Roger Edwards is a meteorologist for the Storm Prediction Center. He jokes about these organizations explaining that "SPC is part of the National Weather Service, which is (for now) part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which is (for now) part of the Department of Commerce." His page is very comprehensive includes information on his storm chasing experiences, related articles on storm chasing ethics and safety, and publications. The page is very long and you have to scroll quite a bit to view everything. It would be helpful if the site was separated into different pages and, the large blinking title is a distraction.
Thompson is also a meteorologist for the Storm
Prediction Center, whose long time chase partner is none other than
Roger Edwards. Included are several photos taken of tornadoes, but
you need to click on each one to see it. He also describes his research,
but without sufficient detail. His paper Tornado
SuperCells includes a map of the distribution of tornadoes in Tornado
Gilbert Sebenste maintains the very popular Storm Chaser Home Page which is linked to from many other tornado related sites. The page is designed for the storm chaser to get the latest weather information from the NWS, and provides the NWS a place to receive chaser reports, inquiries, and information from chasers. For example, the page has links for late breaking and important news for storm chasers, past weather and weather archives, tornado talk, movie reviews and photos. The page does not contain "hard data" but rather information from other individuals. The page's yellow on black background is difficult to read. Gilbert is affiliated with the Geography Department at Northern Illinois University, but his position is not clear (student, faculty, adjunct).
Storm Chaser Warren Faidley is a professional storm chaser and photographer. He has been on CBS 48 Hours, and is the author of two books Storm Chaser and Eye of the Storm published by The Weather Channel. Faidley declares that his pages are "for entertainment, educational, commercial and public relations purposes only." He does not provide chasing data, but many sources and links for extensive chase data, tips, weather data, etc. His Tornado KiDs home page is sparse, but has links to safety tips and to tornado pictures. His page can only be described as in disarray because there are many messages and announcements interspersed among the information. His cloud wallpaper background is distracting, a lot of scrolling is required, and it is easy to pass what you are looking for if you scroll too fast. The page makes inefficient use of space, especially at the bottom where there is much blank space. The information that is presented is up to date.
Matt Biddle, a PhD student at the University of Oklahoma in the Department of Geography, maintains a web site called Moderate Risk Storm Services. The site has several tornado alley related links, including satellite images, research institutions, tornado photos, storm reports, and so on. It is also filled with personal extra stuff such as T-shirt, decal and chase gear for sale and "other various and stupid stuff", which is quite humorous for tornado enthusiasts.
Matthew Sattler developed the Tornadoes! Web page as part of an 8 month project during his senior year in high school. The page's purpose is to better inform the public about severe weather and its dangers. Support for the project was provided by Meteorologists John Willing and Bob Gambert, and KMOL News4, San Antonio. Hence, the reliability is better than one might expect from a high school student. The page is easy to maneuver through, but the raindrop background is somewhat distracting. Topics include an introduction, formation, destruction, history, safety, and basic information about tornadoes. It is a very good source for the layman.
Cory Forsyth, a 14 year old freshman at Logan High School, in Logan, Utah maintains a personal tornado page, which is actually untitled. Instead, there is a sponsor at the top of the page. The page has some interesting graphics, an explanation of the fujita scale, and tornadoes by month and intensity for 1992. Manipulating through the page takes a lot of scrolling, and as of this writing, the Web server was down (but probably temporarily).
Jeff Basara is a meteorology master's student at the University of Oklahoma and maintains a Tornado page. At first, it looks like a great source of information about Tornado Alley, from the appealing headline "Click here to Enter Tornado Alley". Unfortunately, this immensely graphically loaded web site that takes forever to download is mostly about Jeff's dog named Tornado. The page typifies the frustrations one might find when surfing the Web for useful information.
Michael McDaniel, a 10th grader at Demopolis High School in Demopolis, Alabama maintains a Tornadoes page. The page includes cumulative 30 year data of tornadoes by state 1962-1991 and a discussion of tornado basics from Grolier's Encyclopedia. You can expect the Grolier's information to be accurate, but the rest of the information is questionable due to the source's age and lack of credentials. The web site looks very professional but begins with a commercial link, and there is no link to his home page, making it very difficult to assess the quality of the information. Surprisingly, the page appears to get updated and revised frequently.