If you haven't seen it, Discovery Channel has a series called 'Storm Chasers.' It features Research Scientist and Meteorologist Josh Wurman and IMAX filmmaker Sean Casey as they partner to find and film the biggest tornadoes in the U.S.
Storm chasing has slowly been moving into the mainstream media in the last several years, thanks in part to the large number of storm chasers in the Midwest that carry cameras with them along with extensive media coverage of landfalling tropical cyclones.
I've been chasing storms professionally since 1999 and have had the priviledge of working for The Weather Channel, National Geographic, The Weather Network (Canada) and others since that time.
Meteorologist Jim Cantore has been a friend since I met him in 1999 while we covered Hurricane Dennis in Wrightsville Beach, NC. He stopped by the studio today to say hello and catch up with all of us who have worked with him. Between 'Storm Chasers' and my conversation with Jim, I suddenly found myself wishing it were early May - and prepping to head to the Midwest to watch the skies and hope for some good storms that develop in some undeveloped farm land.
If you've ever had a desire to go chase a tornado, there are several tour operators that operate organized tours in the Midwest each year. One that I chase with is Storm Chasing Adventure Tours. Their website is www.stormchasing.com. Check them out. And be sure to say hi if we happen upon the same storm.