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Storm Chasing Photos

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!

  
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ALLBW2U 5/22/2011 4:18AM

    Very cool, Nancy. Very cool!! We just had some great storms a week ago here in the SE part of WA state. My daughter loves storms....she would be jealous of your trip. Thanks for sharing with all of us!!

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MRSKOTARSKI 5/19/2011 11:16AM

    Sounds fun!

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KLPEFFERS 5/19/2011 8:56AM

    That's really quite cool! I love thunder and lightning storms. Some of my best memories as a kid were sitting with my granny on the portch during a strom. Such amazing power and awe! Very cool thanks for sharing that with us!

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ANGELOO29 5/19/2011 8:26AM

    Sounds like a great field experience! My brother wants to be a storm chaser - has wanted to since he was a little kid. He's almost a Junior in HS now...

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TEENY_BIKINI 5/19/2011 8:21AM

    Holy smokes! That really is so cool. I find it so fascinating that you are a storm spotter.

Great pics too. Thanks for being so interesting :)

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MCSNYDER1 5/18/2011 7:49PM

    Great pictures, Nancy!

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HOLLIHOCK6 5/18/2011 3:26PM

    Should have been in Alabama on 04/27/2011. A weather day to never forget. Look at this page if you get a chance.

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ffc
/?n=20110427_svrstorms




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HEALTHDUDE 5/18/2011 10:36AM

    Sounds fun Nanc!

I saw a tornado (up close) when I was a kid. It scared the sh!t out of me. I saw the damage later and was amazed.

There's nothing like good ole mother nature to set your head right.

T

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CHELLEJOBEAN 5/18/2011 8:22AM

    Great blog! If you get to come back to the great state of Texas, I hope two things happen. One, you come by and I will make you some chili and cornbread, and two, you get to chase some better action. Of course I would prefer that weather, not by in my backyard!

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JMERLAU 5/18/2011 7:25AM

    Very Cool Nancy!! SO glad I got to meet you in person while you were on the lam!



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IUHRYTR 5/17/2011 11:51PM

    Pretty exciting. Enjoyed the photos. Keep us updated. -- Lou

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BTWCOACH 5/17/2011 10:01PM

    Very cool Nancy!!!!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 5/17/2011 4:33PM

    That is to cool Nan! i am glad that you had fun, even if you didnt get to see a tornado in the sky. the ones on the bods are pretty cute!

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YATMAMA 5/17/2011 3:53PM

    That is SO cool!!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 5/17/2011 1:04PM

    WOW! What a great BLOG! That was so interesting! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NWLIFESRC 5/17/2011 12:56PM

    Cool pics would like to do something like that someday

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The meaning of life...

Monday, April 18, 2011



You know that you are spending too much time on the computer when you don't think this joke is funny!

  
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CHRISTINECAN 5/12/2011 8:51PM

    Very cute!

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TEENY_BIKINI 5/12/2011 8:46PM

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GETFITTER7 5/1/2011 10:50AM

    emoticon emoticon
A lot of people would be "lost" with out their computer.


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FITFABME 4/22/2011 4:21PM

    Not all answers are found in a Google search either, are they? Your whale story really drives that home!

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IUHRYTR 4/21/2011 7:45PM

    Or the meaning of life could be "Wi-fi"! emoticon -- Lou

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YATMAMA 4/18/2011 5:27PM

    LOL!

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LESLIES537 4/18/2011 4:39PM

    emoticon LOL...That's a good one!

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GRITS46 4/18/2011 3:10PM

    Love cartoons -- this is a great one!

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 4/18/2011 12:30PM

  hahahaha..simply adorable!! thanks for posting it. :)

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1HOTMAMA2BE 4/18/2011 10:04AM

    Thanks for the chuckle this fine Monday morning! emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 4/18/2011 9:59AM

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BTWCOACH 4/18/2011 9:53AM

    hahahahaha! Good one, Nancy!

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Dilbert on Exercise

Friday, March 25, 2011



Your grin for the day! Have a Spark-tabulous weekend!

  
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RAD062010 4/18/2011 9:34AM

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TEENY_BIKINI 4/4/2011 7:10PM

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GETFITTER7 4/2/2011 3:54PM

    Cute... emoticonlove the hairstyles! "Sparktabulous" week to you too!

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ALLBW2U 3/26/2011 2:25AM

    Greetings, Nancy.

I was hoping that scientists would say that it is hot fudge sundaes that make your brain work harder. Rats!! So much for trying to implement that theory.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend....Bill

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DARINGR8LY 3/25/2011 11:20PM

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PURPLELVR7 3/25/2011 10:16PM

    LOL

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KRITTERKEEPERS 3/25/2011 6:52PM

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DIANE7786 3/25/2011 6:38PM

    Cute! I love Dilbert.

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IUHRYTR 3/25/2011 4:43PM

    Love the pointy-haired boss. emoticon -- Lou

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YATMAMA 3/25/2011 3:42PM

    lol!!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/25/2011 1:31PM

    Gotta love it!!! emoticon

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GRACEFULIFE 3/25/2011 12:35PM

    Haha, gotta love the PHB.

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STYLEPLUSGRACE 3/25/2011 12:01PM

    LOL cute post

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A Whale of a Story

Wednesday, March 23, 2011



If you read a recent front page story of the San Francisco Chronicle, you would have read about a female humpback whale who had become entangled in a spider web of crab traps and lines. She was weighted down by hundreds of pounds of traps that caused her to struggle to stay afloat. She also had hundreds of yards of line rope wrapped around her body, her tail, her torso and a line tugging in her mouth. A fisherman spotted her just east of the Farallon Islands (outside the Golden Gate) and radioed an environmental group for help. Within a few hours, the rescue team arrived and determined that she was so bad off, the only way to save her was to dive in and untangle her. They worked for hours with curved knives and eventually freed her.

When she was free, the divers say she swam in what seemed like joyous circles. She then came back to each and every diver, one at a time, and nudged them, pushed them gently around as she was thanking them.

Some said it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lives. The guy who cut the rope out of her mouth said her eyes were following him the whole time, and he will never be the same.

May you and all those you love be so blessed and fortunate to be surrounded by people who will help you get untangled from the things that are binding you. And, may you always know the joy of giving and receiving gratitude. I pass this on to you, my Spark family & friends, in the same spirit.
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PS - This was an email that was forwarded to me the other day. I changed the last paragraph to make it Spark-appropriate. I just checked Snopes.com. This is a true story and a real photo, but the photo is not related to this story. Here's the link to the Snopes.com report. www.snopes.com/photos/animals/whalet
hanks.asp

  
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FROSTIERACES 6/18/2011 4:50PM

    Thank you for posting this..and sharing it. I really needed to read this today :) btw...I hope you're doing well Shani...I haven't been to your page is way too long. Wonderful blog!

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CHRISTINECAN 5/12/2011 8:52PM

    Thank you so much for posting this. I did not see it anywhere else and it warmed my heart.

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FITFABME 4/22/2011 4:20PM

    Wow! And we think we're the most intelligent creatures? I'm not so sure...this should be required reading for all the remaining 'whalers' of the world, don't you think?



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PEARL-LADY 4/8/2011 10:08AM

    a wonderful story! good to share with others thankyou...

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HUZZAH39 3/31/2011 2:58PM

    How beautiful and true! Thank you so much for sharing!
Thanks Sherrey for directing us here!!

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KATHYJO56 3/29/2011 12:10PM

    This is such a beautiful story. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. emoticon

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JOANNS4 3/29/2011 7:44AM

    emoticonThank you for sharing it.


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SHARON10002 3/28/2011 10:30PM

    I remember reading about this when it happened. It truly is an amazing story. I would have loved to have been one of those divers.


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REM-CYCLES 3/26/2011 1:45PM

    It is still at the San Francisco SFGATE website:
http://www.sfgate.com/c
gi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/
12/14/HUMPY.TMP

A compressed URL for this is below
http://bit.ly/9TSxRA

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REM-CYCLES 3/26/2011 1:41PM

    Nancy - What an awesome story :) Very awesome - thank you much for posting this :)

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CINDYCHARLENE 3/26/2011 11:41AM

    Sherrey directed me to your blog. Thank you so much for sharing this story. It is not only beautiful but amazing. One can see how the environmentalists are so passionate about their jobs. Sometimes animals can give more thanks to humans than humans can. Hopefully however we will help just for the pure joy of helping.
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JUNEBUG150 3/26/2011 12:23AM

    What a beautiful story! Absolutely amazing! I got the post through GRITS46's blog. Thanks for sharing.

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FLEMIDG 3/26/2011 12:01AM

    What an awesome story. Thank's for sharing it.

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DEBIGENE 3/25/2011 4:22PM

    simply beautiful ... this was such a lovely article to share it brought tears to my eyes. God bless.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/25/2011 1:34PM

    All I can say is emoticon and praise the Lord!!!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 3/25/2011 12:30PM

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SJG1953 3/25/2011 1:16AM

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1COUNTRY_GAL 3/25/2011 12:05AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonFor sharing this! emoticonDiana:)
TY Missy for sharing and directing me!

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GRITS46 3/24/2011 4:33PM

    Saw your blog via WarriorGirl's friend feed! Awesome story -- thank you for sharing. I too am going to borrow and repost on Facebook later today. This message needs to get spread around the world!



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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/24/2011 3:50PM

    Oh, NANCY!!! THIS is such a TOUCHING story! I mean, WOW! Thank you so much for sharing it! I loved it! I'm glad Missy sent me your way, and I would have seen it anyway, but the timing just now was fantastic! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WARRIORGIRL9 3/24/2011 3:12PM

    Wow! That broughout tears to my eyes....beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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EWEINHISPASTURE 3/24/2011 2:06PM

    sweet!

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YATMAMA 3/24/2011 1:59PM

    Nancy, that is one of the most beautiful things I've read in a long, long time and I am stealing it. LOL I will credit you, of course, but I'm posting this to my blog and my FaceBook so that it will get as much exposure as possible. Your commentary about our lives is what wowed me, awed me, slayed me. You ROCK. I just LOVE your heart!!

*hugs*

Missy

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LUCKYDOGFARM 3/23/2011 8:23PM

    Wonderful Nancy! and I love the way you wove that in to our lives! very sweet!

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IUHRYTR 3/23/2011 5:42PM

    I believe every living animal knows when it is being helped. Such a kindness may not change the animal's basic instincts towards humans forever, but if only for a few moments, makes our contact with them something special. Enjoyed the story. Thanks. -- Lou

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JMERLAU 3/23/2011 3:10PM

    Awesome blog Nancy!

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BTWCOACH 3/23/2011 3:02PM

    Thanks for posting Nancy!!! This is great!
Molly


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EVRLNGFOO 3/23/2011 11:25AM

    what an awesome story! thanks for sharing!

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SARAH_HOPE 3/23/2011 11:15AM

    Beautiful story! Thank you for sharing!

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LESLIES537 3/23/2011 11:10AM

    I've got chills up and down my spine! What an amazing story! Thank you so much for sharing this! emoticon

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DARINGR8LY 3/23/2011 10:59AM

    Mercy I have tears in my eyes this was so beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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WALLAHALLA 3/23/2011 10:50AM

    What an inspirational story! Thank you for sharing.

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PAMGYM 3/23/2011 10:15AM

    Bravo emoticon

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Yoga Kitty

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Kitty doing downward facing dog - just wanted to make you smile!



Yoga kitty says: The key to inner health is inner peace.

  
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RAD062010 4/18/2011 9:34AM

    Love it

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SUGIRL06 3/23/2011 7:24AM

    Haha I had a blog like a year ago with the same exact title! I think I had the same picture too! LoL! Thanks for the smile today :)
~Ang

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PUDLECRAZY 3/23/2011 7:07AM

    Love it! I love to watch my dog and my cat do their yoga.... thanks for the cute pic and the smile this morning.

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FRAN0426 3/23/2011 4:05AM

    That kitty is flexable, wonder if part of it has to be kitty being closer to the ground.

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SUZANNE0606 3/23/2011 12:45AM

    Cute!!!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 3/23/2011 12:37AM

    how do people get their animals to do stuff like this? mine just lay around. the house animals anyway.

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ALLBW2U 3/23/2011 12:24AM

    So, Nancy.....you post sometimes about going to gentle yoga. Is it similar to the kitty picture....but with a pillow to put your forehead on? Wow. I had no idea.

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I probably wouldn't be able to get up off the floor for at least an hour after trying that move. Yikes.

Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday....Bill

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