Stormchasing from home

Screenshot from a live video feed at Live Storm Chasers. It shows a view of Texas flatlands as a gray thunderstorm brews on the horizon.
Here’s a screenshot of a live video feed from stormchaser Gary Schmitt. He’s just one of dozens who share their adventures at Live Storm Chasing.
(Photo copyright © Gary Schmitt via Live Storm Chasing)

Photo is of the following typewritten text. Saturday, May 4, 2019. Chicago, USA. Canon Typostar 5. Maybe you like it, maybe you don't. I'm talking about bad weather — thunderstorms, especially. I love being ou t in bad storms and experiencing Mother Nature during her many emotional outbursts. I've often considered driving around out on the plains during tornado season but I don't own a car and renting one would be a bad idea for this since I'm sure Hertz, Avis, Enterprise and the like are not going to allow CDW insurance to cover hail damage that occurs when you intentially put one of their vehicles in harm's way. The next best thing is following stormchasers online. I like to keep track of these folks on Live Storm Chasing; the URL is Some of the chaser have a live audio feed going too, so you get to hear them strategize and copordinate their movements. In terms of artistry, the No. 1 best chaser is Pecos Hank. He's into music and creates the soundtrackfor his videos and also has an interest in reptiles. His url is What typewriter would I bring with ,e when stormchasing? This Typestar, of course. It runs on batteries if needed. Note: As usual, this typecast has not been copy edited.



6 thoughts on “Stormchasing from home

    • The Typestar line of electronic typewriters used a ribbon that transferred “ink” to paper when a small metal strip was heated. The ribbons aren’t being made anymore so many folks use thermal fax or cash register receipt paper. In this case, I used a sheet of 8.5-inch wide fax paper cut in half, so the paper had a tendency to curl. I could have taken a few extra minutes to flatten it but I was lazy. A couple of other Typestar posts show the same curvature.


      • You are using thermal paper on a typewriter!? I didn’t know such a thing was possible. I’ve always wanted to print my own receipts. Not for any sort of proof of purchase, but just for fun. Now I’m going to try this.


      • The Canon Typestar is a lightweight electronic typewriter with a heated print head that creates letters and characters on standard paper. It uses a one-time use cartridge with a ribbon whose pigment (or whatever) is heated and transferred to the paper. Trouble is, the ribbon cartridges are no longer made and are becoming hard to find and pricey. Thermal paper causes the same reaction but without the ribbon. Joe Van Cleave (a creative guy like you) compares two thermal typewriters in this video.


    • On very, very rare occasions I’ll use Photoshop to prevent myself from looking like a total moron — but nearly all the time what you see is what I typed.


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