Title: Storm Chasers Level: T
□ People who follow and study hazardous weather
ڤIn this informational text, storm chasers’ work is described and the dangerous weather conditions
they face are explained.
Dark Skies Ahead
ڤWhen thunderheads and lightning form in the sky, and warning sirens ring, storm chasers go out to
begin their work, watching the storms.
What Are Storm Chasers?
ڤStorm chasers are people who study severe storms. They follow storms and try to predict where they
Photographer: Warren Faidley
ڤStorm chasers have many different jobs. One is a severe-weather photographer—Warren Faidley. He
takes pictures of powerful storms, like tornadoes. He drives a special van filled with equipment and
cameras to film the storms at all different times of day.
ڤThis is dangerous work because of lightning, which kills about 100 people each year. Lightning strikes
metal objects and Faidley’s cameras are made of metal, so he has to be very careful when chasing
ڤOther storm chasers are researchers who do experiments and collect information about where the
tornadoes occur. This helps to predict when and where tornadoes will happen so that people can be
ڤTornadoes are not easy to find. Many tornadoes happen in the Great Plains, in the center of the U.S.,
called “Tornado Alley.”
□ Researchers use maps, weather instruments, sensors on their cars and computers to follow the tornado’s
changing path. They must be able to change routes as the storm they are chasing, changes direction.
ڤTornadoes happen when a cool dry air mass meets a hot, moist air mass. When they meet, a spiral wind,
called a vortex, forms. This spiraling wind forms a funnel with winds up to 300 mph. These winds
cause much damage and kill up to 80 people a year. Storm chasers help to warn people about the
ڤHurricane hunters are storm chasers who fly planes to track hurricanes from June 1 to November 30, the
time when most hurricanes happen.
ڤPilots fly into the eye or center of the hurricane. They drop a machine called a dropsonde connected to a
parachute. As it passes through the hurricane, it sends signals back to the plane to help the forecasters
follow the hurricane.
ڤA hurricane, or tropical storm can be 200 miles wide and have winds of 150 mph. The winds cause
waves as high as 25 feet as they travel over the ocean. Forecasters give names and numbers from 1-5 to
identify the hurricanes and describe their danger level.
ڤThe last kind of storm chaser is a storm spotter. They watch the skies from one place or from many
places, looking for storm signs. They report their information to local centers where the information is
used to warn cities and small towns about upcoming storms.
ڤStorm chasers are experts about weather and especially storms. They watch, and warn others, but safety
is their first concern, for themselves and for others.
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