Some people are so afraid of the storms and usually their first reaction is to run back home and pray to God they will survive. And no, these people are not called ”the kids”.
On the other hand, there are those who after having seen the first storm lighting, turn into Indiana Jones, grab their million euro camera and a raincoat, run outside and take the most spectacular photos.
And yes, these people never forget that adventurous kid hiding inside of us.
The activity of chasing the storms has been making a huge comeback in the last couple of years and the photos almost instantly go viral all over the social media. David Hoadley, born in 1938, is usually cited as the first storm chaser who chased the North Dakota storms in 1956 in order to collect data for the weather offices and airports.
The unveiling the process of how the thunderstorm is created, how it changes due to the weather conditions, and what is left after the cumulonimbus and other cloud structures disappear, is the main draw for the photographers hungry for adventures.
There is also a smaller number of the storm chasers who go as far as intercepting tropical cyclones and waterspouts.
Spectacular storms in Dubrovnik drew the attention of a special team named “Storm Chasers Dubrovnik”. Daniel Pavlinovic, Boris Basic and Hrvoje Batinic, who form the team emphasise the fact that the photographers interested in this activity need to know the basics of the meteorology in order to understand it and predict the storm behavior. An advanced degree in the meteorology is not required though, and this remains a reason why so many photographers are turning to “storm chasing” activities since the Internet data and up-to-the-minute radar provides a lot of information and makes this activity more accessible to the wider public.
If you would like to have a glance at the thunderstorms that happened in Dubrovnik while you were counting sheep in your bed not being able to fall asleep, you can follow Storm Chasers Dubrovnik on their Facebook page and applaud to their bravery and stunning results.