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                   Monday, March 7, 2011 - 11:00AM CST

The chaseability of non-traditional US regions

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Over the years, I have had the privilege of embarking on storm chasing trips across a large portion of the USA east of the Rockies, including many non-traditional (outside of the Plains and Midwest) observing areas. While the endless flat prairies of the Midwest and western Plains states are the most ideal places to view storms in the world, the rest of the country isn't as bad as one might first assume. More challenging, to be sure - but not impossible. Thanks to the unbiquitousness of Google Street View, you can view for yourself literally anywhere in the country you want to see - but I thought I'd post a few of my images from actual chases in these areas.

The point? If you're a storm chaser with at least some basic knowledge and experience, non-Plains-like or even difficult terrain, trees or an unorthodox location is never a reason to not chase on a day where all of the ingredients for supercells and tornadoes come together, particularly if it's close by or right at home.

I would also recommend checking out Bill Hark's compilation of tornado videos from the eastern USA for more interesting examples.

Northern Alabama, March 27, 2005:

Central Kentucky, April 10, 2009:

Central Ohio, November 8, 2005:

Central West Virginia, June 17, 2009:

Central North Carolina, April 17, 2009:

Southern Indiana, October 18, 2007:

Southern Illinois, September 22, 2006:

Eastern Kentucky, May 30, 2009:

Central North Carolina, June 29, 2007:

Western West Virginia, August 20, 2009:

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