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    I thought I'd throw a thread up here for the several of us who are storm chasers as well as computer geeks!

    A little background on myself: I lived in Cincinnati, Ohio for most of my life. In December of last year I relocated to Moore/South Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to pursue my long held dream of being a meteorologist, alongside my friend of 17 years. 2018 is my first year in Tornado Alley and while it has been quiet, I have zero delusion that it will always be such. We did have multiple storms in 2018 and below are a couple of my photos. (I have watermarked these so that if they're stolen, I will know it, not that anyone here would.)

    1) Golf ball size hail stone near Hoisington, Kansas May 1, 2018. Took this photo after this particular stone clobbered my roommate in the back of his head.
    2) Mothership Supercellular structure near Orienta, OK May 29, 2018.
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    Cool. Good thing you don't live in California. We don't have rain, never mind storms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnyGURU View Post
    Cool. Good thing you don't live in California. We don't have rain, never mind storms.
    Tornadoes are extremely rare for you. They are so rare that the NWS office in Eureka, CA hasn't issued a tornado warning in over FIFTEEN YEARS. The next longest time since a tornado warning is 11 years for the office in Missoula, Montana.

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    I used to live in Florida.

    Want to talk about a lot of storms and tornadoes!

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    I'm a trained spotter and have been known to do some chasing. I actually care more about shooting lightning lately than tornadoes. Good thing too, because I could have caught one last week in my area if I wasn't working through a gout attack.

    http://theweatherwolf.zenfolio.com/p366532629/e9035650f
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnyGURU View Post
    I used to live in Florida.

    Want to talk about a lot of storms and tornadoes!
    Yep! For a state with the "Sunshine State" name, they do get a lot of storms!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oklahoma Wolf View Post
    I'm a trained spotter and have been known to do some chasing. I actually care more about shooting lightning lately than tornadoes. Good thing too, because I could have caught one last week in my area if I wasn't working through a gout attack.
    Lightning can be awesome to shoot as well, I'm just not yet fast enough to get the shot! From those photos, it's obvious you're REALLY good at it.

    I am also a trained spotter through the US National Weather Service (initial training 2013, recertified 2017 w/ advanced level training). Does EC also train spotters?

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    You don't have to be fast, just a couple bricks short of a wall

    My spotter training was through CANWARN. They haven't done a course in my area since 2012. Glad to have the training - knowing which way the storm was heading kept me from getting softball hail through the car's sunroof a week ago.

    That one was tornado warned, I got not so much as a funnel out of it.

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    Three shot composite from June. One minute exposures taken one after the other... plenty of lightning that night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oklahoma Wolf View Post
    You don't have to be fast, just a couple bricks short of a wall

    My spotter training was through CANWARN. They haven't done a course in my area since 2012. Glad to have the training - knowing which way the storm was heading kept me from getting softball hail through the car's sunroof a week ago.

    That one was tornado warned, I got not so much as a funnel out of it.
    You definitely don't want a softball size hail stone through the sunroof (or anywhere close to your head).

    I've been on storms that didn't produce tornadoes. One of those was in the Texas panhandle on April 30. When we go on a chase where we aren't expecting tornadoes, we're there for the structures.
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