Apply for the 2017 Hokiestorm Crew

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Applications for the 2017 Virginia Tech Severe Storms Field Course are now available!  If you are interested in joining the crew in the Great Plains for 2017, please read the information below and on the application very carefully!

The time is now upon us to begin planning for the 2017 course, and we hope to have the crew finalized before the end of the semester.  Our emphasis on safety and education will continue unabated. and once again we will roll westward in search of severe storms.  The  window for the 2017 trip will range from May 15 – June 2.  The storms dictate the trip, and the weather pattern will influence the length of our stay in the plains.  Each applicant must plan for 3 weeks in the field.  Flexibility is key, therefore each applicant must have this entire window of time available!

You will find the updated application and trip information in the attachment below.  If you are considering applying for a position with the 2017 field crew, please keep these things in mind:

a) This trip is NOT for everyone…WE ARE LOOKING FOR APPLICANTS WITH A TRUE INTEREST IN SEVERE STORMS AND A DESIRE LEARN MORE ABOUT THEM.  Thrill-seekers should look elsewhere.  This trip represents a very long time on the road, 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.  Forecasting and intercepting storms can be a frustrating affair:  busted forecasts, unfavorable terrain, unreachable storms, or dangerous locations can all play a role in whether we can safely reach a storm.  Be prepared for adjustments on the fly that are dictated by conditions in the field.

d) IF YOU FEAR STORMS, PLEASE DO NOT APPLY, and don’t undertake this trip for therapeutic reasons!  The near-storm environment is a volatile place, and most crews have to weather some intense or occasionally even frightening moments during their shifts out there.

So, if  you are certain this field course is for you, click on the Qualtrics application link below and complete the online form.

2017 Storm Chase Application

DEADLINE FOR COMPLETED APPLICATIONS IS FRIDAY, December 9th.  WE HOPE TO INFORM EVERYONE ON STORM CHASE POSITIONS BEFORE WINTER BREAK.

If you lack the background courses, those interested are still encouraged to apply, as the primary prerequisite is a driving passion for severe weather and everyone is given full consideration (the plan is to keep an “at-large” space or two open for non-majors).

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’ll answer any questions you have to the best of my ability.

Cheers,

-Dave Carroll

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