Yearly Archives: 2005

CHASE2005 SEASON SUMMARY

CHASE2005 SEASON SUMMARY


CHASE 2005

DAILY JOURNAL


SEASONAL TRAINING:

To better appreciate the processes going on in storms and to stay safe, I take classroom training each year
DATE DAY START END MILES REMARKS
Late Mar 2005
Saturday
Bolingbrook
IL
-Plainfield
IL
???
(RT)
Basic Spotter Training (BARS,PRL)
09 Apr 2005
Saturday
Bolingbrook
IL
-Batavia
IL
78
(RT)
FermiLab Weather Seminar (w/Tom Skilling)

GREAT/SOUTHERN PLAINS CHASES
To keep the look and feel of supercell storms fresh in my mind

TEMPEST TOURS was not on my list this year.  After being without a full-time job for about 18 months, the cost of this kind of chase (and difficulty getting time off at my new job) made a Great Plains chase impossible.
(“Better luck next year!”)

IL/IN CHASES/SPOTTING:
Storms in the ‘hood!
DATE DAY START END MILES REMARKS
30 March 2005
Monday Bolingbrook
IL
– Morris
IL
70 (RT, est.)
About a 90-minute trip (via I55/80,IL 47,US52), featuring some wild driving, golfball sized hail, but no video (due to van maintenance in progress). I did grab a few cellphone photos after the fact.  Called in a hail report from 3 mi. east of Morris (I-80, milepost 115) and saw a cigar shaped cloud appendage that was probably the remnant of the earlier tornado in LaSalle county, based on reports from other spotters and chasers.  For storm reports, see http://www.spc.noaa.gov/climo/reports/050330_rpt s.html
(NOTE: This was a rare ‘solo trip’ for me, i.e., no partner)


COLOR CODE

Plan was to not chase GRAY
Planned Chase Day (future) YELLOW
Available to chase; no weather (“blue-skied”) BLUE
Chase Day (have partner and stormy weather) GREEN
No-Partner Day (Weather stormy, no partner) RED
Weather Stormy, but not available for chasing PURPLE
BUST DAY – no severe storms where we looked!
ORANGE
Training Day
WHITE

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