Storm Chaser Safety
|Updated: 5/26/2011 2:09 am
||Published: 5/25/2011 10:54 pm
"The goal is to get good enough video where I can start submitting it and making money off of it."
Emmett Lollis is an aspiring storm chaser, self educated and not afraid to admit he's learned from his mistakes, even if those mistakes could be life-threatening. On Tuesday night Lollis misjudged the storm.
"Instead of passing the funnel I ended up on the northside of it, which is a very bad place, I ended up in 80 mile an hour winds, that was a very dangerous situation to be in and I shouldn't have been in it."
Author Richard Cox is able to draw a lot of similarities between science fiction and meteorology. Cox is planning to release another novel this fall, chasing is just something he finds fascinating.
And I like his take on where he says this whole storm chasing phenomenon started.
"Hate to say it, but the movie 'Twister'. I don't know if people ever thought of it as a thrill seeking activity before that, it glorified chasing and made it seem exciting."
Not youtube...not cellphone video...but for Cox, a film that is certainly more entertaining than educational.
If you want to break out of amatuer status or just become a little more informed the National Weather Service does offer classes on becoming a certified storm spotter.
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