Tornado to our west. We (blue circle) are just east of the velocity couplet (red/yellow pair)
After several days of hunting, we caught a storm with a tornado. I took it as a good omen when we crossed paths with the TWIRL Project armada in North Platte. (photos coming here soon). We alos bumped into Reed Timmer while we were parked during the tornado.
I could not see it with the naked eye, and I was shooting with my GoPro cameras (neither of which has a viewing screen, to save on battery life). My Canon video camera has a ‘stuck’ zoom control, so it is basically useless for the rest of this trip, unless I get time and resources to repair it somehow. (Not likely I’ll have either).
I think at least one GoPro captured the nearby lightning strikes that froze everybody in their tracks. I’ll know once I copy the video to my external hard drive for review.
19 May 2016 – A positioning day. We move north, in preparation for the weekend’s storms. We stop at the Guadalupe Peak overlook, Carlsbad,NM, and Roswell,NM. Many aliens seen.
(photos to be added later)
We end at Raton,NM, just south of the Colorado-New Mexico border.
20 May 2016 – We continue north on a second positioning day. We end up in Limon,CO, after a photo stop at an abandoned house, one of Bill Reid’s favorite activities on a down day.
21 May 2016 – Win e had a difficult choice: western Kansas, where storms would fire early and likely be a messy, disorganized cluster OR go for a later show near Chugwater, WY.
We chose the latter and busted bigtime. Such is life.
22 May 2016 – We will likely be in central Nebraska, only a short distance from our hotel.
More later. 7 minutes to pack, load the vans, and start our daily briefing.
All the bags are packed, and all but one of them are in the van, as I need some things out of that bag in the morning.
Here is a look at the evening checklist:
All things are in good order except I cannot find my sunglasses. So, big deal! I will buy a new pair. I have probably just missed placed them somewhere around the house. Nothing to worry about.
I am trying to get a good nights sleep, as I have an early start on my workday.
It also looks like I might see some storms sometime tomorrow if I can get an early start from work (around noon, let’s say).
Depending upon what the models project in the morning, I may be taking off from Chicago, passing through Western Illinois, and shooting across the top tier of Missouri on US 36, perhaps sending up someplace like Kansas City or Wichita for the evening.
I will refine my target for the day based on my departure time and the expected time storms will go up.