Storm Analysis 101 Educational DVD

(almost 7 hours long!)

$25 DVD
$25 Blu-ray

A paypal account is not required to use the above button. There's an option on there to buy with a credit card. No added cost for shipping in US. Just $5 for international shipping(it actually costs me $9.45 overseas now...). The dvd is not region coded and should play anywhere(I've sold to many different countries for years).

***I'm unsure how long I will leave this at just $25. This is a LONG video that has been a chore and a half to finish up. I'll try to leave it at $25 but it's almost like 4 DVDs as long as it is. You could start this at 9:45 in the morning and it wouldn't stop running till 4:30 in the afternoon. Kinda crazy. So yeah, $25 feels silly cheap. ***There is a serious amount of info on this long video. It's using real world examples and not just any ol storms but some truly extraordinary storms. So far people are really raving about this one. You can't lose on a $25 video that is about 7 hours long. Especially when it contains the storms it does and the narrated learning/info sections. Who is this video for? Storm spotters, chasers and well anyone that would enjoy a better understanding of severe storms, especially tornado producing supercell storms. I wish something like this existed when I was getting into storms. Even if you already understand storm structure and some storm forecasting, there's a lot of good storm footage on here anyway. If you don't really know about storm structure yet and behavior, this video is likely huge for you. I've chased a lot each year since 1999 and have a pretty good grasp on storm behavior and structure.


This video is a bit of a beast, at NEaRLY 7 HOURS LONG. It replaces the old popular Storm Structure 101 video. It's goal is to take someone that knows very little about storms, to a point they have an excellent grasp on what storms might be doing and what it takes to get truly severe storms. It's not all that complicated really, as far as storm structures. Forecasting is a bit more involved and yet it's sorta basic. Understanding some "basics" of forecasting is essential in understanding storms though. So the video has a good deal of both storm structure talk and forecasting talk. Oh and a lot of cool storm footage! Obviously a video can contain a lot of a lot of things at almost 7 hours long!

It starts with some basic need to know stuff. What height each millibar level is roughly at, surface plot stuff, zulu time, etc. Then a good sized chunk on storm structures. Next up a good size chunk on some forecasting stuff. Those 3 are all narrated to images captured using a screen recorder and a mic. This is how I should have done Storm Structure 101 instead of the text I used then. So really no reading involved on this one. There's basically an hour and a half just right there. That's like a DVD on its own. a good amount of knowledge will come from that alone. But there's so much more after that. 5+ hours more.

Those 3 intro topics should help with the 5 chases picked for the video. I can't explain how crazy the storms are on their own the chase photo accounts for them below for an idea. and even the account images won't do justice to the intensity of the storms. These 5 chases start with a setup section talking about the setup, using upper air charts, surface charts, soundings, satellite and radar. They are each decently long, but then are followed with the chases, which are even longer for most. During the chase sections, I again use screen record with a mic and a mouse over on paused images. So at many points during each chase I'll point out this or that, then let the video continue.

I essentially put anything and everything I know on this. as much as I could remember to put on it anyway.


3 Intro Sections

Like mentioned above, you basically have a normal hour and half DVD just in this intro section. The video is just getting started with those long topics. If you don't have much of a grasp on storms, you will probably get a lot out of these alone. Especially forecasting, as really one has to get some of that to understand the storms much. and at the same time, one doesn't have to over do it with the forecasting side either. I tried to include most of what I know anyway. I'm not a meteorologist, but know enough of it to get by for chasing obviously.

1hr 29 minutes total these 3 intro sections.

July 13, 2009 Kadoka SD to Valentine NE Supercell

Likely the most messed up storm I've seen to date. Jaw dropping structure, barely west of the highway the whole time. Up close and personal view of just what can happen in the sky with a crazy storm. Felt like one was on the wrong planet.

Storm seemed like a bit of a "cap rider" as it rode down the west edge of a moisture gradient and on the apparent edge of the capped air.

54 minutes total for this beast supercell day.

May 22, 2010 Bowdle SD Tornadic Supercell

The most intense tornadic supercell I've seen to date, with some close range footage included. Talk about a violent setup! Big cape, strong cap, big shear and deviant on a boundary. Price is probably worth it just for this chase. as it really plants and goes violent it's only about a block away. a stupidly wound up violent tornadic supercell.

1hr and 3 minutes total for this day.

June 16, 2010 Dupree SD Tornadic Machine

The stationary tornadic machine near Dupree SD. Crazy tornado video(just like Bowdle), as the storm produces an amazing long-lived large tornado, then several others, some at the same time. The main tornado is truly mesmerizing with it's motion and shape changing, all while basically sitting in one spot. First it was going east slowly, then west as a beast, then eventually back east as a rope.

More of a weaker mid-level flow setup that works out with a rarity, a stationary tornadic machine. Really hard to get a storm to not move and stay a supercell like this. The setup part should help explain how.

1hr 11 minutes total for this day.

June 20, 2011 Bradshaw NE Tornado

Close intercept of the Bradshaw NE tornado. Best part may have just been the view straight up at the vortex overhead, while the ground circulation crossed the highway a bit east. Tornado outbreak day with really only two specific areas in the setup working out. Was important to find the area with the mid-level flow crossing the boundary.

40 minutes total for this day.

August 18, Ewing NE Tornado

Tornado near Ewing Nebraska. Windshield cracking hail just before the tornado. Interesting setup and situation. Jaw dropping example of the power in a rear flank down draft at the end of this one. Hard to beat this as example of the power in an RFD. See an updraft crashing downward hard on the backside. also before that, this was a situation where you end up with dual entities in one basic storm. Very close bases that sorta verge on being multicell but organized. Each tending to mess with the other's rotation till one area finally gets it done. Too much directional turning leads to pulse type storms as a storm ingests a lot of its outflow/precip cooled air. This was a setup very close to having too much turning, too near 180 degrees and so that was how the storms were acting, pulsy. You'll see.

49 minutes total this day.

August 3, 2012 Watertown SD Fast Bow Echo

Obviously this video needed a linear chase and this was a great one! Crazy outflow machine moving 60mph down the highway west of Watertown SD. Too much dry air around off the deck and you get evaporational cooling and outflow issues.

39 minutes total this day.

Special thanks to following...

SPC - Storm Prediction Center

NWS - National Weather Service

NOaa - National Oceanic and atmospheric administration

UCaR - University Corporation for atmospheric Research

Plymouth State University

Video Duration: 6hrs 45 minutes

$25 DVD
$25 Blu-ray

A paypal account is not required to use the above button. There's an option on there to buy with a credit card. No added cost for shipping in US. Just $5 for international shipping(it actually costs me $9.45 overseas now...). The dvd is not region coded and should play anywhere(I've sold to many different countries for years).