Yesterday, I did a bunch of housework in the morning. I ran some laundry, cleaned the cat boxes and so on, as this had not been done while I was storm chasing.
In the afternoon, Joey and I went storm chasing. Our house was in the 2% Tornado Threat Ring and Slight Risk area, so we waited until storms began to fire before we took off after them. We did not see any tornadoes, but we did go through some several inch deep pea to dime sized hail in several places.
In the evening, I did some grocery shopping, then came home and finished out Season 5 of Justified with Joey. I fell asleep on the couch with the dog curled up on my lap.
Yesterday, I spent the morning at the Rio Rancho Seventh Day Adventist Church. I didn’t attend Sabbath School, but I did make it in time for church.
In the afternoon, I updated my storm chasing blog to cover all of my storm chase photos and journal. It is nice to have that finished. I may update pieces from time to time, as I always do in the down season, but the bulk of the content is there.
In the evening, Joey and I went to Solid Grounds and listened to the music. When we returned home, we watched several episodes of Justified.
Yesterday, I did my last day of storm chasing for the season, most likely. I spent the day in northwestern Oklahoma and the eastern Texas Panhandle chasing some storms that fired there.
I sat in Perryton, TX, for a long time contemplating whether to drive north to Montana and the Dakotas for the threats today and tomorrow. In the end, I decided my budget was not up for that, and I ended up spending the night in Amarillo.
I have a lot to do now that I am back home. I have logs to update, photos to process, work to finish, house to clean, and so on. I will begin regular posting on this blog again as well.
Yesterday was a bit of a mess. I woke up in my car in North Platte, NE, trying to decide what to do next. I could go back home to NM, drive to my friend’s house in Green Bay on my way back to VA, or chase the Slight Risk for severe weather. I chose to drift a little east and evaluate.
I stopped at a pulloff on the road to refill my water bottle, restart my phone and check the latest visible satellite. A Nebraska Highway Patrolman stopped in the highway, traveling the opposite direction. I won’t go through all the details, but he yelled at me for stopping and told me to leave immediately. He shouted at me as I tried to put the top on my water bottle.
Bummed about it, I wasn’t sure what to do next. I ended up drifting south into Kansas and briefly chasing a cell near Colby, KS. I took a few photos and live streamed a video.
In the evening, I drove into Oakley, KS, and spent the night in the truck stop parking lot. I worked on my computer off and on until 1 or so, chatting with some old friends. It was what I needed.
Yesterday, we chased two storm cells that formed in eastern Colorado. We left Boulder in the late morning, and drove out I-70 towards Limon. We had our first intercept south of Limon, and then muscled ahead of the slow-moving storms in Arriba, then Siebert. The storms became disorganized enough that it wasn’t worth following them east any farther, so we doubled back to Boulder for the evening. Here is a photo of our storm becoming outflow-dominant and weakening.
We have been staying at one of the chaser’s apartments, and when we arrived, we had a nice roast chicken, rice and broccoli dinner waiting for us. We are getting spoiled on this chase- short days, good food, and free lodging!