Three professional storm chasers were killed in Oklahoma last week, triggering a call to consider rules for storm chasers. Brian Stone is president of the Kansas Emergency Management Association. He says we may see a new study on who should be out chasing storms. Stone says if someone chooses to chase tornadoes, there should be rules to ensure they know what they’re doing.
Stone concedes he’s not sure whether law officers could enforce such rules.
I don’t think they could, given the size of the rural areas where twisters can be observed … from miles around. Those officers are busy enough when storms hit already. And what are the rules to qualify as a storm chaser? Who sets the standards and verifies the qualifications?
Our Storm Trackers at K-N-S-S are experienced and well-trained … and they’re seeing more and more amateur rubber neckers going out to watch the storms.
The three men killed in Oklahoma were about as well-trained and experienced as possible. Nature simply took an unexpected turn.
Our thought for today is from Patrick Young:
“The trouble with weather forecasting is that it’s right too often for us to ignore it and wrong too often for us to rely on it.”