Becoming a storm chaser isn’t exactly that hard.
In fact, becoming a storm chaser could be as easy as getting in your car and driving towards the nearest storm. But we don’t recommend that for safety reasons.
There is no college degree for storm chasing, in fact there aren’t many actual jobs for storm chasers. Most jobs as storm chasers are not full time. In fact, everyone who has ever made a living chasing has done it combining chasing with other endeavors. You won’t be able to just drive around and film weather and hope to make a living.
Sorry, so many dreams just burst and we are totally to blame for that one.
How Do You Start Storm Chasing?
The first step towards your first storm chase should be done with educating yourself in mind.
Shameless plug time, if you are hitting up this page wanting to start chasing and don’t know where to start — Titan U is a great resource for you begin educating yourself.
There are countless online weather resources, but only a couple are geared towards chasing storms (*coughs and points to Titan U link above*).
Another good step is to attend a local NWS skywarn training class — these are meant to be pretty comprehensive beginners guides and they are. Definitely attend one.
Regardless, the biggest thing to remember is that knowledge is power. Seek a lot of it before you ever dare venture out onto the roads.
See also: Titan U
What Do You Need to Become a Storm Chaser?
The biggest must is a reliable vehicle.
Storm chasing is an activity that requires you to drive thousands of miles a year, so you need good and reliable transportation. This is also going to be your biggest expense over time with gas along with vehicle maintenance and upkeep.
Other items you might consider before starting chasing: a camera to document what you see, accessories for said camera, a mobile weather station if you want to record data (entirely optional), a good smartphone + relevant apps, paper maps for when your smartphone fails you, a first aid kit, and other emergency supplies.
My general rule of thumb is be prepared for as much as I can think of. That includes flat tires, small cuts you’ll inevitably get, and extra water just in case.
Find a Storm Chasing Friend
If you know of someone locally that chases storms, you might contact them and ride along for awhile. Split costs, ask questions, and enjoy learning how to pursue Mother Nature.
Generally, we wouldn’t recommend starting chasing without first having someone more experienced taking you on a few chases. This is one of the best ways to learn some of the finer points of chasing.
Storm Chasing, A Great Hobby
Storm chasing is a great hobby with the potential to be helpful towards society in pursuing mother nature’s fury.
The best advice we can give is take it slow, learn by giving yourself tons of distance between you and the storm, and enjoy the beauty that is our atmosphere.
If you have questions on how to get started with chasing, we are always happy to answer questions. Use our contact form or the comments below to ask!