Here we go…details and applications for the 2010 chase are ready!

Most of the initial planning is now complete for the 2010 storm chase, and we are ready to accept applications for the trip.  You will find the updated application and trip information in the attachment below.  If you are considering applying for a position with the 2010 chase crew, please keep these things in mind:

a) This trip is NOT for everyone…only those with a true passion for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes should apply.  It is a long and arduous journey, and if you are not committed to the study of severe storms, then you may well feel as if YOU should be “committed” by trip’s end!

b) Keep in mind the nature of the trip:  it is an academic exercise…not a vacation.  Every crew member will serve various duties on the trip, and full cooperation is not only desirable, it is mandatory.  When entering a severe weather set-up, everyone must be “dialed in” for efficiency as well as for the safety of the entire crew.

c) Expect some “down time” between storms.  It is impossible to forecast what type of pattern we may see any given year, but most years we do experience a lull in the action which may last for a day or two…or maybe a week.  Patience is a prerequisite for this trip.

d) If you fear storms, please do not apply, and don’t undertake this trip for therapeutic reasons!  On most chase trips we typically experience “intense” moments to some degree, and you need to be prepared for this potential scenario should it unfold.

So, if  you are certain the storm chase is for you, fill out the application form and either drop it by 101 Major Williams, or send it via e-mail to carrolld@vt.edu.

The actual selection of the 2010 chase crew will be made as soon as the students enrolled in the second semester Severe Weather course are notified (by the end of January).  Applicants will be selected based upon their response to the application question (why do you want to join the chase?), and background coursework in meteorology.  If you lack the background courses, those interested are still encouraged to apply, as the primary prerequisite is a driving passion for severe weather.

NOTE:  A MANDATORY INFORMATIONAL MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE ON CAMPUS SOON (January/early second semester).  THIS WILL BE ANNOUNCED HERE AND ALSO E-MAILED TO ANYONE SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me carrolld@vt.edu,  or stop by 101 Major Williams,  or call 231-5469.  I look forward to meeting this year’s edition of the VT Storm Chasers!

-Dave Carroll

VT Storm Chase Application

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