Brave Storm Chaser Captures Mothership-Like Supercell Storm Photography
Marko Korošec is a Slovenian storm chaser, weather analyst, and photographer. He can often be seen patrolling the central region of the U.S. where cold air from the Rocky Mountains meets warmer, more humid air from the Gulf of Mexico, a place known for chaotic tornadoes and lightning storm systems that look like black holes in the sky. Beyond capturing epic photos, Marko’s brave research and analysis of severe weather events worldwide helps predict the movement of these storms for public safety.
Taken aback by Marko’s latest reports, we asked him how he got started chasing storms:
My storm chasing began about 15 years ago, when I was in school working with projects collecting weather data. I found how weather parameters changed over time and location interesting, so I began to research weather further. I found my main interest in extreme severe weather events which cause the most damage to life and property. As a photographer, I started photographing these events and slowly came into chasing storms, predicting their formation in advance and behavior, getting useful weather information for analysis, and collecting photos and videos when they occur.”
Marko uses a Canon camera to craft high quality images along with his laptop computer to collect useful weather information parameters like temperature, dew point and wind data.
He also has a few suggestions for how we can better better detect storms and ensure public safety in the future:
Collecting and receiving weather reports from storm chasers (people who chase storms) and storm spotters (people who are stationary in some areas and collect weather information around them), combined with radar and other meteorological observations can result in better public awareness, so people can safely take precautions to avoid approaching storms. At some point, severe weather can be dangerous and beautiful at the same time, but spreading awareness about the nature’s phenomena is very helpful for public preparedness and to recognize how dangerous storms can be for their property. Meteorological and construction engineers work hard to make us all safe against harmful weather and are always happy to get a feedback from the public when severe weather events occur, so they can forward information and warn other people too.
What would you do if you saw one of these electrifying supercells? Phone home with a photo or run for the hills?