Who are storm chasers?
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Storm chasers are scientists and amateur storm enthusiasts who track and intercept severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. Two reasons for storm chasing are: 1) to gather data to use in researching severe storms; and 2) to provide a visual observation of severe storms indicated on remote radar stations. In addition, television personnel will chase storms to produce a dramatic storm video. Storm chasing can be an extremely dangerous activity in which strong winds, heavy rain, hail, and lightning threaten one’s safety. Most individuals who chase storms are trained in the behavior of severe storms.