At this point in the summer there is still hope for chaseable storms albeit a dwindling one. Instability is rarely a problem this time of year but shear is hard to come by and the combined heat and humidity make sitting in the chasemobile for long periods a less than desirable activity. Last year (2016) held some pretty good action in August and September even without tropical influence:


Wall cloud near Clarksville VA 9/28/16

However, the 2017 chase season is proving to be a different – and less active – animal.

Hence the pondering…what should I consider for next year’s chase season? What follows are a few random thoughts that may guide my chasing decisions in 2018:

(1) I haven’t been chasing on the Plains since 2015. THAT will change next year someway somehow, preferably to involve traversing the central and northern Plains states in search of storms.

(2) Live streaming while chasing adds a layer of complexity and cost to the overall operation. (And while it has garnered some money the amount doesn’t begin to cover the costs associated with streaming.) Frankly it’s a pain in the neck and tends to detract from my enjoyment of the storms themselves.

(3) The Ohio Valley is close enough to reach via an early morning start. I will definitely make at least one of those setups next year.

(4) One goal I haven’t made much progress on to date is taking existing forecasters out chasing who have never been in the field. I feel it’s very important for them to see first-hand the results of forecasts typically made in an office or studio.

Enough pondering on a late July afternoon. Bring on the storms!