Yesterday, we packed up and headed east for a two week road trip. We only made it as far as Amarillo. We stayed at a Quality Inn just a little ways off I-40. Along our route, we also punched a weak hail core (slushy pea-sized hail). I tweeted about it and it was picked up by Albuquerque NWS as well as Channel 4 in Albuquerque.
JoAnna and I talked about hard work last night. I value hard work and struggle, but why value struggle? It is inefficient and stupid. Learn something new everyday, I suppose.
Yesterday, I was still fighting the depression. I fasted and went for another run, 2.6 miles this time around.
I did finally go through my storm chase photos and added them to my weather blog. Here is the link to the 2017 Storm Chase: 2017 Storm Chase Please go check it out, as I have quite a few nice photos up.
Other than that, I did some more housework in an attempt to catch up on two weeks of absence. I cleaned my fish tank and did some weed-whacking.
I also did some grocery shopping and walked around taking photos of “Help Wanted” signs.
I have been out storm chasing with a few Virginia Tech alumni for the past two weeks. I haven’t had time to post on this blog, and am behind on my storm chase blog as well.
This storm chase has been probably the best chase I have ever done. My chase team was solid. We caught four tornadoes in four states. We were on severe storms almost every day. Navigation, costs, and everything were within spec. I did get a few hail dents, but kept all of the windows.
I did lose a former student during this time. Unfortuately, my former student and friend, Ben Nzavi, drowned while trying to save his daughter, who fell in a lake and also drowned.
I’m in a little post-chase depression, as usual, after our last chase day. I just dropped Kathryn off at the Tulsa airport, and said goodbye to Alex, Aaron and Dan, as they drive back to VA. I am at a Waffle House just north of town, getting ready for my long trek west.
Yesterday, I spent the bulk of the day working at Magdalena. I tutored quite a few classes before heading back to the NMT Campus to work on a few things there.
At NMT, I did some lab cleanup and a whole bunch of grading. I am waiting on one more thing before I submit my final grades for the semester.
I’ve entered the final week before storm chasing, and it is really hitting me how much I still have left to finish out. I have some minor car repairs, batteries to charge, and APRS to set up. I have to finish packing, and make sure I have everything arranged in my garden for my departure.
Yesterday, I spent the morning and early afternoon tutoring at Magdalena. The kids were still on a sugar high, but things were a little calmer, and I think we all had a good day.
In the afternoon, I attended our department meeting, which included a meeting with the Vice President of the university. It was nice to meet him.
In the evening, I commuted home with little drama or incident.
When I arrived at home, I worked on my weather station some more, as it had crashed during the day. I had to restart the console, and then the software. Restarting the console is a pain, as I have to reset the time, units, alarms, etc. I think it is up and running now, however.
Yesterday, I tutored in Magdalena in the morning. On Tuesdays, I get to tutor the sophomore class in AVID, though it is the only day where that is possible with my schedule.
In the afternoon, I taught my Measurement, Instrumentation and Process Control class. This week’s lesson was about digital logic, and included truth tables and conversion to and from binary. There was also a lab where the students had to build NAND, NOT and AND logic gates.
In the evening, I took the buses and trains back to Rio Rancho. My weather station had sounded an alarm while I was gone, and had been subsequently unplugged. I spent part of the night reprogramming it and getting it back on the internet.
Yesterday was a busy day. I started out by working on some housework, siphoning water from the aquarium and changing the cat boxes. I also did some yard work. I organized a few things in my reloading shed and cleaned up the area around the woodstove. I cleaned the bathroom and kitchen.
At some point, I went for a run, somewhere around two miles.
In the afternoon, I went grocery shopping and then cooked a few dinners for this week.
In the evening, I folded several loads of laundry and checked into an amateur radio net.
I also played on an old computer until I was able to make the weather station post to Wunderground. So far, it seems to work well.