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01 May 2013 – CHASE 2013 – DAY 1

01 May 2013 – CHASE 2013 – DAY 1 – Oklahoma and Texas

06:15 – Wake; morning chores;; pack bags

07:30 – Drop bags at Holiday Inn; return rental car

08:00 – Return to Wyngate via shuttle; eat breakfast.

08:30 – Walk to Holiday Inn; meet other chasers; do introductions and safety briefing,

10:30 – Pack vans, grab cameras and head for Wichita Falls , TX then toward Abilene.

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12:50 – Rest stop then lunch 20 minutes later (just north of Wichita Falls, TX).

13:20 – Continue southwest from Wichita Falls on US277.

15:12 – stop at Munday for bathrooms, fuel, food. Continue southeast

17:15 – turn back north from Albany on US283. Storms with 55,000 foot have developed along I44 in southern OK, with the line spreading into our area. We are in a severe storm watch box.

18:00 – sky stop. We see a storm with a hard back sheared, take photos as it evolves.

20130501-135701.jpg18:30 – depart south on US283 as the cold outflow breeze of the storm invades.

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Air being pulled up into the storm

Air being pulled up into the storm, near Throckmorton, TX, 01 May 2013

19:35 – we duck south, bit by bit, trying to keep out of monster (2.5-inch or larger) hail. At one point we can to the hail roar of the storm. (Hail roar is the sound of large hail hitting the ground, cars, rooftops, etc. It can sound like thunder only it can last for minutes at a time.)

 

20:30 – We stop west of Albany,TX, where we witness a spectacular display of spider lightning. I have embarrassing camera issues here, because I miss a control setting. Our team leader helps me figure it out, but I miss the best part of the lightning. To add insult to injury, the Storm Prediction Center indicates an unfavorable weather pattern (for storm chasers) for at least three days. I feel terribly frustrated.

Still, I captured a little bit:

Spider Lightning,

Spider Lightning, 01 May 2013, just west of Albany, TX

22:30 – We depart for our hotel after a fast food dinner at the Dairy Queen in Fort Griffin.

23:00 – We check into The Ridge Motel in Breckinridge,TX.
23:46 – turn in for the night. I’m exhausted physically and emotionally.

01 May 2012 – The Way Home

  • 0700 – wake, shower
  • 0730 – breakfast
  • 0830 – depart Altus, OK; go S to US287
  • ???? – turn onto TX114 for DFW Airport
  • 1230 – say farewells
  • 1600 – leave Dallas on UA3451 for Chicago (ORD) – plane delayed 42 minutes
  • 1915 – Arrive in Chicago
  • 2100 – (approximate) arrive at home, safe and sound

CASUALTIES OF TRAVEL: One pair of leather shoes (sole split) and a dead notebook (hopefully just an ‘old battery’ issue)

30 April 2012 – PRELIMINARY – DAY 10 – The 5% Solution

  • 0700 – wake up; shower
  • 0900 – breakfast
  • Some chaser humor: “portions of west Texas and the Texas panhandle were severely damaged by last night’s storms, as shown on the map below”

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  • Sir Richard Pell, Earl of Waffles (no relation to the Earl of Sandwich) posed with one of his famed breakfast creations. “Brilliant!”

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  • 1030 – meet at van
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    Inverted T feature

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    Photos of my logbook entries for the day:
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    28 April 2012 – DAY 8 – Slight risk, High Tension

    I am still trying to process the emotions of the day.

    One person in the group has become so selfish, loud, vulgar, and arrogant that I have had waking fantasies of dragging him behind the van as we race into a hailstorm on a gravel road.

    Another lost his wallet (and I feel terrible for him, especially because he is a talented and wonderful person).

    I even feel a little down because my netbook is dead, one of my shoes is held together with duct tape.

    And we did not see any severe storms, I feel disappointed that after tomorrow the tour is done. I fear having nothing to show for the money I spent.

    Photographs of my chase log notes follow:

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    Travel: ??? miles

    17 May 2011- Meanwhile, 300 miles away…

    17 May 2011 – DRAFT

    Low Risk, High Carb start for the day

    Low Risk, High Carb start for the day

    Greetings from Childress, home of the Texas-shaped waffle!

    “Greetings from Childress, home of the Texas-shaped waffle!” (You can get Wyoming-shaped waffles ANYWHERE, Mike Bettes!)

    (more TBD)

     

    Our route for the day took us from Childress, Texas, across the Oklahoma panhandle, to southwest Kansas, ending at Liberal, Kansas:

    Even though we didn’t see storms, the Weather Channel crew documents the day.  Here, Jim Cantore interviews Williaam Reid, our tour leader, about the events of day:

    On the whole, the day was disappointing, as storms near Fort Morgan, Colorado did produce tornadoes.  These were too far from us for us to reach.  Until chase forecasts include the ability to foresee the future, the 2-target chase day will be a coin toss.

    (more TBD)

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    CHASE2004 SEASON SUMMARY

    CHASE2004 SEASON SUMMARY

    CHASE 2004 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

    STOP

    MILES
    REMARKS
    06 Mar 2004
    Saturday
    Bolingbrook
    IL
    – Wheaton
    IL

    Advanced Spotter Training (DuPage EMA)
    17 Mar 2004
    Wednesday
    Bolingbrook
    IL
    – Plainfield
    IL

    Basic Spotter Training (BARS,PRL)
    03 Apr 2004
    Saturday
    Bolingbrook
    IL
    – Batavia
    IL

    FermiLab Weather Seminar (w/Tom Skilling)

    GREAT/SOUTHERN PLAINS CHASES
    To keep the look and feel of supercell storms fresh in my mind
    CHASE #1
    TEMPEST TOURS (commercial tour)
    10 days – 4797 chase miles, 8 people
    [Flag-USA]
    UK flag
    Japan  flag
    1. Lead vehicle (8): LEAD: Bill Reid (Westlake Village, CA;KG6FWX),
      DRIVER: Scott Weberpal (Janesville,WI);
      PASSENGERS: Lisa Beal (Bolingbrook, IL;KC9BST), Heather Taluba (NJ),
      Jack Bolo (Burlington, NC)
      , Joel Emilio (S.CA), Dustin Aldridge (S.CA), Samantha McGrath (Bristol, UK)
    2. Part-time lead vehicle (Day 2) (2): Martin Lisius [days ??-??] (Arlington,TX;KC5TQI), Erin Brown (TX)
    3. Media guests (Days3-4) (2): Fuji TV (Mashu, Ken)
    4. Nearby chasers: Blake Naftel, Keith Brown, Kinney Adams, Chris Kridler
    DATE
    DAY
    START

    STOP

    MILES
    REMARKS
    27 April 2004
    Tuesday Bolingbrook IL -Dallas TX

    PROLOGUE
    28 April 2004
    Wednesday Bolingbrook IL -Abilene TX
    183 TRAVEL: Check-in; meet the team; chase/position
    29 April 2004
    Thursday Abilene
    TX
    -Wichita Falls
    TX

    415

    DAY #01: Making the most of a so-so day
    30 April 2004
    Friday Wichita Falls
    TX
    -Temple TX

     

    425
    DAY #02: Mo Wind, Mo Better
    01 May 2004
    Saturday Temple
    TX -Fort Worth TX

     

    242
    DAY #03: An Outside Chance for a Storm
    02 May 2004
    Sunday Fort Worth
    TX -Springfield
    MO

     

    565
    DAY #04: Missouri Misery!
    03 May 2004
    Monday Springfield
    MO
    -Nevada
    MO

     

    95
    DAY #05: Stockton Revisited
    04 May 2004
    Tuesday Nevada
    MO -Altoona
    IA

     

    426
    DAY #06: Re-positioning Day
    05 May 2004
    Wednesday Altoona
    IA -Fairmont
    MN 558
    DAY #07: Capped in Dakota
    06 May 2004
    Thursday
    Fairmont
    MN -Clinton
    IA

     

    368
    DAY #08: Curses, capped again!
    07 May 2004
    Friday Clinton
    IA – ?
    ??
    ???
    DAY #09:
    08 May 2004
    Saturday ?
    ?? – ?
    ??
    ???
    DAY #10:
    09 May 2004 Sunday ? ?? -Arlington TX ??? RETURN FROM FIELD

    CHASE #2:
    PRIVATE TOUR
    3 days – 2664 miles, 4 people

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    UK flag

      1. LEAD:  Scott Weberpal (Janesville,WI); PASSENGERS: Lisa Beal (Bolingbrook, IL;KC9BST), Heather (NJ),
        Samantha (Bristol, UK)
      2. Nearby chasers: Tempest Tours (tour #2; Bill Reid, Chris Gullickson), Jim Leonard, many others

     

     

    DATE
    DAY
    START

    STOP

    MILES
    REMARKS
    09 May 2004 Sunday Arlington
    TX
    -Wichita
    KS
    374
    TRAVEL TO FIELD: (TBD)
    10 May 2004 Monday Wichita
    KS
    -Limon
    CO
    481
    DAY #01: Limon Mini-Outbreak (coming soon!).
    See Scott Weberpal’s photos from Limon for now.
    11 May 2004 Tuesday Limon
    CO
    -Norfolk
    NE
    499
    DAY #02: Bustola!
    12 May 2004 Wednesday Norfolk
    NE
    Kansas City
    MO
    798
    DAY #03: Attica Attacker
    13 May 2004 Thursday Kansas City
    MO
    -Bolingbrook
    IL
    512 TRAVEL: Long Road Home
    14 May 2004 Friday Bolingbrook IL EPILOGUE

    IL/IN CHASES/SPOTTING:
    Storms in the ‘hood!
    DATE
    DAY
    START

    STOP

    MILES
    REMARKS
    01 March 2004
    Monday Bolingbrook
    IL



    A very early start to the season, with 68mph winds in Huntley, severe hail in DeKalb, and an unconfirmed tornado in south central Wisconsin.
    20 April 2004 Tuesday Bolingbrook
    IL
    Crown Point
    IN
    Follow-up trip to surgeon! As I was driving away from home, tornado warnings went up. As this happened during our normal ARES net drill, it took me a moment to use NOAA WX radio to confirm this was real. Utica, IL knew it was no drill! See a Utica photo gallery, NWS/LOT’s summary and a related ARRL article for more.


    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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