The Fatal Choices of Storm Chasing in the United States

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The Great Plains is one of the United States’ most captivating places. With it’s soft ocean of green valleys, the roaring ever-changing wind gust, and the daily blanket of sunshine. However, as nice as living in the Great Plains sounds, the grand terrain is almost overcome by the dark fatal forces; the weather. The weather in the Great Plains is as predictable as playing poker blindfolded, with its deafening storms and house-relocating twisters no one could imagine such as natural force exists. As intimating as this sounds, some Great Plain folk find storm chasing a wild addicting thrill. Although storm chasing is as popular activity and considered fascinating, storm chasing is lethal and extremely unsafe due to a number of reasons. It wasn’t in till the early 1970’s when the first storm chase was documented. However, the background on storm chasing has been around since the word “tornado” became a definition. Former storm chaser Dan Robinson has his personal definition of what “true” storm chasing is, “The term ‘chasing’ implies the careful forecasting and tracking of storms, then driving to them to make observations and take evidence.” (Robinson, 5) But does this include the facts that the past shows about storm chasing? No. He did not include the dangers, the victims losing their homes; everything they knew, and most importantly, the lives the twisters can take. More than 60% of the United States believes that storm chasing has become more of a trend than for actual science. I could not agree more. The definition of storm chasing has changed dramatically in the last decade. When reading Dan Robinson’s article Storm Highway, the definition of storm chasing came across as ‘storm observing’ or a ‘weather safari.’ At first,... ... middle of paper ... ...e 2013. Web. 15 Jan. 2014. Newspaper. 4. Morning News, Dallas, ed. "Lesson from Storm Chasers' Death." The Oklahoman [Oklahoma City] 5 June 2013, 9A ed., Opinion sec.: 1. Print. Newspaper 5. Robs, Sean M. ""Storm Chasing Is a Way of Life"" Telephone interview. 15 Jan. 2014. Interview. 6. Robinson, Dave. "Storm Chasing, Extreme Weather and St. Louis Photography by Dan Robinson." Stormhighwaycom Blog. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Feb. 2014. Database 7. Timmer, Reed. "Tornadapreneur." Oklahoma Voices. KGOU. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 25 Mar. 2013. Kgou.org. Kurt Gwartney, 23 Mar. 2013. Web. 15 Jan. 2014. Radio 8. Tyree, James S. "TV Promo on Storm Chasing Filmed at Norman Locations." The Oklahoman [Oklahoma City] 1 Jan. 2014: 2-3. Print. Newspaper

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