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May 19, 2013

Storm chasers go looking for trouble


As far as expertise goes, the members of the group are not trained meteorologists. They say they’re self taught. But they claim to be pretty good at knowing where to be when severe weather develops. At their website,, they’ve got a bevy of photos documenting their travels. And this year, when they head out to chase twisters, they’ll be live streaming their chase on their site.

And while this season so far has been rendered a little slow because winter refused to mosey on for much of the spring, they say the conditions could be ripe for a big year, storm-wise.

“Peak for tornadoes is mid-June,” Hartog said. “Being so cool late in the season, it will keep the upper atmosphere cool, which could produce more storms. If I had to guess, I’d say the last week of May and into June will be pretty active.”

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