Summer Storms In The Midwest
Warmer weather in the Upper Midwest is most notable for severe weather. In addition all through the middle part of the US in the summer storms can be even more dangerous. Learn more in Storm-Chasing-Traffic-Jam-Bob Davis Podcast 835.
2019 Will Be More Active
Especially relevant is we all love a good storm. This year looks to be more active than past year’s in our neck of the woods. Brian will be chasing in southern Iowa and northern Missouri this weekend. For most people interested in this sort of thing, it all started with a childhood experience with a summer storm.
What Causes The Big Storms?
What are these big storms due to? How do they get started? What contributions are storm chasers making to safety and learning more about these dangerous weather systems?
Storm Chasing Traffic Jams In Oklahoma
Moreover with storm chasing becoming so popular, how do the professionals deal with literal traffic jams on roads during particularly dangerous tornadoes?
Your Money Shot May Kill You
Certainly with the advancement of technology everyone wants to get a money shot of a tornado. People don’t even realize they are risking their lives to take video on their phones. Saastamoinen chases with a full team of first responders, meteorologists. Even more, they always have escape routes and emphasize safety first.
Back Roads Are Packed
In addition in some places homes don’t have basements, so when local TV advises people to ‘take shelter’ they jump in their car to go to someone else’s house. As amazing as that sounds, it also puts lots of cars on back roads, trying to get away from the storm. At the same time chasers, professional and amateur are out there.
Finally, it may seem unnecessary but I also asked Brian to review safety procedures. Take a look at this video striking Saint Louis airport and you’ll see why.
(Editor’s Note: Special thanks to my friend Jason Waldron at Cartridge World for his assistance on this podcast.)