💡 Thank you for being curious about all my recommended and most loves resources for storm chasing - in the US and in Canada.
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- COMET/MetEd Training - A comprehensive, free website filled with more than 550 different training modules covering convective weather, mesoscale forecasting, emergency management, and more.
- Skywarn Spotter Training - a two module course that goes over convective weather basics (how do thunderstorms form, what are the names of the parts of a thunderstorm) as well as spotting and reporting basics. This is an American course, but the weather works the same in Canada and a good report (even if it’s to Environment Canada instead of the NWS) is a good report.
- Australia Storm Spotters’ Guide - a great reference. Sure, it’s Australian but a tornado is a tornado is a tornado.
- Skywatchers Teachers’ Guide - created by Environment Canada, this is a resource for young people, but is a lovely way to learn about all the parts of weather in Canada.
- Field Tactics for Practical Storm Spotting - a YouTube video by Skip Talbot. Great visuals, explanations, and resources offered.
- Storm Spotting Secrets - a video by Skip Talbot that shows how to use visual cues in supercells to predict what the storm is doing.
- Harvard University’s 6-week (free!) course: Backyard Meteorology: The Science of Weather
- Tornado Titans’: Titan U - a library of video learning episodes about all sorts of severe weather topics
- Spotter Network: Spotter Training (this is how you’re allowed to have a ‘red dot’ on Radarscope!)
- More advanced options…
- Book recommendations:
- FOCN45 - a twice per day technical forecast discussion released by Environment Canada
- Thunderstorm Outlook/Discussion - Day 1 and Day 2 graphic representation of severe summer weather forecasts across Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba
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