20210509 – Sunday, Day of Rest (Oklahoma City, OK)

07:00 -Had a ‘soft’ wake-up (no call or alarm)

09:00 -Atttend my Chicagoland church online

10:00 – Shower, grab a coffee in the lobby

1030 – Finialize the blog entries for the past two days.  Seems like I’m always catching up on blogs

1130 – Return to Golden Palace for lunch. “You’re back early.” said the diminutive hostess, smiling broadly. “It’s never too early for hour sour soup,” I retorted. First joke of the day!

13:00 – Return to Avid. Work with the housekeeper to get my room sprayed for ants. I relish the chance to have a conversation in Spanish, even if ti’s about my hormiga problem.  The crew pays me a compliment on my Spanish: tu hablas muy bien.  The truth is, I’m embarrassed at how rusty I am with the language. When I when sailing out of Chile during my stint with the U.S. Antarctic Program, I reached a certain level of fluency. My Mexican friends at home — Colorado, at that time — paid me a tremendous compliment: they told me I had picked up a Chilean accent. Very flattering, as I worked hard to do so.

15:00 – Upload some images and videos for today’s blog entry. Took a break just long enough for a short walk, a trip to the van (to clean it up a little for guests), and took a quick weather reading on the Kestrel:

(PLEASE accept my apologies for the formatting of the Kestrel data tables.
I am trying to find something better, in vain)

FORMATTED DATE_TIMETemperatureWet Bulb TempRelative HumidityBarometric PressureAltitudeStation PressureWind SpeedDew PointHeat IndexDensity AltitudeCrosswindHeadwindCompass Magnetic DirectionCompass True DirectionWind Chill        
MMM d, yyyy HH:mm:ss°F°F%hPafthPakt°F°FftktktDegDeg°FData TypeRecord nameStart timeDuration (H:M:S)Location descriptionLocation addressLocation coordinatesNotes
May 9, 2021 14:07:5387.165.532.0971.51150971.60.053.785.533870.00.032432587.1sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:07:5787.165.531.9971.51150971.60.053.685.533840.00.032532587.1sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:08:0287.065.531.8971.51150971.60.053.485.133810.00.032432586.9sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:08:0787.065.531.7971.51151971.60.053.385.133790.00.031331486.9sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:08:1286.765.332.1971.51151971.60.053.485.133580.00.030030186.7sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:08:1786.065.533.7971.51151971.50.054.284.633270.00.0495086.0sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:08:2285.265.535.3971.51151971.60.054.783.832760.00.0686885.1sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:08:2785.065.736.1971.51151971.60.055.183.832660.00.0313184.9sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:08:3284.965.836.9971.71146971.80.055.783.832610.00.0394084.9sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:08:3785.066.237.5971.51151971.50.056.284.232790.00.0666784.9sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:08:4284.666.238.5971.51151971.50.056.683.832560.00.033833884.6sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:08:4784.065.738.4971.51151971.50.056.083.132150.00.031031184.0sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:08:5283.264.937.8971.21163971.21.054.881.731700.90.228228383.1sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:08:5782.564.037.1971.51151971.50.053.780.631090.00.028928982.4sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:09:0781.162.636.0971.51151971.60.051.678.630020.00.032532581.0sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:09:1380.261.534.9971.51151971.60.050.077.429360.00.034834880.1sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:09:1779.961.234.6971.71150971.60.049.577.229160.00.029929979.9sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:09:2279.961.234.4971.51151971.60.049.377.029110.00.030931079.7sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:09:2779.661.034.3971.51150971.60.049.076.828980.00.031431579.5sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:09:3279.260.434.1971.71150971.70.748.576.528600.10.7101179.2sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:09:3779.461.034.8971.51150971.60.049.276.628850.00.00079.3sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:09:4279.661.535.8971.51150971.60.050.277.029060.00.033133279.5sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:09:4778.961.236.4971.51150971.60.050.076.328520.00.026726878.8sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:09:5278.260.837.0971.51150971.60.049.875.728140.00.029829978.1sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:09:5778.060.837.4971.71150971.70.050.075.627990.00.026626777.9sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:10:0779.161.737.8972.01138972.10.051.276.628570.00.024224279.0sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:10:1278.361.237.9972.01135972.10.050.675.928040.00.019919978.3sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:10:1777.360.237.7972.01135972.10.049.574.727380.00.0131477.2sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:10:2276.659.537.1972.01135972.10.048.473.926820.00.032432576.5sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:10:2775.658.636.5972.01138972.10.047.172.926140.00.035435575.6sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:10:3275.458.436.1972.01138972.10.646.772.726020.40.532132275.4sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:10:3775.858.835.9972.21135972.10.047.073.026320.00.028528675.7sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:10:4276.459.236.0972.21135972.10.047.573.626670.00.029629776.3sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:10:4776.959.536.0972.21135972.10.047.974.127030.00.028728776.8sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:10:5277.559.935.9972.01138972.10.048.474.727430.00.029029177.4sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:10:5777.860.135.8972.21135972.20.048.675.027610.00.027928077.7sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:11:0277.960.135.5972.01135972.10.048.475.227660.00.030330377.9sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:11:0778.060.135.3972.21135972.20.048.475.227690.00.029829877.9sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:11:1278.460.435.2972.01135972.10.048.775.628020.00.028929078.3sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:11:1778.360.235.0972.01135972.10.048.475.427940.00.030130178.3sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:11:2278.660.234.7972.01138972.10.048.475.728140.00.029829978.4sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:11:2778.560.234.5972.01138972.10.048.275.728040.00.031131178.4sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:11:3778.059.734.2972.01135972.10.047.575.027690.00.028228277.9sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:11:4278.259.934.2972.01138972.10.047.775.227810.00.028528678.1sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:11:4778.359.934.2972.01135972.10.047.875.427860.00.027727778.3sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:11:5278.559.934.1972.01135972.10.047.975.728020.00.027627678.4sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:12:0278.860.133.8972.01135972.11.847.975.728221.51.030330378.6sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:12:0778.659.933.6972.21135972.20.047.675.628040.00.027427578.4sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:12:1278.659.933.5972.21132972.20.047.575.728020.00.027127278.6sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:12:2278.759.933.2972.21135972.20.047.475.728070.00.027727878.6sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:12:2778.659.933.1972.01135972.10.047.275.628040.00.030130178.4sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:12:3278.459.733.0972.21135972.10.047.075.227940.00.028028078.3sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:12:3778.559.733.0972.21135972.20.047.075.427910.00.027827978.4sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:12:4278.359.532.9972.21135972.20.046.875.227840.00.028228278.3sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:12:4778.259.332.8972.21132972.20.046.675.027760.00.028128178.1sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:12:5278.159.232.8972.21132972.30.046.574.827610.00.029729877.9sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:12:5778.259.332.8972.21132972.30.046.675.027710.00.030130178.1sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:13:0278.559.732.8972.21132972.20.046.975.427940.00.029429578.4sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:13:0778.759.732.8972.21132972.20.047.075.628040.00.033633678.6sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:13:1278.459.733.2972.21135972.20.047.175.227890.00.030030178.3sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:13:1778.761.236.5972.21132972.20.049.976.128240.00.030430478.6sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:13:2279.062.139.1972.21132972.20.052.076.828520.00.029329378.8sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:13:2779.263.141.9972.21135972.20.054.077.528800.00.030130179.2sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:13:3279.464.044.2972.21132972.20.055.778.129030.00.030230279.3sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:13:3779.464.946.1972.21135972.20.056.978.429180.00.0313179.3sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:13:4278.864.647.4972.21135972.20.057.177.728750.00.033033078.6sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:13:4778.664.246.8972.21135972.20.056.677.428600.00.031331378.4sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:13:5278.764.446.9972.21135972.20.056.877.728730.00.031531678.6sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:13:5778.564.647.6972.21135972.20.057.077.528630.00.032032078.4sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:14:0278.663.945.7972.21132972.20.055.977.228570.00.032632778.4sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:14:0778.863.142.8972.21132972.20.054.377.228570.00.032132178.8sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:14:1279.162.640.3972.21132972.20.052.977.228650.00.032032179.0sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:14:1779.161.938.1972.21132972.20.051.576.828600.00.031531579.0sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:14:2278.961.337.1972.21132972.20.050.676.528420.00.032632678.8sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:14:2778.861.036.2972.21135972.20.049.876.128270.00.032332378.6sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:14:3278.860.835.7972.21132972.20.049.476.128240.00.029429478.6sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:14:3778.460.635.9972.21135972.20.049.175.627990.00.034634678.3sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:14:4277.960.135.3972.21132972.20.048.375.227630.00.031931977.9sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:14:4777.259.234.6972.21132972.20.047.274.327180.00.030430477.2sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:14:5276.658.633.9972.21135972.20.046.173.626700.00.034134176.5sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:14:5774.857.233.9972.21132972.20.044.572.025490.00.033833974.7sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:15:0271.354.834.6972.21132972.20.041.969.323140.00.032832971.2sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:15:0768.653.235.6972.21132972.30.040.365.721360.00.031331368.5sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:15:1766.552.338.3972.01138972.13.640.362.620062.42.8404066.4sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:15:2266.052.339.9972.21135972.25.540.962.119723.24.531831965.8sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:15:2765.052.141.5972.21132972.37.441.161.019085.35.231331464.0sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:15:3264.952.343.1972.21132972.26.042.061.019082.75.333233364.4sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:15:3765.553.244.4972.21132972.24.243.361.919551.73.933633765.5sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:15:4264.952.945.5972.21129972.35.443.461.219102.64.833133264.6sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:15:4764.552.946.5972.41129972.36.543.660.818863.46.133033063.7sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:15:5264.753.247.4972.21132972.34.744.261.218962.34.533133264.4sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:15:5764.553.448.3972.41129972.46.544.661.018883.45.532832963.7sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:16:0264.553.648.9972.41129972.44.544.961.218902.33.932933064.4sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:16:0264.553.649.0972.21132972.24.944.961.218962.64.132832864.4sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:16:0764.653.649.7972.21132972.24.545.461.319052.33.832732864.6sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:16:1264.453.850.5972.21132972.25.545.661.018882.94.633033063.9sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:16:1764.253.651.0972.21135972.22.845.761.018811.32.533233364.0sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:16:2264.253.851.4972.21132972.25.145.961.018812.24.633433463.7sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:16:2764.153.651.6972.21129972.34.245.961.018731.83.733333464.0sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:16:3264.053.651.8972.21132972.35.745.960.818632.84.933033063.3sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:16:3762.252.352.4972.21129972.38.744.559.217404.57.432832960.1sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:16:4261.151.652.9972.41127972.49.243.858.316665.27.632532558.6sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:16:4761.151.853.9972.41129972.48.344.358.316694.57.032732858.8sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:16:5261.152.054.9972.41129972.410.244.758.516696.28.032132158.3sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:16:5761.452.555.6972.41127972.42.845.458.816930.52.734935061.3sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:17:0262.153.056.2972.41129972.40.946.459.517450.10.935535562.1sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:17:0763.054.157.3972.21132972.20.047.760.418140.00.031731863.0sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:17:1262.353.657.3972.21132972.30.047.159.917650.00.030931062.2sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:17:1762.653.857.1972.21132972.30.047.260.117800.00.028528662.4sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36
May 9, 2021 14:17:2264.555.657.9972.21135972.20.049.361.919180.00.026126164.4sessionSession - May 9, 2021 14:07:505PM2021 9, 2021 14:07:5000:09:36

15:44 – Checked the SPC convective outlooks.

Murphy’s Law of Chase Tours: The day between tours is often the best chance for storms, the then chances thereafter approach zero:

TODAY: Tour 2 returns to OKC and cannot chase (in the jungles of the ArLaTex region)

TOMORROW: Tour 3 will leave early and may only see marginal storm (then NOTHING for several days following). We will like be stuck in the Big Bend region sans Internet for 2-3 days!

15:55 – Waited in the lobby to see if anybody needed a ride to Walmart for supplies for the trip. No takers seen, though our fearless team lead, Bill Reid, happened by. On to WalMart for handle my list (and a few odd-n-ends for Bill).

1701 – returned to Avid. Delivered items from Bill’s shopping list.

20210508 – Travel Day 2 (Springfield,MO – Oklahoma City,OK)

ROUTE: Springfield, MO – Oklahoma City, OK:

0700 – wake-up call

0825 – Arrive Cracker Barrel, for Lisa M’s (and granddaughter Angelina’s) birthday breakfast

1000 (approx) – Depart Springfield on I-44W
But goof around with a harmonica first!

(insert video later)

1100ish- Enter Oklahoma. Sing the state song (an old ritual of mine).
Pull out a $20 bill for tolls (about $10 between the MO-OK state line and OKC).

 

1430ish- Refuel at Tulsa

 

xxxx – Arrive at Avid Hotel, OKC. So glad they have an elevator, as this makes dragging bags much less work.

1730 – Grab dinner at Golden Palace, an excellent Chinese buffet on the Meridian strip.  Unlike Zio’s, the Italian restaurant several blocks south, the Palace had no waiting line (but lots of people dining, just the same). Given that COVID-19 has driven so many restaurants out of business, I’m delight to see that pretty much every restaurant on Meridian (between the airport and I-40) seems to be thriving.

1800 – Do  a little computer and battery maintenance. Charge up the AX53 camcorder batteries that arrived the day before I left of this trip.  Adding these batteries gives me nearly 8 hours camcorder running time between recharges!

2000 – Watched Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2 on the room TV. Still a fun flick after a number of viewings. Our generation is very fortunate to enjoy the genius of Stan Lee, creator of the Marvel universe.

2200 – Charge the Fitbit, listen to my bible podcast, and drift off to sleep.

20210507 – Travel Day 1 (Bolingbrook,IL-Springfield,MO)

ROUTE: Bolingbrook, IL – Springfield, MO:

06:00 – wake-up, shower, etc.

07:00-11:00 – work from home, online, that is. (Don’t lots of folks do that now?)

11:00 – Lunch at Charlie’s (Bolingbrook Clow International Airport).
(They have scheduled flights to Canada, so ‘International” is quite real.)

12:12 – Depart Bolingbrook Airport, traveling southwest on I-55S.

14:09 – A brief pit stop in Atlanta, IL. Still good on fuel!

14:22 – Resume southwesterly course on I-55S

15:25 – Oh no. traffic jam!

17:28 – Refuel at St. Clair, MO, just west of Six Flags enough to avoid paying a premium price for gasoline.

2100 – Arrive at Red Roof Inn, Springfield. Check in then eat dinner at Jimm’s Steakhouse and Pub. Had the monstrously generous prime rib dip (like a classic French dip, but using prime rib). Too much food!

2315 – bed time.

 

 

20210502 – 2021 Shakedown Cruise #2

After building a fairly long list on shakedown cruise number one, it just makes good sense to do a second shake down and see what remains that list.

1145 – Lunch with Joe and Barb

1400 – Depart for Iowa 80 Truck Stop in Wolcott, Iowa. It was, at one time, the world’s largest truck stop. Supposedly a larger one was being built in Russia, but I’m not sure that ever happened. Needless to say, the place is huge, and technically qualifies as a national landmark.  It also happens to be reasonable distance from home. Depending on conditions such as weather, construction, traffic, the drive can be anything from 2 to 3 hours. (And on this occasion, it was just barely two.)

1559 – Cross the Mississippi river on the interstate 80, entering Iowa. (Upon inspecting my video after returning home, I find out that the crossing was captured on the starboard wyzecam. A nice surprise: the camera system delivered on its promise)

(insert link to crossing video later)

1615 – Arrive at the Iowa 80 Truck Stop. As it turns out, the shakedown cruise is also a test of the driver. I make a hasty run to the bathroom, and discover I am in real need of some Imodium AD. Given that I had a recent battle with “full on” diarrhea, I don’t mess around: I take a large adult dose of this medicine immediately (and do not have a problem with “digestive distress” for the rest of the trip, thankfully). I take a quick moment for some photos at the truckstop. To paraphrase Peewee Herman, “It’ll last longer if you’ll take a picture!”

1645 – Make a brief stop at the National Weather Service, located at Davenport airport. Grab a quick picture of myself in front of Weather radar

1655 – head back across the Mississippi and onward to home

1915 – Arrive at home. Goodness, I made good time driving back. The WyzeCams seem to be dropping out every once in a while, perhaps because the laptop is running low on space on the way back, but I do not stop to investigate. I just want to get home given the delicate state of my digestive tract.

2030 – Time to call it a day. And a good day it was. It seems the afjustments that I made in response to the to do list from the first shakedown cruise have been effective. I did not test the camera mounts but have a pretty good idea that I need to adjust the friction on the I pistol grip for the DSLR camera.

20210406 – Murphy’s Law of Central air-conditioning

There seems to be an old established rule about central air conditioning: if there is a three day heat spell in April, the air conditioning will break down on the next to the last day and then not be needed until the month of May.

There seems to be an old established rule about central air conditioning: if there is a three day heat spell in April, the air conditioning will break down on the next to the last day and then not be needed until the month of May.

20180511 – CHASE2018- Day 1

11:02 AM – depart office promptly

11:45 AM – Depart from I-355, entering I-55 southbound. Drove through a brief call shower.

12:28 PM – Passed by Dwight, Illinois. Just saw a northbound Amtrak train heading to Chicago. Feels very like in my childhood memory of travel between Rockford and Monmouth, Illinois. The family used to travel US 34. We used to see many trains along that route. (Sorry, no picture, as I am in traffic.)

Traffic has slowed to a crawl. Seems there is some roadwork or a police action of a head up ahead.
“Work zone speed limit 55 mph.” (Actual speed 24, but it has been 10 mph for the last 10 minutes. Do the math!)  And there they are: those people who see the merge signs for the last 2 miles and wait to the last minute to join traffic because they think that the rest of us are stupid and will let them in. And it only takes one generous person to make them right. Now four lanes have become two lanes, one northbound one southbound. The southbound lanes of I-55 or being revealed re-built. (76.3 miles into the trip)

12:49 PM – Left the construction zone at exit 201, Continuing south on I 55. Detour signs indicating the delay was about 13 minutes with results. That feels about right. (Around Pontiac, Illinois)

1:03 PM – South of Pontiac, Illinois. It is wonderfully flat and open near here. This is prime central Illinois chase country. You can see all the way to the Verizon in almost every direction. And the landscape is almost completely free of distractions, except for the occasional microwave, cellular, or radio tower. There are power lines in the distance. A few scattered trees, I’m really not much here. Basically a blank canvas on which to paint a memory. (Tried to take a picture here, it was cut in half the long horizontal. What’s up with that?)  I have moved far enough south that I have left the 60°F weather in Chicago and I’m surrounded by 80°F temperatures.

1:36PM – stopped at rest area south of Bloomington-Normal, to stretch my legs, visit the restroom, and grab a light snack. Leving the Illinois pollination exhibit behind, By-bye busy little bee!

1:48 PM – Departed rest stop. Continuing south to St. Louis

2:02 PM – Passing the NWS weather radar at Lincoln Illinois (KILX).  It is approximately the midpoint between Chicago and St. Louis along interstate 55.

2:24 PM – travel note: 555 mile post 104 is the location of a rest area on the southbound traffic. This is a little closer to the midpoint of the Chicago St. Louis leg of the journey.

3:24 PM – Just outside St. Louis. Traffic has crawled to a near halt due to construction. We are
grinding along and about 20 miles an hour. Looks like the right lane is closed ahead. We are just south of Worden.

3:37 PM – Exited the construction zone. Very lucky to only have two delays in Illinois. On certain past trips I had 50 miles of construction; this time wasn’t so bad.

4:10 PM – Welcome to Missouri. Took I-255 across to I_44 and beyond. Definitely better than going downtown during rush hour. Temperature here is 91°F. It is like summer! I am loving every minute of it.

5:40 PM- fuel/bathroom/food stop at Roll, Missouri.

8:08 PM – Arrived at Motel 6 North, Springfield, Missouri. Feeling tired but very happy. So THIS is what vacation feels like, I had almost forgotten! Unpacked the van then went to sleep (gently). Zzzzzzz.

TODAY’S ROUTE: 499.3 miles as shown below (map courtesy of DeLorme Street Atlas 2014):

 

20180510 – Nebraska, You’re calling my name!

Today, I’m working my last full day before vacation.

The good news: the atmosphere is NOT stalled out, but storms are happening.
The bad news: I’m hundreds of mile away, and can only admire them from afar.

That beautiful tight ENHANCED blob will provide entertain for somebody. Just not me.

#GoodHunting to those of you who can get there. Take good pictures, please!

A brief seasonal introduction

Howdy!

My name is Lisa Beal. I’ll be touring with Tempest for my 15th trip this year. Where has the time gone!

I’m nearing retirement, but still have plenty of energy for storm days. I’ll need it: I usually carry a hefty assortment of gadgets, earning the name Gadget Girl on tours past.

I live in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, in Bolingbrook, Illinois, and I work as an IT middleware engineer (that means I make big servers go, go, go). Like my buddy, Owen, I’m tied to a keyboard most of my waking hours — and sometimes those hours run really long. To maintain my sanity, I will NOT be answering calls from work on vacation. Would you?

My typical chase-cation starts with a drive to Oklahoma city, usually with a stopover near friends on the way. And I take about 3 days to get home afterwards, if severe weather is around for chasing. I have a dedicated chase vehicle (“Gadgetmobile II“, as the first one was gracefully retired in 2007), and like chase in groups, with a friend or two, or solo. “Gadgetmobile III” is coming soon, probably at the end of the model year (and, yes, I’m leaning toward SUV for the next one).

I’ll be arriving in Oklahoma City on the Saturday evening before the trip so if anyone is wanting to explore locally, let me know!Usually, I make a trip to WalMart on the Sunday before departure, and it is pretty usual to have 2-3 others with me for that store run. let me know if you need to do that.
Text me … to connect for that store run, a lunch or dinner on Sunday, etc. I welcome the company.

II cannot say enough good things about the Tempest crew, especially Bill Reid. He is the storm whisperer, and has put me in front of at least 30 of the tornadoes I’ve seen, among the 50 total I’ve seen. Bill is also an excellent photographer. Don’t be shy if you need camera advice. His his very solid advice.

I will be blogging each evening (or early the next morning) after each chase day. Look for updates at
http://www.underthethunder.org/blog/2018/05/
(once I set it up, in the next few days) . I’ll also be posting (after the fact) to Facebook &/or Twitter. I’m user polarpal99 on both.

See you soon!
lisaB

Amateur Astronaut Checklist – 2015 edition

Every year my gadget collection evolves, as gear wears out or needs a technology refresh to keep up with new capabilities in the field.  The following checklist (and its predecessors) have been my constant companion for over 10 years:

The ever-evolving checklist, obviously technology-driven
The ever-evolving checklist, obviously technology-driven (click to enlarge)

Without the list, I’d be rushing off on certain mornings, only to return to the motel where I’d left a key piece of gear.

I learned the lesson years ago when a member of the tour staff left an expensive camera in Norfolk, Nebraska.  We returned several days later to collect the missing camera, but only after frantic phone calls and changes to our positioning strategy to allow the return. While the camera had been turned over to the local police department, it could have just have easily disappeared.  After witnessing the anguish suffered by my chase companion, I decided not to repeat his experience. Thus, the list was born.

10 May 2014 – To the Field

0530 – alarm goes off. “This is vacation?”

0600 – airport limo arrives. 1 passenger and four bags to O’Hare.

0644 – Arrive at O’Hare. My driver, Chip (short for Chiprian, a classic Romanian first name) helps me unload, runs my credit card ($56) for the fare, accepts my tip — I always try to do cash, because it is more helpful to drivers, as a rule — and I roll off to check two of my bags.

0700 – After a bit of fumbling and stumbling, my bags are checked in. I was so tired I almost left my boarding pass at the check-in kiosk! The upside: I got a TSA pre-pass. Not having to unpack my laptop, remove my shoes, etc. is really helpful in the pre-coffee hours of the morning.

0930 – we board the plane for OKC.

1015 – Tons of cumulus humilis are bubbling up to my west.

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1115 – We lower to 5,000 feet, where we get a good look at the read clay soil of Oklahoma. The haze to the west clearly shows lot of moisture in the air.

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1120 – Wheels down at Will Rogers Airport in OKC.

1200 – I arrive at the Holiday Inn as the local tornado sirens blare under blue skies. Is this a typical Saturday lunch signal, a personal welcome, or wild coincidence.  I choose to take it as a good omen that our chase team will have a successful journey.  I text Louise to alert her to her arrival; she replies that she’ll be down to the lobby in about ten minutes.

1210 – Louise Anderson and I meet for the first time.  She is a quiet person with a bit of a Mona Lisa smile and a gentle demeanor.  We chat for a moment.  She’s had lunch already, but I’m  famished.  She decides to tag along while I grab a bite to eat at a nearby Subway sandwich shop to the west.

1254 – I grab a quick BLT footlong, thinking we will be going out toward El Reno to find the Twistex Team Memorial. When I mention that I also want to stop at a good camera shop Louise suggest we doubled back to the hotel so we can get her camera. I gladly agree, because it makes good sense to have your camera along with when you go shopping for accessories. We double back.

1320 (est.): We depart the hotel for El Reno, cameras in hand.

1350 (est.) – We exit I-40, southbound. We wander around just within a 2 mile radius of US 81 sticking mostly so the roads west of US81. We based our advice on a news article on channel 9, which as it turns out had east and west mixed up. We spent probably an hour wandering around looking for the memorial. We finally mosied up to a Days Inn and ask for directions.

1505 (est.) – We finally find the memorial, just east of the corner of Reuter and Radio Roads (approximately N35.479035, W97.898345).

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Louise and I feel a strange mix of emotions. We’ve successfully found this treasure (despite a bit of misdirection from the Channel 9 video about the location being two miles west of US81, when it is east of that highway). We are also on the most hallowed ground of the storm chaser community.

Three of the most respected storm researchers to ever tail twisters lost their lives here.  This location is somewhat desolate,  with only the hum of tires from I-40 (a mile and a half to the north) to tie the place to civilization; it seems like an especially lonely place to die.  Here, there are wreaths, flowers, a “pocket tornado” novelty, various chaser knick-knacks and some jagged pieces of automotive plastic that hint at the brutal pounding the chase team’s Chevy Cobalt must have endured.  It is a very sobering reminder of how dangerous it is to chase storms.  It is a tribute to the dedication of Tim Samaras, Paul Samaras, and Carl Young to better understanding of severe weather.

Team Twistex Memorial (approximately N35.479035, W97.898345)
Team Twistex Memorial (approximately N35.479035, W97.898345)

1520 (est.) – We depart the Team Twistex Memorial.

1545 (approx.) – We arrive at Yukon. After a few minutes of wandering about, we visit Hank Baker at Baker Photo & Video. Hank runs a really well-equipped Canon/Nikon photo store (though he carries a few other brands). It has become my new Oklahoma home for photo equipment, to cover lost or damaged equipment, and hopefully some new gear someday soon. Hank always greeted us as if we were his long-lost friends or best neighbors, which is another good reason to shop there. Louise and I only picked up a couple of small items (lens cap keeper, UV filter, and various odds and ends). We may not spend as much money as some of his best customers, but he always treats us is if we were his #1 customers walking through the door. Such is the camaraderie amongst storm chasers.

1617 – We depart Yukon, re-entering eastbound I-40.  While looking for the location of the Sam’s Club, I look down at the wrong moment.  Suddenly the car is centered on an exit ramp for the Kirkpatrick Turnpike.  Embarrassed, I ask Louise if she has 35 cents change.  After the first convenience store stop of the tour, I’d already have an inconvenient supply of quarters and dimes, but it’s too soon.  Fortunately, she has change.  A quick Jordanesque dunk shot at the toll gate, and we’re off! We wander east on US66/OK66 (“The Mother Road”) and duck south on McArthur Boulevard to the Sam’s (which is a block south of I-40 on the frontage road). I wonder, “Do they have big box stores in Australia?”

1722 – We pick up some protein bars and a $13 tub of single use laundry soap packets to cover everybody’s laundry needs on the trip.  I savor the 90-degree temperature, as it is so welcome to me after the brutal 2013-2014 winter in  Chicago.  “This Chicago winter was the 3rd snowiest and coldest winter on record,” I explain as we put our purchases in the car. We do a bit of mental math: this would be about a 32C temperature. Hot indeed!

1830 – Louise and I meet Owen in the lobby. After a few minutes, we arrive at Charleston’s a favorite American-style eatery just a few blocks south of the hotel. Owen orders a huge, inviting full rack of ribs, Louise choose a nice beef filet, and I opt for the prime ribs (medium rare, if you please!). We order an artichoke and chips appetizer plus the nacho/queso/salsa combination, not realizing what generous servings we’re getting.  The appetizers arrive and we dig into them enthusiastically. Good eatin’! Once we start the tour, a sit down dinner will be a rarity, so we seize the moment. It is “the last supper” that most chasers embrace before a string of dinners at small town McDonald’s and gas station sandwich displays.

2026 – Depart Charleston’s. Man, am I stuffed! We carry several styrofoam — or polystyrene, if you’re British , like Owen — buckets of left over chips, queso and salsa. We head to a Super Walmart to pick up some provisions for the trip.  Once we reach the tiny town motels along our journey, the last trace of big city luxury might be the travel size bottle of a favorite shampoo (versus the bland generic shampoo at the motel).

2119 – We depart WalMart.  We arrive at the hotel, decide to gift the third shift desk clerk of nacho leftovers, and head off to our rooms for a good night’s sleep.

 

 

 

 

 

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