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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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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