Hey I've got solution to your chasing dramas!
Buy a LD-250 lightning detector from www.boltek.com.
or the weather shop at weatherzone.(cheaper from Boltek) AU$1100
Displays realtime lightning strikes on your Laptop/computer. hook it up to a cheap GPS($200) and your laptop, and turn on the LD-250's heading indicator when running mobile. The blue triangle in the center of the screen rotates as your vehicle turns to show the LD-250 is using your GPS or marine compass to correct for changes in your vehicle's direction. No on going phone expenses. Tho the outlay is a bit. IF YOU WORK OUTSIDE, CLAIM IT AS A TAX DEDUCTION!
Go to the above website for details.
also use the AVN plotter at www.inflowimages.com/WeatherData/avn2.asp
Great website so you can pinpoint the exect location where storms will occur up to 7 days in advance, their strength, which direction they will move, and how fast.
But to be able to understand it and what to look for go to www.downunderchase.com/storminfo/stormguide/
read this carefully! it takes a while to understand it, but its great when you can!!!
any problems or more info, feel free to email me