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WELCOME TO THE HOMEPAGE OF THE NC STORM CHASERS TEAM. FIRST OF ALL, WE ARE NOT AFFILIATED WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF NORTH CAROLINA. WE ARE AN AMATUER, NON-PROFIT, PRIVATE, CLUB. WE SPECIALIZE IN STORM INVESTIGATIONS, OR YOU COULD CALL IT STORM CHASING IF YOU PREFER. WE COLLECT REAL TIME DATA DURING SEVERE WEATHER IN THE CAROLINAS, ALONG WITH VIDEO AND PHOTOGRAPHS. WE THEN SUBMIT THIS INFORMATION, VIA THEIR INTERNET REPORTING AREA , TO THE NSSL DATABASE. WE ARE NOT EMPLOYED BY THE NSSL, NOR BY ANYONE ELSE FOR THAT MATTER. WE DO THIS OUT OF A GENUINE INTEREST AND RESPECT FOR SEVERE WEATHER.

OUR OTHER PRIMARY MISSION IS TO WARN THOSE WHO MAY NOT KNOW OF THE IMPENDING DANGER OF THE ONCOMING STORM, SHOULD IT COME UP SUDDENLY IN OUR LOCALITY, AND SHOULD IT BE DANGEROUS ENOUGH TO WARRANT SUCH A WARNING TO THE PROPER AUTHORITIES.

WE ARE A SMALL TEAM THAT IS LOCATED APPROX. 14 MILES EAST OF THE CITY OF CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA. WE HAVE BEEN OPERATING FOR TWO SEASONS NOW AND CURRENTLY PREPARING FOR THE '97 STORM SEASON.

IT SEEMS THAT MANY PEOPLE WONDER....CHASING STORMS IN NC? WELL, MANY PEOPLE OUTSIDE OF THE CAROLINAS DO NOT KNOW THAT SEVERE WEATHER IS BECOMING A CLOSE FRIEND OF THE SOUTH. LAST SEASON, WE HAD APPROX. 51 TORNADOES IN NC ALONE. WE HAD SEVERAL TROPICAL STORMS THAT MADE THEIR WAY INLAND AND NUMEROUS SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN GENERAL.

OF COURSE, CHASING IN N.C. IS QUITE DIFFERENT FROM CHASING OUT IN THE PLAINS. HERE, WE HAVE ONE ELEMENT THAT GREATLY HAMPERS OUR FIELD OF VIEW, THE CONTOUR OF THE LAND. SMALL, WINDING ROADS THAT RUN THROUGH THE HILLY COUNTRYSIDE, TEND TO MAKE STORM CHASING DIFFICULT. YOU HAVE WORK A BIT HARDER TO GET INTO A SAFE POSITION FOR PHOTOGRAPHING. NO MATTER, WE STILL DO OUR BEST.

YOU COULD CALL US BIG GAME HUNTERS, DUE TO THE FACT THAT THE GAME WE SEEK IS MORE AWESOME, MORE POWERFUL, THAN ANY OTHER ENTITY ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH. WE BELIEVE THAT STORMS ARE A SMALL EXAMPLE OF GOD'S POWER, WHOM WE ALSO RESPECT, AND SHOULD BE LOOKED AT AS SUCH. AS MENTIONED ABOVE, WE HAVE ESTABLISHED OUR REASONS FOR CHASING SEVERE WEATHER. I FEEL THAT HAVING A PURPOSE SHOULD BE THE NUMBER ONE PIECE OF EQUIPMENT IN YOUR ARSENAL. MANY PEOPLE BASH STORM CHASERS AND SAY THEY ARE ALL COWBOYS WITHOUT REGARD FOR SAFETY. CERTAINLY, THERE MAY BE THAT SELECTED FEW THAT ARE, BUT IT DOESN'T SEED THE WHOLE BUNCH. AND SURPRISINGLY, MANY CHASERS GET THESE COMPLAINTS FROM OTHER CHASERS, WHO WANT TO SAY,"do as i say, but not as i do."

IT IS ALSO TO BE UNDERSTOOD THAT, OUT OF RESPECT, WE DO NOT MAKE IT A PRACTICE TO RUN INTO AN AREA A FEW MINUTES TOO LATE THAT HAS JUST BEEN TRAMPLED ON BY A TORNADO OR SOME OTHER FORM OF SEVERE WEATHER AND THEN COMPLIAN ABOUT HOW WE MISSED THE "GOOD STUFF". AS WE STATED IN ONE OF OUR REPORTS, FOR THE PEOPLE THAT HAD TO LIVE THROUGH THAT, THERE WAS NOTHING GOOD ABOUT IT.

I HAVE HAD A FASCINATION WITH SEVERE WEATHER SINCE THE AGE OF 7 OR 8 AND I STARTED THIS TEAM AFTER SPENDING MANY YEARS OF MY LIFE AS A PATROLMAN AND AS A SOLDIER. DURING THIS TIME PERIOD, I WITNESSED THE POWER OF TWISTERS AND OTHER FORMS OF SEVERE WEATHER. AN INTEREST THEN DEVELOPED. FROM THAT POINT, I TOOK IT ON MYSELF TO STUDY UP ON METEOROLOGY AT THE COLLEGE I WAS ATTENDING AND TO CONTINUE TO WATCH THE SKIES. FOR ONE WHO IS NOT PROFESSIONALLY RELATED TO THE FIELD OF SEVERE WEATHER, I CAN SAY THAT I DO HAVE A PASSION AND RESPECT FOR IT. SO WAS THE GENESIS OF THE NC STORM CHASERS!

WE DO NOT HAVE MUCH GEAR, NOR MUCH MONEY TO FUND OUR CHASES, BUT WE DO WITH WHAT WE HAVE. KNOWLEDGE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT, AND IT IS FREE. THE SKIES ARE ALWAYS THERE AND THEY ARE FREE.

NOW THAT YOU HAVE LEARNED WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO, WE CAN TELL YOU A BIT MORE!! THIS SITE IS NEW. HOPEFULLY, AS THE SEASON PROGRESSES, WE WILL BE ABLE TO STORE OUR PHOTOS AND REPORTS HERE. WE WILL KEEP YOU POSTED, SO CHECK BACK!!
 
 



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NCSC NEWS!!

Updated Sept. 2003

The nc storm chasers honorary membership rolls are currently closed. Current members will remain on our mailing list; However, the mailing list has been inactive for some time. Hopefully, if time permits, it will become active again. Thanks for your support!

Our team has not been very active for some time due to other engagements. We still have the love of the the chase and occasionally snap a few photos, but our days of chasing may be over. We may be retiring, but the rest of you can keep going! Just be careful and as always..........

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PAGES LOCATED ON THIS SITE
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CAN YOU BELIEVE YOUR OWN EYES???
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THIS PAGE IS DEDICATED TO THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, WHOM EVEN THE WINDS AND THE SEAS OBEY. IT IS ALSO DEDICATED TO THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN SEVERE WEATHER EVENTS FROM THE PAST.
STORM CHASING IS DANGEROUS! JUST TO REMIND YOU THAT SEVERE WEATHER CAN KILL YOU!!! THE NC STORM CHASERS DOES NOT CONDEMN, NOR CONDONE THE PRACTISE OF STORM CHASING. NO INFORMATION FOUND ON THIS SITE IS MEANT TO BE TAKEN AS INSTRUCTION AS HOW TO CHASE STORMS. THE NC STORM CHASERS ASSUME NO LIABILITY FOR THE USE OR MISUSE OF ANY INFORMATION FOUND ON THIS PAGE. IT IS PROVIDED AS A SITE FOR YOUR INTEREST AND FOR THE SHARING OF KNOWLEDGE. ANY LINKS FOUND ON THIS SITE ARE THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THAT PARTICULAR WEBMASTER. SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO INVESTIGATE SEVERE WEATHER, MAKE SURE YOU KNOW YOUR PURPOSE AND MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE PREPARED FOR WHAT YOU ARE ABOUT TO UNDERTAKE.THIS PAGE IS A COPYRIGHT OF THE NC STORM CHASERS 1997 and Brian Voncannon 2001.
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