7/22/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, we began a road trip to Illinois.  We started out the day late, but that allowed us time to get to the airport for Joey’s late afternoon flight to visit his father.  As soon as he boarded the plane, we headed east.

We turned northeast on US-54 at Tucumcari and stopped to see this awesome sunset under a (non-severe) thunderstorm.

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While we watched this storm and sunset, two hawks landed on a tree nearby.

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We continued northeast on US-54, crossing into Texas soon after dark.  Before we drove through Stratford, TX, we stopped to watch the International Space Station (ISS) pass overhead.

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On the other side of Stratford, we stopped once again, only this time, we watched the continuous lightning on the non-severe storms that had formed over the Texas Panhandle.  Most of the lightning was obscured by rain (sheet lightning), but, as you can see, it made for some fantastic photographic opportunities anyway.

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We ended our night in Guymon, OK, at the Quality Inn near the north end of town.

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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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5/9/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the morning working on a few things around the lab at NMT before heading into Magdalena for a full day of tutoring.  I also checked the weather constantly, as storms were firing all over eastern New Mexico, and several tornadoes were reported.

I did pick up some contract work doing technical writing/editing. I spent a little time reviewing the contract yesterday evening.  I got it through Upwork,  which used to be ODesk.  I had not done work for them in quite some time, so I had to become accustomed to the interface again.

In the evening, I took the buses and trains home.  Along the way, my bluetooth keyboard died, but it just needed to be charged, thankfully.   I received no warning, it just stopped displaying what I was typing on the keys.

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