Storm chasing season kicks off with convention in Denver

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DENVER -- Hundreds of storm chasers from all over the world are gathered in Denver this weekend for an event called ChaserCon.

The 14th annual National Storm Chasers Convention is being held at the Red Lion Hotel at I-70 and Quebec.  Sean Casey, from the Storm Chasers show on Discovery Channel, says it’s a good place to kick off the next storm chasing season.

“This is where a lot of the storm chasing enthusiasts from all walks of life  show up in one spot every year.  They migrate to Denver, Colorado,  to hang out, look at presentations, exchange war stories and get together,” Casey said.

Storm chasers will find the latest in vehicles and technology.  For example, one man is selling a camera that automatically tracks the storm while chasers are driving.

Another man was selling a lightning trigger, that helps photographers capture shots of lightning.

But ChaserCon is not just for professionals.  Jamie Weidner brings his kids every year. “I look forward to seeing the new technology and how they spot the tornadoes,” said his son, CJ Weidner.  One thing that is hard to miss is the photography.

The photographers go to extreme lengths to get the shots, and it’s nice to have a place to show them off.  ChaserCon continues on Sunday.  In the afternoon there will be some spotter training from the National Weather Service.

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