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Kansas Officials Call Storm Chasers 'outrageously Stupid'

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Kansas officials call storm chasers 'outrageously stupid'

I've always thought that storm chasers just adds trouble to areas that are hit by storms just by being there, adding to the confusion during a times that only rescuer's doing their part & or family members trying to get to their home & or loved ones.

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There are a few storm chasers who still actually stop and offer assistance but there seem to be more who just want to ram their way through to keep chasing the storm or find another.

One of the problems is there are so many of them now. There used to only be a few who did this, now it's big business and some of these people even sell tours!

Some are out there for a good reason, but there are a lot out there now who are just seeking fame, glory and a thrill.

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"We try to police as best we can. You pull over for (emergency) vehicles. That's a given. This is a gentlemen's agreement," Dean said. "The problem is that storm chasing has become mainstream."

UMMM, no, it's not "a gentleman's agreement" -- it's THE LAW

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"We try to police as best we can. You pull over for (emergency) vehicles. That's a given. This is a gentlemen's agreement," Dean said. "The problem is that storm chasing has become mainstream."

UMMM, no, it's not "a gentleman's agreement" -- it's THE LAW

Somehow I think that would be their response too if it was just a "regular" citizen and not a storm chaser.

I month or so ago the State or local governments ran ads remind folks that pulling over for emergency vehicles is the law. There had been some problems with that.

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Even national news reporters were out playing "Storm Chaser". Trying to be the first ones there to get "breaking news" of the destruction and misery these storms can bring.

Similar to hurricane season here in NC. As soon as the warning flags go up, every TV station in our area sends teamS to the coast. Multiple reporters and camera crews stationed all along the coast, from each TV station. Add to those, are national media. Then, when/if the storm hits, the fools are standing in the wind, rain, and flying debris to tell us there's a storm. Yes, fools, when the newscasters tell us to watch their TV stations for the latest info. (Listening to them on a battery powered radio because electric lines are down.)

Sorry, I just get aggravated, primarily at the media.... news coverage, especially, considering the impact this stuff has on many of the clueless John Q Public who want to imitate what they see.

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I know what you mean. It always seems these reporters lack credibility when they say no one should be out, it's too dangerous, and yet there they are out in it, often in obviously bad places.

Then there always seems to be one or more knuckleheads who want to head to where the TV cameras are to try and make it on TV!

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There are a few storm chasers who still actually stop and offer assistance but there seem to be more who just want to ram their way through to keep chasing the storm or find another.

One of the problems is there are so many of them now. There used to only be a few who did this, now it's big business and some of these people even sell tours!

Some are out there for a good reason, but there are a lot out there now who are just seeking fame, glory and a thrill.


I agree with part of what I underlined, I have to say all of them are out there to get the big story, catch the biggest most destructive storm that's ever hits so that they can have fame, glory, and make some big bucks. And anyone of them could easily get in the way of emergency workers trying to respond & save lives preventing them from getting there is time.

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Even national news reporters were out playing "Storm Chaser". Trying to be the first ones there to get "breaking news" of the destruction and misery these storms can bring.

Similar to hurricane season here in NC. As soon as the warning flags go up, every TV station in our area sends teamS to the coast. Multiple reporters and camera crews stationed all along the coast, from each TV station. Add to those, are national media. Then, when/if the storm hits, the fools are standing in the wind, rain, and flying debris to tell us there's a storm. Yes, fools, when the newscasters tell us to watch their TV stations for the latest info. (Listening to them on a battery powered radio because electric lines are down.)

Sorry, I just get aggravated, primarily at the media.... news coverage, especially, considering the impact this stuff has on many of the clueless John Q Public who want to imitate what they see.


Amen, out trying to make a name of their self & very likely will while someone pays a big price because they were in the way of emergency workers.

In the heat of the moment, while the storms is in their eyes, the most important thing to them is film the storm, at all cost, & paying no never mind to the emergency workers.

They can easily get the story after the fact, & that will not endanger anyone.

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The reporters are absolutely out there to get the big story, to try and gain a name for themselves.

Those few I referred to who are out there for a good reason are that tiny handful of stormchasers who are there only to learn more in an effort to make it so storms can be better understood, sooner predicted, and to learn what will enable more advanced warning to be available. These are few today.

In this day of corporate sponsorships and cable TV, many who chase these storms are trying to get a TV show or on a TV show while trying to gain a name for themselves so they can get more corporate sponsors. These are the ones who get in the way of the beneficial storm chasers and emergency workers, willing to sacrfice others in their efforts to uplift themselves.

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Well, if tornado hits my place, or even a loved ones place, are even a total strangers place, I don't want the rescue workers blocked off or slowed down by storm chasers nor tangled up in a wreck because of the storm chasers.

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What is wrong with them being out just to have a good time? Sure it's dangerous, but what's wrong with a little adventure?


The same thing that's wrong with the "nuts" who go tearing across the country, around here, after a heavy snow in their four wheel drive (off road) vehicles. They're just having fun when they trespass to play on someones farm land. They are just having a good tme when they are weaving in and out of traffic (rush hour in a snow storm) and causing chaos on the roads.

We don't have heavy snow often, so the good ol boys have lots of pent up passion to have a good time when we do get it. Other folks have to deal with the aftermath, especially out in the country, while they brag about the good time they had, after the snow melts. Ever seen a spring wheat field after it's been visited by these folks who are only out having a good time and some adventure?

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The same thing that's wrong with the "nuts" who go tearing across the country, around here, after a heavy snow in their four wheel drive (off road) vehicles. They're just having fun when they trespass to play on someones farm land. They are just having a good tme when they are weaving in and out of traffic (rush hour in a snow storm) and causing chaos on the roads.

We don't have heavy snow often, so the good ol boys have lots of pent up passion to have a good time when we do get it. Other folks have to deal with the aftermath, especially out in the country, while they brag about the good time they had, after the snow melts. Ever seen a spring wheat field after it's been visited by these folks who are only out having a good time and some adventure?


But that's breaking the law. Obviously, that's not right. But if your not breaking the law or putting other people in danger, what's the problem?

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But that's breaking the law. Obviously, that's not right. But if your not breaking the law or putting other people in danger, what's the problem?

Those are the ones that have been the focus of the discussion, the ones who are breaking the law, such as not moving out of the way of emergency vehicles.

If they are not breaking the law or hampering emergency workers and such, then they are within their rights.

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Those are the ones that have been the focus of the discussion, the ones who are breaking the law, such as not moving out of the way of emergency vehicles.

If they are not breaking the law or hampering emergency workers and such, then they are within their rights.


Ohhhh..... my bad :hide:

I was thinking the beef was with "storm chasing" in general. But I agree, they shouldn't be getting in the way of emergency personnel.

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Ohhhh..... my bad :hide:

I was thinking the beef was with "storm chasing" in general. But I agree, they shouldn't be getting in the way of emergency personnel.


No, I don't have any problems with "storm chasing" for valid reasons, such as weather spotters and storm research. I do have a big issue with those who add problems to those who are trying to cope with whatever the situation may be. Another example is when rescue teams have to be called out to drag folks out of trees during floods. Rescuer's who have to put their lives on the line because somebody wanted the thrill/adventure of deliberately putting themselves in harms way. Same thing applies to "storm chasing" media and looky loo's seeking some type of excitement in their lives.

Personally, I pray that I never see a tornado. Seeing one means that people's lives and property are at risk. Especially the elderly and vunerable who don't have finances and/or years left to start all over again, if they come through unscathed. My heart goes out to those left with a rubble filled spot where their homes once stood. My ire goes out to those who want to gain from other's loss, whether, it's fame, fortune, or adventure.

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