Panhandle Region
198 Oklahoma
212 Eastern Kansas
224 Colorado & West Kansas
236 High Plains
248 Northern Prairies
260 Canada

APPENDIX
264 Great Plains dining
271 Travel time map
272 NWS telephone numbers
274 NOAA Weather Radio
278 AM/FM radio chase maps
282 Annual chase digest
288 Top ten mistakes
289 Hail size
290 Fujita damage (F) scale
291 Enhanced Fujita (EF) scale
292 Named storms and tornadoes
293 Storm troubleshooter
294 Chase tours
295 References
300 Glossary

304 / Index