How to Become a Storm Chaser (Part II)

Become a storm chaser for the enjoyment and not for the money.

If you want to work as a storm chaser for your profession, it’s vital to know that most folks in this vocation don’t make a lot of money. Some folks do become a storm chaser full time, they sell video recordings and photos to media agencies to make their income. They have to put in a lot of what they make into equipment and travel costs.

If there aren’t any storms, they don’t make any money. The average salary for this sort of storm chaser is $18,000 annually. Storm chasers usually support themselves with a second job or will only work as a storm chaser during the storm seasons.

Other storm chasers are really meteorologists who chase storms as a part of a research project or as a part of a bigger job description. For example, they may be a college instructor or work for the weather service or spend a couple of months a year chasing storms and collecting data. To be a meteorologist, you will need to have a bachelor’s degree in science as well as a postgraduate degree in meteorology.
Storm Chaser Job Description

When you become a storm chaser, you will be looking for severe weather patterns. Typically, you will begin with a report that severe conditions are expected in a certain area. Most often with a crew and specialized equipment, you’ll go out to the site and attempt to reach the storm. This involves predicting its behavior and direction.

At the site of the storm, there are many things a storm chaser may do. They might set up meteorological equipment to take different readings and data. They may take video and photographs of the storm. They will usually report to authorities via radio the severity and direction of the storm from the ground, so as any due warnings can be given.