The Storm Prediction Center issued a rare “high risk” for Monday, May 20th, 2019. These risks included large tornadoes, large hail, and high winds.
High-risk predications are nothing to scoff at. The potential includes the probability of very large tornadoes, hail over softball in size and winds greater than 100 mph.
Every storm chaser in the world takes notice when high risks are issued. Hobbyists and others come out and try to chase the ‘storm of a lifetime’. Cha On May 20th, storm chasers were targeting the central plains on the hunt for the perfect storm.
This led to less than a desirable outcome. When too many storm chasers are condensed in one location, it becomes a nightmare. Not only does it cause unnecessary traffic in the path of disaster, but it also opens the door for potential dangers to the chasers.
During the chase, storm chasers were reporting many instances of reckless driving by even the most respected and professional researchers.
The DOW 7 is one of the most known chase vehicles in the weather field. Multiple times, these were reported to illegally pass others during the May 20th high-risk day, putting safety at risk.
When one is caught in an intense severe thunderstorm system, the accepted action in the field is to pull over. It is not wise to continue traveling at high speeds and passing in poor road conditions- that will not only risk your safety but the safety of others.
Lawsuits Against Storm Chasers
The Weather Channel is currently involved in a lawsuit after the death of Storm Chaser Corbin Yaeger. According to the affidavit, The Weather Channel crew was driving recklessly, including running stop signs and speeding, before they collided and killed Corbin Yaeger at an intersection in Texas. Both TWC crew members were also killed.
According to storm chasers, the main issues from the May 20th, 2019, high risk were random stopping in the middle of the roadways, speeding, illegal passing, and people driving 20 mph below the posted speed limit. Not only are these factors illegal on a regular day, but in the path of a storm, they are significantly more dangerous.
In videos floating around the web, chasers are passing at extremely high rates of speeds during traffic congestion.
Statistically, driving is the leading cause of death amongst storm chasers experiencing extreme weather events.