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Well connected storm chasers often use a wide variety of data from many sources in order to forecast and pinpoint where they believe significant severe weather will happen during any given day. Chasers often develop their own favorites. Days before the chase we often look at medium and long range models, such as the GFS and look for patterns that we recognize as severe weather producers.

The day of the chase, my preferred tools are a quick look at the short range RUC model, looking over some SKEW-T diagrams for the area of interest, and then really watching the satellite, surface observation and radar trends for the day. I have had great success by sticking with that method. All also like to keep updated on the Storm Predication Center outlooks for the day as they are updated as well as any Mesoscale discussions they issue, and read Area Forecast Discussions for the area I am interested in. These guys are all professionals and seeking their thoughts on a chase day can yield some things you have not considered or missed.

All chasers develop their own method that works best for them over time. These are many of the links I put to use for chasing. All links will open in a new window so that you do not lose your place here; just close the new window when you are done with that site.

 

Storm Prediction Center Products

QUICK LINKS

SPC PRODUCTS

SATELLITE IMAGES

UNISYS PRODUCTS

UCAR PRODUCTS

MESONET STATIONS

SURFACE METAR MAPS

 

 

 

 

TWISTERDATA.COM

One of the newest and possibly best data sites out there for chasers now, with beautiful maps, interactive forecast soundings and if course all the model data!

 

NOAA GOES Satellite Images
EASTERN U.S.
WESTERN U.S.

 

 

Unisys Weather Numerical Models

UPPER AIR SOUNDING SKEW T's
Click on map to get sounding
^^CLICK ON MAP TO GET SOUNDING^^
FORECAST MODELS
RUC MODELS

 

UCAR

PRINTABLE SURFACE DATA PLOTS
AR / LA / MS / AL / W. TN

PRINTABLE UPPER AIR / DATA MAPS

300 MB

UPPER AIR SOUNDING SKEW T's / HODOGRAMS

^^CLICK ON STATION^^

FORECAST MODELS

 

MESONET STATIONS

WEST TEXAS MESONET:

CLICKABLE MAP

SOUTH PLAINS PRINTABLE MAP

PANHANDLE PRINTABLE MAP

OKLAHOMA MESONET: INTERACTIVE OKLAHOMA MESONET

 

SURFACE METAR PRINTABLE PLOTTING MAPS (College of Dupage)

FULL CONUS MS VALLEY
NORTHERN PLAINS MIDWEST
CENTRAL PLAINS GULF COAST
SOUTHERN PLAINS CENTRAL US
KS/OK MID MS VALLEY
WEST TEXAS MESONET

 

PLEASE NOTE: THESE LINKS ARE NOT ON MY SERVER! I do not maintain them in any way. Some sites may be hard to get into during major severe event days. If you run into a consistently bad link, please contact me . I also welcome any good links to data sites you want me to post. The purpose of this page is to provide a central location linking to all the data sites we can use to chase more effectively. I hope you find it useful!
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