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DAY #3: Boom or bust
04 May 2003
Altus, OK - Denton, TX
|CHASE LOG||1000: Depart Altus, OK.|
1030: I do not feel so alone regarding my technical problems. Around Vernon, TX (where we left US 283 for US 287 east to Wichita Falls), Bill and Martin had a running conversation about cell phone signal problems. Martin has a consistent 4-bar signal and Bill's phone is struggling to connect, showing a wavering 1- to 3-bar signal as we charge eastward.
1130: We look for a place to eat in Wichita Falls, but the place Martin picks already has a long wait. We move on.
1223: We continue SE through Jolly and Henrietta on US 287 from Wichita Falls, toward an area of moisture convergence that Martin sees on the net.
1316: We think about eating at The Center in Muenster, TX, but blow on by Martin when we see the parking lot is full. (Sorry, Martin: the sauerbraten will have to wait on a day like today). We are beginning to get into a Cu field we saw from 20 minutes north of here. Yellow boxes are going up north and east of here in KS/OK. We settle for Whataburgers in Gainesville.
1420: We move east, trying to keep ahead of developing tCu.
2hrs until sunset: We sat at US 377 & Navo Rd. N. of Denton, hoping for late cold advection aloft, but it never came.
"Bustola Cola" is the drink of the hour (but a margarita later will ease the pain).
ROUTE: Altus > S. US 283 > E. US287 (Vernon,TX) > Gainesville > Sherman > W. US82 > Whitesboro > S. US377 > US377 & Navo Rd. (N. of Denton;stayed here 2 hrs) > US 377 & US380 > S. TX 288 > I-35E (Denton, TX)
Per the morning briefing, a large HIGH RISK area is over the hilly, heavily wooded areas
of AR/MO called "The Jungles" in southern Plains chaser speak.. Luckily for
us, the moderate risk area extended into north Texas, so that's what we'll play today.|
As we rolled down the line toward Wichita Falls, Martin checked the SPC discussions and detailed models and found a 0-1km SRH values are running very high in our area.
|MODELS||No model data captured, due to laptop problems. See other remarks.|
|MEALS & HOTEL||MEALS:|
BREAKFAST: Days Inn (Altus,OK) - "No stars" applies. We had a less-than-continental breakfast. The motel had two kiddy cereals, an assortment of junk food pastries. Juices and milk were stored in a small 'cube fridge' and when they ran out that was it. I didn't even risk the coffee. I hang onto the hope for a better lunch.
LUNCH: Whataburger (TX) - xxx
SUPPER: Texas Roadhouse (600 S. I-35 East(?), Denton, TX) - I ordered the Beef K-Bob and a 46oz. peach margarita.
MOTEL: Super 8 (610 S. I-35 East, Denton, TX)
my laptop adapter at home by accident is turning out to be a nearly crippling
mistake. It looks like I will have to do most of my computing on the
road and save the fully charged laptop for evening email/chase log transmits and morning model runs.
STORM REPORTS for this historic day are at http://www.spc.noaa.gov/climo/reports/030504_rpts.html.
Here's the graphic:
NOTE: Lots of people busted today, but some 'hit the big one':
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