What is Storm Chasing

storm chasersStorm chasing is the intentional pursuit of any severe weather, regardless of the storm chaser's motive.  Storm chasers commonly chase storms for reasons such as curiosity, scientific investigation, photography and/or video to be used in news or media coverage or just to satisfy their curiosity of extreme weather and their passion of severe storms.

Storm Chaser Brian Barnes

Welcome to the home of storm chaser Brian Barnes.  It is through his rich and broad storm chasing experience, nearly 20 years of working this discipline that he provides us with access to a world of extreme weather, scenery, travel and science that few of us have a chance to see - or feel - in person. 

Brian's photography work vividly expresses his own philosophical concerns about storm chasing, atmospheric science, and conservation of our fragile, but sometimes ruthless planet.  His archives offer an unparalleled selection of pictures - over 500,000 - of storm structure, tornadoes, hail, lightning, natural history, conservation issues, science and travel photography.

We invite you to explore Brian's world of breathless beauty, heart-stopping action, and countless one-of-a-kind events through his photography, his videos or by joining him on one of his incredible storm chasing tours.

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Hurricane Patricia Already in Record Books

Posted by Brian Barnes on October 22, 2015 | Leave a Comment
24 hours ago there was a tropical storm off Mexico's west coast. Now, that tropical storm has intensified into a massive category 5 hurricane and is set to make landfall in the State of Jalisco near the resort town of Puerto Vallarta within the next 15-18 hours.  Read More

The Tornado Storm Chaser Tim Samaras Liked Most

Posted by Brian Barnes on October 14, 2015 | Leave a Comment
May 31st, 2013 is a day of infamy in the storm chasing community. Storm chaser Tim Samaras, his son Paul and chasing partner Carl Young lost their lives near El Reno, Oklahoma when a large violent tornado overtook their vehicle.  Read More

How a Pulitzer Prize Winning Photographer Responds to a Free Photo Request

Posted by Brian Barnes on October 12, 2015 | Leave a Comment
Social media sites such as Twitter and Youtube are being used by major news media to derail and tank professional photographers. Major news corporations are making more money than ever with expensive advertising revenues, while offering no money in exchange for photography and video to fill their broadcasts. Read More

El Faro Tragedy Could Have Been Prevented Through Legislation

Posted by Brian Barnes on October 9, 2015 | Leave a Comment
Any teenager with a smartphone can load up a weather app to receive instant live radar and storm updates. So then why did a professional Master Captain steer his ship directly into the teeth of a Category 4 hurricane? There are many aspects to this story once you examine the available facts that can be picked apart and would have likely prevented the El Faro tragedy, but the real solution isn't so obvious. Read More

Storm Chaser Photos in New York Post

Posted by Brian Barnes on October 5, 2015 | Leave a Comment
Several of Brian's storm chasing photos were recently published in the New York Post. Most of the photos were taken on June 4th, 2015 in central Colorado when a localized tornado outbreak occurred near the town of Simla. Read More
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