How does a storm chaser keep the excitement and adrenaline in check when chasing a tornado or other threatening storm to ensure they make safe decisions on when to pull back from a chase or stop at a certain point in the chase to avoid injury?
How does a storm chaser control the adrenaline rush of storm chasing to ensure the adventure is safe?
I don't have a good answer to this one. Everybody is so different in how they respond to their environment. I would urge anyone who is chasing to stay focused enough to care for their and others' safety. Of course it is exciting; that's why most people chase. But, I recommend keeping a balance between the excitement and safety.
Perhaps ironically, I don't get very excited while chasing. I'm very focused on my missions. Sometimes I think I am missing the excitement. But, I find excitement in the data, in the discoveries that my team makes when we are successful in our missions. This type of behavior is good for my missions, but has been pretty frustrating for television teams trying to film the excitement of chasing. Even in very busy and stressful situations, I tend to be pretty even-tempered and focused on keeping all of my team focused and calm....which translates to kind of boring on tv.