Local attitudes toward qualified storm chasers have shifted somewhat over the
past few years, and as a result we have modified our position to be more favorable
toward these contributors. From the 2014 SKYWARN Operations
Local perspectives on storm chasing continue to evolve with time. As
the National Weather Service finds increasing value in the contributions
of qualified storm chasers outside of "Tornado Alley" the SKYWARN
amateur radio network must evolve to support those chasers.
Storm chasing remains a secondary focus at best, and we continue to
maintain a position in line with the Wakefield Forecast Office. That is,
we do not recommend, endorse, or encourage storm chasing. However, we
will communicate with, and provide reporting channels for, qualified
storm chasers who wish to participate in our nets.
For purposes of this program, the term "storm chasing" shall
be applied to the intentional pursuit of severe weather, regardless of
whether such activities are for purposes of severe weather reporting,
photography, videography, research, or thrill.
The National Weather Service and the NWS Wakefield SKYWARN Amateur
Radio Support Team consider the safety of all SKYWARN volunteers to be
of paramount importance.
SKYWARN Spotters and other persons who choose to engage in storm
chasing do so at their own risk and completely independent of their
involvement in the SKYWARN program. The National Weather Service and
the SKYWARN program accept no responsibility for the decisions of
SKYWARN program participants with regard to storm chasing and can
assume no liability for damages arising from the use of SKYWARN
reports in storm chasing or any other activities.