by Adam Frederick & Matt Ver Steeg, WeatherEdge, Inc.
The storm chaser and general weather enthusiast can find the latest satellite images to be a valuable forecasting tool, prior to and during storm chasing. Here are links to many sites on the web that feature good images.
|Visible Satellite Images|
|US Visible Satellite - UCAR|
|US GOES 8 Vis - NOAA||Iowa Visible Satellite - UCAR|
|Northwest Visible Satellite - UCAR||Northeast Central Visible Satellite - UCAR|
|Plains Visible Satellite - UCAR||Midwest Visible Satellite - UCAR|
|South Central Visible Satellite - UCAR||Texas Visible Satellite - UCAR|
|West Central Visible Satellite - UCAR||East Central Visible Satellite - UCAR|
|Southeast Visible Satellite - UCAR||Florida Visible Satellite - UCAR|
|Infrared Satellite Images|
|US Infrared Satellite - UCAR|
|US GOES 8 IR - NOAA|
|Water Vapor Images|
|US Water Vapor From UCAR||Global Water Vapor Image From NASA|
|US Water Vapor From NOAA-NESDIS||US Water Vapor Image From Unisys|
|Northern Plains CAPE From NOAA||Northern Plains Lifted Index|
|Southern Plains CAPE||Central Plains Lifted Index|
|Central Plains CAPE||Southern Plains Lifted Index|
|GOES Sounding Fields - NOAA|
|NOAA Geostationary Satellite Server||500mb Animation From University of AZ|
|Zoomable GOES Images - SSEC||NOAA-16 AMSU-A Images From NASA|
|Images From The Naval Research Lab|
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Storm chasing is dangerous. You could be hurt or killed in its pursuit, especially if you have little or no knowledge of severe storms and their environment. Chase hazards include but are not limited to heavy rain, flash flooding, lightning, high winds, large hail, tornadoes, and flying debris. Hydroplaning on the road and traffic accidents also occur. If you desire to chase, get informed and educated about weather. Contact your local National Weather Service Office, and enroll in a SKYWARN training class. Read and view all of the published information regarding severe weather, thunderstorms, and tornadoes that you can. You are responsible for educating yourself. Next, contact an experienced chaser in your area, and arrange to travel with them, until you've gained sufficient experience to go it alone. Even at that, veteran chasers get caught in harm's way from time to time. Play it safe. This page is for informational and educational use, and the authors disavow any responsibility for actions you may take.
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