7/8/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I started out by remotely attending a Society for Industrial Archeology board meeting.  I checked in via my phone on my way to Santa Fe.

In Santa Fe, I attended the Skywarn Training, led by Kerry Jones.  He does a great job, and I’ve attended several of his training sessions.   He referenced me several times in the talk as a fellow storm chaser.

I drove back from Santa Fe, and stopped to go for a long walk in Bernalillo.  I knew I had eaten too much, and I did my best to walk off the calories.  I overdid it slightly, and ended up taking a nap when I got home.

After my nap, Joey and I went to the music show at the Solid Grounds Coffee House.  It wasn’t the same without the whole group there, but we still had a good time.

In the late evening, I posted several updates to this blog, including monthly updates for April, May and June, as well as one of my running screenshots.

I started using MapMyRun again, as I am having trouble with FitBit accurately representing my path, even though it gets the mileage and times right.  It can’t seem to map it correctly.  I promise I’ve gone on quite a few runs since 1/2/17, though my page doesn’t accurately represent them.

Joey and I also finished up the first season of Justified.

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7/1/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I started out the day by driving to the Camp Meeting, which was an event hosted by the Texaco Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists.  It was held just north of Ruidoso, so I left Socorro early in the morning.

I attended Sabbath School, Church and an afternoon session.  In the late afternoon, severe storms had developed across much of the state, including one cell just south of my location, passing through Ruidoso.  I headed south to Ruidoso, then northeast along US-70 to chase this storm.  It fell apart soon after my northeastern turn, so I ended up punching the core and driving home.

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6/25/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, we woke up at the Field Day site in Datil Wells Campground, NM.  We had breakfast with the other ham radio operators and I did a quick forecast.  I had received several messages about chasing storms from my Virginia Tech storm chasing crew, and sure enough, we were in an Enhanced Risk area.  We packed up at the Field Day site, and JoAnna and I headed home to pick up Joey.

He jumped in the car and we headed north to Las Vegas, NM where we intercepted a cell that was showing rotation on radar.  We could clearly see the entire base, and there was no organized wall cloud, and no tornado.  We did take one big hailstone to the center of the roof after seeing an occasional pea-sized hailstone, so we headed south out of the storm.  I will post the entire writeup on my storm chase blog later tonight.

We returned in the evening and unpacked.  I was pretty well beat from the Field Day and the storm chase, so I went to bed early.

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6/5/17: Daily Post

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.

Giving up fighting depression.

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5/30/17: Daily Post

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.

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The Last Two Weeks

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.

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5/8/17: Daily Post

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.

Even so, I’m looking forward to it!

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