5/14/18: Daily Post

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.

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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!

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5/13/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, we went storm chasing around rural Colorado.  We left Boulder and caught a storm north of Limon, CO.

We chased the storm until near sundown, but then returned back to Trevor’s house.  We got some Chinese carry-out and hung out for a bit before calling it an early night.

It was a really laid back day, an easy chase day.  Typical chase days are not as easy as the past few days have been for us.

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5/11/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day chasing with Trevor and Kathryn.  We chased a few weak storms across Wyoming and Colorado.  We left Nebraska and headed to the only threat in the country, which was quite weak.  The storms kept getting undercut by cold air.  I posted more about this in my weather blog.

We had an easy ride to Trevor’s house in Boulder for dinner and a good night’s sleep.

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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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