Virginia Weather Data and Storm Chaser Links

updated: May 16, 2012

by William T. Hark

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FOR SALE: Eastern Fury (Tornadoes of the Eastern United States)

This is a two hour DVD compilation of rare tornado video from the eastern United States. There is footage from over 30 videographers including amateurs, storm chasers and media. Featured tornadoes include multiple views of the La Plata, MD tornado, Hurricane Ivan induced tornadoes across the Washington D.C. area, close video of the Myrtle Beach tornado, the beautiful white Punta Gorda, Florida tornado, massive tornado from Hermitage, PA during the 1985 outbreak and F5 tornado in Lawrence County, TN. The only known footage of the 1953 Worcester, MA tornado is also shown. Click on the above link for purchase info, sample promo video and listing with images of all the tornadoes.



Current Weather Conditions and Forecasts


National Storm Warnings and Watches


National Weather Maps, Models, Upper Air Soundings and Surface Plots

  • *** TwisterData.com ***
  • Oklahoma Weather Lab (HOOT) including model output (NAM, RAP, GFS, WRF)
  • Earl's Model Pages and Experimental Severe Weather Model Output
  • NCEP 4.0 km special NMM WRF run for SPC (00Z init), and (12Z init).
  • NCAR ARW WRF 3km Forecast
  • High Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR)
  • Rapid Refresh
  • Storm Machine surface and upper-air plots.
  • SPC Hourly Mesoscale Analysis --area featured is under main threat of
    severe weather. Updates 20min after the hour.
  • SPC Hourly Mesoscale Analysis, Direct links to zones: EC,SPlains,CPlains,NPlains
  • SPC Hourly Mesoscale Analysis, Direct Links to zones (low-res mobile): EC,SPlains,NPlains

    SPC Hourly Mesoscale Analysis, selected direct links for Mid-Atlantic
    T, Dew,W SBCAPE LCL SR Helicity 1KM Sup Index S Tor Fix S Tor Eff Non Sup Tor EHI 1km//EHI 3 km SR Anvil Winds
    (<40 HP; 40-60 CL; >60 LP)

    SPC Hourly Mesoscale Analysis, selected direct links for Southern Plains
    T, Dew,W SBCAPE LCL SR Helicity 1KM Sup Index S Tor Fix S Tor Eff Non Sup Tor EHI 1km//EHI 3 km SR Anvil Winds

    SPC Hourly Mesoscale Analysis, selected direct links for Central Plains
    T, Dew,W SBCAPE LCL SR Helicity 1KM Sup Index S Tor Fix S Tor Eff Non Sup Tor EHI 1km//EHI 3 km SR Anvil Winds

    SPC Hourly Mesoscale Analysis, selected direct links for Northern Plains
    T, Dew,W SBCAPE LCL SR Helicity 1KM Sup Index S Tor Fix S Tor Eff Non Sup Tor EHI 1km//EHI 3 km SR Anvil Winds

  • Short Fuse Composite (central & west KS, OK panhandle--objective meso-analysis using hourly FSL LAPS analysis grids
    and FSL/NWS GFE software.(west KS & NE) & Short fuse Usage
  • NWSFO sites running the WRF-ARW
  • SPC Short Range Ensemble Forecast (SREF) Page
  • Skew T's from:Ohio State, NCAR, UNISYS, CODA, and SPC (current and 7 day archives)
  • Greg Thompson's (UCAR) site for model data.

    NAM MSLP/Surface Winds
    00 hr 06 hr 12 hr 18 hr 24 hr 30 hr 36 hr 42 hr

  • NCEP Model Analyses and Guidance
  • SPC Latest RAP 1 Hour Forecast
  • CAPS/WX surface and upper air analysis main page and northeast USA
  • Satellite, Radar, Models and Maps from UNISYS
  • Weather analysis page by Nexlab
  • ECMF--Long range European Model Forecast for North America (Geopotential 500 hPa)
  • GFS and NAM Long Range by "idonthaveawebpage.com"
  • North American Ensemble Forecast System (NAEFS) Spaghetti Long-Range Plots
  • Long-range U.S. Hazards Assessments: Days 3 - 7 and Days 8 - 14--Analysis of models for the next couple of weeks for severe weather threats by the CPC.
  • NCEP Ensemble Prediction System Graphics - North America
  • SPC MARS Forecast Loop-a special version of the GFS ensemble mean
  • Roger Edward's Storm Intercept Links
  • Sam Barricklow's Forecast Pages
  • COD


    Other Storm Links

    The author of this page assumes no liability or responsibility for the information provided by these links or from those acting upon this information. Use the data at your own risk. This includes storm chasing which is inherently dangerous and is not encouraged by the author of this page. If one is considering storm chasing or has questions about it, reading the following essays is suggested: "Chaser Safety" by Dr. Charles Doswell III at the NSSL, "Storm Chase Ethics" by Alan Moller and the "Storm Chase Guide and FAQ" by Tim Vasquez and Roger Edwards. Also read "Lightning Strike Effects and Recommendations for Storm Chasers" by William T. Hark, M.D.

    Real-time storm data, streaming video, images and positions of chasers from the field