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When I was a kid, I was really into tornadoes, solely due to the Twister ride at Disney World in Orlando. I also used to make my dad tape two plastic bottles together and put liquid in one so that I could watch the tornado-in-a-bottle effect.
I was also insanely scared of these storms and thought that people who chased them were actually crazy.
If you have a similar fascination for storm watching and chasing, check out these blogs.
I was initially drawn to this blog because Virginia is just a stone’s throw away from me.
Chris White has been chasing storms for almost two decades and has chased all over the state of Virginia. Virginia Storm Chasing also features a livestream, allowing people who are scared but interested (like me) to watch along while Chris chases the storms.
Follow @stormchasevirginia on Facebook.
Tornado Titans was created by two storm chasers in 2009. Since then, the team has grown and the blog has become immensely popular. Most of the blog is video-based, and the writing team provides quick blurbs about the videos.
One aspect of this blog that I really found interesting was Titan U, an easy-to-navigate instructional segment for people looking to break into the storm chasing field or just expand their knowledge of how storms work. The resources they offer range from videos to full instructional courses.
Follow @TornadoTitans on Twitter.
This blog is run by Swedish storm chaser and storm chasing tour-guide Christoffer Björkwall. StormChasingUSA gives an insider perspective of an industry that I wasn’t previously aware of (storm chasing tours, also known as storm safaris). His blog is especially interesting right now because it describes how the coronavirus has impacted the storm chasing industry.
Like Tornado Titans, StormChasingUSA provides some educational resources, but these focus on what to expect from a storm chasing tour and how to prepare for one.
Follow @stormchasingusa on Twitter.
I was initially attracted to this blog because the first post is a small, detailed biography about a well-known forecaster and weather researcher that recently passed, and the history behind anything always piques my curiosity.
This blog is slightly different from the previous ones because it mostly involves storm analysis. Jon has 35 years of experience in meteorology, and most of this blog provides in-depth scientific explanations of the different aspects of storms (how they formed, how they appear on satellite, etc.).
Follow @JonShawnaDavies on Twitter.
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Savannah Tanbusch is a team lead and editor for PRWeb. She spends a lot of her free time thinking about dogs and playing video games. Follow her at @StopandSayHello.