Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Today's Game Plan: 5/29/2013


Well, it appears we"ll be playing a bit of chaser "Whack-A-Mole" today. Which means my target is going to be in continuous flux. As you can see, there's a wide area of severe weather that can play out today, all of it determined by a level of uncertainty due to possible cloud cover, dewpoint, and surface heating.

I do know I won't be following through on my original plan of south central NE and entering the risk area while tracking north. As you can see, the area has moved further south and to the west as of this AM. Thus making it just too far to reach by projected initiation time this afternoon.

I do however, feel I can continue with the first part of the journey South to IA on I35. However, once I get to the border, a gut check will need to take place as conditions may favor SE SD by that time.

I personally think things are going to work in favor taking a moderate approach and hanging in NW IA and see how things play out. I have my doubts that the show is all going to be as the Storm Prediction Center plays it out here.

I will be streaming later today as I finalize and approach my target area.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

5/29/2013 Moderate Risk


We'll be chasing tomorrow in the moderate risk area. Moving our way North for the Thursday show wherever initiation happens to occur. I'll be posting updates as time allows...

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Interesting Data.



Comparison of Radar Data of the May 3 1999 Moore Tornado and May 20 2013 Moore Tornado


View of May 20 2013 radar from Weather Underground with emphasis on Debris Ball


Moore Oklahoma Radar Animation

Here's a minute by minute radar animation from Weather Underground of the Moore Oklahoma tornado from touchdown to dissipation.



Really not much to say...

Moore Oklahoma gets clobbered again by an EF5 tornado.
 
Life will be forever changed for some...

There were casualties...

Children died...

There were heroes...

There will be sadness...

There will be anger...

There will be excuses...

There will be hand-wringing...

There will be time...

There will be memories...

There will be scars...

And there will continue to be nowhere to go,

When the next one comes.








Sunday, May 5, 2013

It's Time... Really.

I finally pulled the trigger today and said "Piss On Mother Nature." and loaded the truck with this year's batch of chase equipment.

Actually? loaded up the truck with last year's chase gear... What? ya think I'm rich or something? 







We're going stealth this year. Well, OK we were stealth last year too but, a couple of markers through the tinted rears hopefully will keep John Law off my back. Of course, five antennas on the vehicle won't help to mask anything. But I will say it is rather fun to have someone come whipping up along side of you with the intent to pass you at 80 or 90 miles an hour only to put the binders on when he/she sees the equipment in the front area.


This is of what I speak. Yes, the dashcam attached to the windshield gives the appearance of law enforcement speed measurement equipment but I'm not going to tell them it's just a garden variety HD video camera. The laptop adjacent to it also adds a certain enforcement feel when the adjacent lane catches a glimpse of it. It's always fun to see how long it takes for them to figure it out.
Small and portable is the word this season. Everything can be removed from the truck to assure security within a very short period of time. This also gives me the option to bring my equipment into another vehicle with little issue. The iPhone is what is used as an on-board hotspot to provide internet access to the laptop and any other devices needing access.
The radio on the right keeps me in contact with chasers using amateur radio frequencies. And to provide spotter reports to Skywarn. 
Same dash cam as last year. While it's not the best, it's certainly not the worst and I've been very happy with the performance to have it on board this season.
Here's the view from the drivers seat. Everything is viewable and accessible from here.
The laptop is the real workhorse of the entire system. It allows me to stream live dashcam video, monitor radar, provide location information, and access to the Internet for up to the minute forecast information. This may be it's last season. I'm finding that streaming on-board video is becoming more of a chore than it's worth. I'm going to continue to provide it for this season and then determine if it has any future. I'd love to continue it but, the costs are coming out of my own pocket and when it takes away from the actual chase to attend to streaming issues? well, it may be time to end it.


Thursday, May 2, 2013

5/2/2013 What. The. Hell?

15.5 inches of snow in Owatonna. I just wanted to make sure that was written down on record somewhere so when our society is burned to a cinder crisp from the impending nuclear strike by North Korea, the alien archeologists that come upon this will have a good chuckle...