How to Become a Storm Chaser (Part I)

Being a storm chaser is exciting but it has more than it’s fair share of risks.

A storm chaser is a meteorological researcher who works on the field, very much in the center of all the action. When you are a storm chaser, you will travel the nation looking for storms and reporting their activity to weather authorities. The information collected by storm chasers helps weather bureaus to give correct forecasts and warnings. Also, storm chasers do research to improve weather forecasting and future storm detection.

There are many storm chasers out there that do this work as a hobby and don’t get paid for their findings. Others are paid researchers and scientists who complete fieldwork and will later create reports and publish their research.
Storm chasing has become very popular, so much so that you can practically go on a tour to learn about how this process works. You just have to remember that storm chasing isn’t for everyone. It might look good on camera, but it is scary and unpredictable. So take that into consideration before leaping into the chase.
Education Requirements to Become a Storm Chaser

If you want to become a storm chaser for a hobby, get in touch with your local television station or the national weather service to find out more information about a short course called SkyWarn. This will teach you all the fundamentals about storm watching, like how to predict storm activity, how to measure statistics, as well as how to keep yourself safe. Learning how to use a radio is also critical.

If you’re looking for really exciting work that will get your blood pumping, then you may want to become a storm chaser. There aren’t many paid opportunities in this field. Most are self-employed, so it is definitely an industry you want to get into for the love of the chase and not for the pay.