Storm chaser equipment?

I was watching the show storm chasers and was wondering what they use as far as Doppler and gps it looks like they have Doppler radar over the gps screen on the laptop where can i get this software?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Storm Chasers use a wide variety of equipment

    the equipment that they use depends on what they are studying.

    - Documentation tools

    - Weather monitoring products

    - Navigational tools

    - Weather instrumentation

    - Communication items

    and more.

    Here are some good links for you to check out

    Weather Software Products, Subscription Services, and Mobil Data ($)

    - Digital Atmosphere (software)

    - Mobil/Pilot My-Cast (cell phone data by subsciption for most carriers) I will be giving this a try this chase season.

    - SwiftWx (software)

    - Storm Lab (non-subscription software)

    - Storm Hawk (mobil data by subscription for PDAs)

    - WeatherTap (subscription data/software)

    - XM Mobil Threat Net (Data from satellites allows for maximum coverage)

    Navigational Tools

    Do you know where you're going? ...always have an escape route!

    - Fold-up state maps: Less detail with all major routes and most secondary routes listed. Cost: around $3.00 per state in stores, sometimes free at rest stops.

    - State Atlas & Gazetteer (recommended): All major and secondary routes listed. Also includes county and unimproved roads. Cost: about $20.00 per state.

    - GPS: The most expensive option. Helpful when chasing without a companion. Cost: from as little as $100 to over $1000 depending on unit.

    * GPS Information Forum

    -Compass: It won't tell you what road you're on but will tell you what direction you are going. Cost: pennies to over $100.

    Weather Instrumentation

    Some enthusiasts like to use handheld gadgets that measure temperature, dewpoint, pressure, etc. The rooftop displays are usually used for research purposes, by hardcore chasers, or by chasers who want to feel special driving through some small rural town. A mounted anemometer is useful for recording and reporting wind speeds. A measured wind speed is more useful to the NWS than an estimated speed. Magnetic mounts should also be strapped down.

    Communication Items

    - Cell Phone - Make note of the available service area of your carrier. A dual-band (analogue and digital) phone is useful in the Plains where there is a lack of digital coverage. Some carriers and plans offer wireless internet access. Refer to the web site of your carrier or visit the Stormtrack forum for more details. Newer phones and plans now offer internet access which is useful for obtaining weather data.

    - Amatuer (HAM) Radio - An execellent communication tool. Users must be properly licensed. Visit AARL for more details.

    - FRS/GMRS Radio - A great alternative to cell phone use (avoid roaming, minute use, and lost connections) with groups of multiple vehicles. Also an alternative for those lacking a HAM radio license. Some models advertise up to 8 miles of distance.

    - CB Radio - Same discussion as FRS/GMRS radio with the added benefit of listening to trucker communications. If that 18-wheeler driver stated there is baseball hail up the road then you will have a heads up. You will also get a heads up on law enforcement activity as well as accident reports. On the down side there is plenty of rubbish comminication on this system

    - e-mail/message groups - This option is of little use when in hot pursuit of a storm but can be a nice tool during the early stages of a chase.


    - Binoculars: These may be useful for getting a closer look at a storm feature, especially when accessibility is a problem.

    - AC-Adapter: Excelent for charging camera batteries and powering basic items such as a weather radio when its batteries die.

    - Rain-X: This stuff is the bomb when it comes to getting excellent visibility through your windshild during rain. It's like a coat of wax on the window.

    - First-Aid Kit: For yourself and companions as well as any potential storm victims you come across.

    - Flashlight: Changing tires in the dark is not fun. These can also be used to flag down motorists or assist in searching for storm victims.

    - Auto Emergency Kit: Often includes a flashlight, first-aid kit, tow rope (get stuck in the mud?), fuses, foil blanket, etc. Often available for $20.

  • 4 years ago

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