I used to venture to the Great Plains now and then to chase tornadoes. Back then, I teamed up with some experienced chasers, who were meteorologists or meteorology students. A fun, but quiet and serious bunch who drove safely, chased safely, and somehow managed to simultaneously convey their own glee at having "bagged one" and their dismay and sorrow when "their" tornado also took out a small town.
I haven't been out in years. There are several reasons, but the biggest among them is that the field has grown to include a lot of, well, assholes. Yay-hoos. I'm not the slobbery boastful lite-beer-drinkin' type, so I just have no urge to try to fit in. And chasing alone is extremely dangerous.
I was reminded of this when reading this post to a storm chasing list I'm on. Enjoy.
Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2002 22:04:07 EDT From: dmieu bhhfbr <YIIF39488@AOL.COM> Subject: Re: Chaser deaths I will say this much >>> U Beter NO UR S*** B/4 hunting at nite. U don't need to B inexperiened & play a shell game with a Tube dealing BOY under cover of darkness!!! Especially in wet /icy road conditions!!! X"T"Y