Hey Brecky! The most important thing that I took away from my SkyWarn class, and I don’t think this has been mentioned yet, is keep your head on a SWIVEL! You may get completely immersed when you finally spot that first tornado and lock your eyes on it and from out of the blue, something can and will sneak up behind you. LOOK EVERYWHERE! Above you, beside you and most importantly, behind you!
Also, don’t listen to those people who tell you not to chase “just for the fun of it.” Every storm chaser began chasing because of the rush and the excitement of it. You’re no different than they were at your age. If you enjoy storm chasing, do it! If the people that are telling you not to “because its cool” didn’t think so themselves, they wouldn’t be doing it, right? You seem like you have a good head on your shoulders, (swiveling apparatus ) and you seem to know what equipment and software to use, so just be safe and have fun! You’re going at it more intelligently than most!
Good luck and chase on!