2/2/18 Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the morning tutoring AVID at Albuquerque High School. Overall, that was a lot of fun, as usual.

In the afternoon, I spent several hours going through the second wave of Explora Fellow training. When the training is finished, I will be an Explora Fellow, where I will give an occasional talk about storm chasing to anyone who wanders through Explora.

When I returned home, Joey and I watched another episode of Justified. Then, JoAnna and I sat up until after midnight, chatting away. I think I finally went to bed sometime well after midnight.

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1/24/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day at NMT. I started out by going to an interview for becoming an Explora Fellow. This wasn’t a placement interview, but it was an interview to get the preliminary work done for my project. The interviewer and I had a great time talking about the weather.

I had two meetings get cancelled, but ended up sucked into other projects. I spent a good part of yesterday mid-day working on the computer lab, updating software. I also had a department meeting sandwiched in there as well.

In the afternoon, I taught my first section of instrumentation lab this semester. I have only two students, so the lab goes by very quickly. I spent the remainder of the afternoon working on the computers and then meeting with another student to practice using the plastic welder. I had to leave before it got up to temperature, but we will try again later.

On my commute home, I worked on my storm chasing book. I added about 400 words to it. I have a ways to go, but I told the publisher I would have the table of contents and the first chapter by February, and I am on schedule to do that.

In the evening, Joey and I watched an episode of Justified. We are almost done the second season. I also updated my amateur radio logbooks.

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6/29/17: Daily Post

Yesterday was a busy day for me, even though I didn’t accomplish nearly as much as I had hoped to accomplish.

I spent the day applying for jobs on Upwork.  I had several good hits and one awkward interview that was probably a scam.  We’ll see how they pan out.

I also finished an application for a National Geographic Grant.  If I get that, I will have some funded storm chase time with some high school students.  We will see how that goes as well.

I ran a bunch of laundry, and did some general housework.  I swept off the sidewalk, as that hasn’t been done in ages.

I also did some reading and some paying of bills.  Nothing too exciting there.

Overall, it was an uneventful day.

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6/28/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I started out the day by going for a 3.46 mi, 40 minute run, even though the temperature was quite warm.  I might have been able to go for longer, but I was afraid of overdoing things in the heat.

I spent part of the day working on a few projects around storm chasing.  I worked on a grant application from National Geographic and sent a few emails concerning a possible LabVIEW opportunity.

In the evening, I had dinner at Havana Restaurant, a Cuban restaurant, with my friends Laura and Ryan.  I had not seen them since last summer, so it was good to catch up with them.

In the late evening, I tried to photograph a few Iridium events (19 and 72), but was unable to do so, though I saw both of them moving.

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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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Return From Storm Chasing

Yesterday, I spent the entire day on the road.  I left Tulsa in the morning and drove north to try and make a few contacts on the county hunters net, as I have not operated from several counties in northeastern Oklahoma.  I was not able to make a single contact.

Having burned two hours, it was an even longer drive home.  I arrived in Albuquerque around 8 pm and did some grocery shopping.

I fell asleep in my chair and my animals are slowly forgiving me for being gone so long.

So far, I am not able to kick the post-storm chase blues.  I may not go again, if this keeps up.

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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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