Tuesday, May 17, 2011
I am a storm spotter for the college that I work at. I recently participated in a 10-day Earth Science: Thunderstorm Lab (storm chasing) class. We had two days of chasing thunderstorms and 8 days of chasing sunshine! For a newbie to storm chasing, seeing one storm was pretty exciting! And I thoroughly enjoyed the remaining days of "vacation" in the sunshine! But, to the veteran chasers, the trip was disappointing.
Charting weather maps - yeah, computers can do this, but I learned a lot by doing this manually!
Storm chasers have a sense of humor. BTW, EF stands for "Enhanced Fujita," the definitive scale for estimating wind speeds within tornadoes based upon the damage caused by the tornado.
Tunnel and anvil clouds.
SCUD clouds - scattered cumulus under deck clouds. Sometimes these are mistakenly reported as funnel clouds to the weather service by spotters. Our professor made sure that we would never do that!
The calm after the storm. Sunset on the back side of the storm cloud and our rolling meteorology laboratory.
San Antonio Riverwalk - my sister, Peg and niece, Kimberly, drove down from Houston to meet me in San Antonio. We spent an afternoon and evening walking the Riverwalk, taking a gondola guided tour, seeing the sights, and having dinner together. I thought our class was going to stop in Houston and go to the NASA Space Center, where Peg & Kim were going to join me. But, when you live the life of a nomad, you go where the wind chases you! So, we bypassed Houston and went on to San Antonio. Peg said she was glad, because she got to see more of San Antonio.
The Alamo, San Antonio
San Fernando Cathedral, San Antonio
Admiral Nimitz Museum, Fredricksburg, TX
The only tornadoes that I saw the entire trip! No, neither one of these is on me!
Typically, when I travel somewhere, I fly to my destination. After this 10-day road trip, I think I will consider more road trips! This was fascinating!
Storm chasing recap --
# of severe storms - 0
# of tornado sitings - 2!! (The tattoos my two roomies got!)
# of new friends - 17
Trip of a lifetime - priceless!