The life of a storm chaser
Immortalised on the Hollywood big screen, storm chasing has some practical applications in the real world.
Storm chasers were immortalised in the Hollywood film Twister, featuring a star-studded cast screaming “Go! Go! Go!” as they pursue tornadoes across the USA’s Tornado Alley.
The reality on the ground is a little different.
Comprised of a mix of scientists, meteorologists, photographers and hobbyists, Victoria’s storm chasers are passionate about weather events, which can include lightning and thunderstorms, snow storms, tornadoes, hurricanes and cyclones.
Though Hollywood would have you believe that it’s all just fun and games, the Victorian Storm Chasers (VSC) work together to share information and resources with the Bureau of Meteorology and the public, to warn of any impending dangers.
The Victorian Storm Chasers are all too familiar of the dangers and the damage extreme weather events can have, and not just on property, but people's health and safety. The actions undertaken by this community is done with the upmost respect for Mother Nature and is undertaken adhering to strict safety precautions and protocols. People wanting to explore this hobby should contact the experts before taking part.