A common item of anti-chaser propaganda we see on social media is the decrying of storm chaser traffic using widely-zoomed-out screen grabs of maps plotted with Spotter Network data. The resulting image appears to show a densely-packed, apocalyptic mass of chaser/spotter icons. For those who aren't familiar with Spotter Network: it's a platform that allows chasers and spotters to beacon their GPS positions and submit storm reports in real time via the internet. Some radar applications, such as the popular GRLevel3, allow Spotter Network icons to be overlaid onto the map along with the radar data. Here's an example from today (April 29) southwest of Oklahoma City:
These images are horribly deceptive of what is actually happening on the ground. To demonstrate this, all one has to do is zoom in on the map:
Then, toggle off the radar data to view the underlying aerial image, which reveals the actual scale of chasers per square mile:
Contrary of what the original image seems to suggest, the actual chaser densities are on the order of hundreds of yards apart minimum! Sure, one must take into account that not all storm chasers beacon on Spotter Network, but it's quite obvious with a little critical thinking that the appearance of the zoomed-out map is a misrepresentation of reality.