There is a difference in getting a degree in MY and storm chasing for the thrill. The reason why you were mocked are two-fold. There is the huge market for storm chasing tours, other storm chasers that work for area TV weather, and last but not least the chasers that do it for a thrill. Think if your roads were clogged with chasers every day, trying to outdo the other chaser for just the right video to sell for the big bucks. They don't see the beauty in nature but the dollar sign, getting paid to see a community wiped out. It's all about the money which is sad. I have the utmost respect for those that do it for research and how we can enhance our skills at forecasting tornadoes.The number one rule in chasing is if you see damage, STOP AND SEE IF YOU CAN HELP IN ANYWAY INSTEAD OF DRIVING ON BY TO GET MORE VIDEO! How would you feel if your house was destroyed and you can't find your loved ones and there are a group of people videotaping your anguish. I can imagine the people in tornado alley every spring saying 'Here we go again! Before TVN closed down I would see chasers with their peddle to the metal! WHY? For research purposes or that special video tape of gold..By the way I have my degree in MY and decided to stay in my community. My thrill is forecasting for my small area on NW CT and warning them and at the same time educating them about the complexities of forecasting. i love time-lapse photography. I'm not in it for any money but when that one person says 'thank you' to me that her son's soccer game will not be called off because the thunderstorm will not hit us, means more to me than anything else. TY and good luck in school.