As of the morning on Day 5 I had seen 13 tornadoes in total. I was about to double that number today. Day 5 was an epic storm chase day and many seasoned storm chasers have mentioned this was their best day ever. I was fortunate enough to experience the Dodge City-tornado outbreak of 2016. […]
Today looked really well with CAPE-values of 6.000. The problem was that there were three targets to choose from: Big Spring, TX (where I saw a landspout tornado in 2014), Woodward, OK and Donley, TX. We chose Donley since there was a big flood risk in Big Spring and Woodward did not look as good […]
Yesterday was an amazing chase day but the setup for Day 3 was looking even better! Our target area was the dryline in the eastern panhandle of Texas where we ended up in the early afternoon. The bases of the storms, however, looked ragged and dry while storms an hour to our east were showing […]
One of the most common questions people ask me when I tell them I chase storms is: “How close have you been to a tornado?”. Up until now, my answer has been “I have been underneath one“, but I think I need to update that answer after Saturday’s events. Day 2 was our first real […]
My alarm clock rang at 03.30 a.m. in my apartment in Malmö and I left tired but excited. Had a stop in Düsseldorf and then took an ancient AA plane to Chicago where I bounced on to Oklahoma City. I spent half the flight with head ache and nausea so it was not too pleasant […]
The three most common questions I get when I tell people I chase storms are: Isn’t it dangerous?, How? and Why? The first one I usually respond with: “Yes, a little bit but not much more dangerous than skiing”. The second, How?, I usually explain like in my previous blog post. The last one, the […]
One of the most common questions I get regarding storm chasing is How I actually chase them. People may ask if I go to a specific place, if I plan my flights from Sweden according to the weather or if I just drive around and look. Neither is correct but the confusion is quite understandable […]
When I tell people I chase storms I usually get five types of reactions: What? Why?! Wow! What? How?! Cool, but isn’t it dangerous? OMG! I have been wanting to do that since I was a X years old!! Ok, but you stay safe you hear!? The first ones (“What? Why?!“) are the people who […]
I have chased with many different tour guides now and they all have had different personalities and guiding styles. We have the calm and informative style of Charles Edwards and Brian Morganti or the friendly and dedicated style of Gene Robertson and Allan Dietrich. They were all excellent tour guides but I really loved chasing […]
I went back to the videos I shot at the Canadian, TX, tornado outbreak last year. I did not really have a full look at them at the time and I never took the time to upload any videos to Youtube until now. As always, the footage is a bit shaky since I usually focus […]
Yesterday I paid a visit to the Swedish national weather service: SMHI. It is something I have been wanting to do for quite some time since most of what I know about storms and weather is based on the weather situation in, and information from, USA. Sweden is a very low on severe weather and […]
Today I was treated with not only one but two different types of “inflight entertainment” I really appreciated as a storm chaser. I am not talking about the tornadoes on Mars I saw in the movie “The Martian” on the flight but these two things: This first thing is something called a “glory” I learned […]
Everyone can experience the amazing feeling of seeing a tornado or a supercell, without being a professional meteorologist or an experienced storm chaser. In this blog post I will explain what your options are and how you can make it happen. Why should you listen to me? I have personally chased storms with four different […]
I had some shaky and low quality video clips from the Goshen County-tornado I saw on my tour with Cloud 9 Tours back in 2009 (June 5th). It was the first tornado I ever saw and is still the best one. The tornado was covered by many chasers as well as the Vortex 2-project. The […]
Before my first chase season in 2009 I bought my first systematic camera, a Canon 450. I brought it along together with a pocket camera for videos. My second season, 2012, I used the same setup. The videos were horrible but the photos were good. I managed to borrow a 70-300mm Sigma telescope lens (without […]
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