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Day 129 Accountability
I'm back from storm chasing and back to my regularly scheduled accountability blog. While I was writing down what I was eating on my trip, I didn't record it daily because it was too hard using the smarter-than-me phone. I ate pre... Read more
Day 9 Storm chasing: saw several tornadoes!
Day 9 Storm chasing: My first tornado!
They say that the last day of storm chasing is magic. But the way Saturday started didn't look good. We started the day in Hays, KS doing meso analysis - mapping pressure, temperature, & winds by hand... Read more
Day 8 Storm chasing: Dust devil
Friday was a positioning day. We started the day at NCAR - National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO. We got a tour of the facility & one of their research airplanes. Very cool.
After having lunch in Boulder, we drove to Hays... Read more
Day 7 Storm chasing/sightseeing
Day 7 Storm chasing/sightseeing: Another sunny day with no storms on the horizon. Thursday morning, we returned to Garden of the Gods to do some more hiking. Then we went to the Rockies & Diamondbacks baseball game at Coors Stadium. The Rockies ... Read more
Day 6 Storm chasing/sightseeing
Day 6 Storm chasing/sightseeing: Yesterday, the weatherman said it was going to be a severe sunshine day! So off we went to sightsee again as we continued traveling north toward Colorado Springs.
The first stop was Capulin Volcano National ... Read more
Day 5 Storm chasing/sightseeing: Severe sunshine!
Day 5 Storm chasing: Tuesday was another "getting in position" day. We had severe sunshine in the Del Rio, TX area, so we started driving north toward Amarillo, TX. We stopped late in the afternoon at Palo Duro Canyon to commune with nature for... Read more
Day 4 Storm chasing/sightseeing
Day 4 Storm chasing: Yesterday we tried to chase a weak storm, but it fizzled out before we got there. So we did some sightseeing instead.
We passed through Langtry, TX & stopped at the Judge Roy Bean museum and a cactus garden. Then we to... Read more
11:30pm lightning show
Here's a 2-minute video of the lightning show I referred to in the Day 3 Storm chasing blog. If you can wait out the long seconds of darkness, you'll see some beautiful lightening. Toward the end, our driver reminds me not to steady myself again... Read more
Day 3 Storm chasing: our first severe storm!
Day 3 Storm chasing: Disclaimer - this is my personal experience as a student on this thunderstorm field studies lab class. My apologies to my fellow meteorology students, who really know what they are talking about, if I use incorrect terminolo... Read more
Day 2 Storm chasing
Day 2 Storm chasing: We drove from Overland Park, KS to Lubbock, TX - another 10 hour positioning day in the rolling meteorology lab. We had a delicious dinner at Cagle Steakhouse last night.
The hours in the van are spent watching weather... Read more
Day 1 Storm chasing
Blogging is hard on a cellphone and it's using a lot of battery, so I'll be brief.
Yesterday was a positioning day. We drove 10 hours to Overland Park, KS. We had steak dinner at Jess & Jim's steakhouse.
We're on the road to Lubbock, T... Read more
Call me crazy, but I'm off to storm chase again!
I'm doing it again! My Storm Chase/Thunderstorm Lab class is heading southwest Friday morning. We will stop at my professor's favorite restaurant, Jess 'n Jim's Steak House in Kansas City for dinner Friday night. We will spend the first few days... Read more
Day 128 Accountability
1 - Exercise - 40 minutes stretching and physical therapy exercises. Today, I learned foam... Read more
Day 127 Accountability
1 - Exercise - 20 minutes on the treadmill, 25 minutes stretching and physical therapy ex... Read more
Day 126 Accountability
I had a follow-up doctor appt for my knee tonight. I'm doing much better. He agreed to another 4-6 weeks of physical therapy, since that seems to be really helping. I told the doctor that I really want to do a triathlon this summ... Read more