Trust us (and the expert we asked): you don’t just get in that truck for fun.
5 Things You Need to Know to Survive as a Storm Chaser

#3. There Are Rules
If you want to stay alive…half a mile away is seen as the general safe distance — the distance where, upon seeing it coming right for you, you can hop into your car and drive screaming in the other direction. But you do have to get that close in my line of work — the best shots are the ones unobscured by rain and mist, so the less that’s between you and the funnel cloud, the better. … Second, you follow the tornado. Meaning, you make sure you’re on the ass end of it as it’s heading away from you, and that you damned well know how to tell the difference.

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Trust us (and the expert we asked): you don’t just get in that truck for fun.

5 Things You Need to Know to Survive as a Storm Chaser

#3. There Are Rules

If you want to stay alive…half a mile away is seen as the general safe distance — the distance where, upon seeing it coming right for you, you can hop into your car and drive screaming in the other direction. But you do have to get that close in my line of work — the best shots are the ones unobscured by rain and mist, so the less that’s between you and the funnel cloud, the better. … Second, you follow the tornado. Meaning, you make sure you’re on the ass end of it as it’s heading away from you, and that you damned well know how to tell the difference.

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    In case someone else has “chase a tornado” on their bucket list: DONT. DO. IT. ALONE. There are professionals out there...
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