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Monday, April 30, 2007
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Rapidly rotating wall cloud as we approach the area from the north around Sterling, KS.
Tornado passes almost right over the top of us. The ground circulation hits Tim's HITPR probe 50 yards behind us!
Tornado continues to our east.
Funnel aloft continues as we pursue to get into position for another deploy.
RFD winds rake this farmhouse.
Dirt blasts the farm for about 30 seconds and then moves on. Roger Hill and the Cosmospace group, whom I will be deploying probes for next week are just down the road from here. The DOW and TIV were also deploying on this storm. A very exciting chase indeed!
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Monday, April 23, 2007
Since I can't seem to edit any of the storm reports, I'm just going to add this video as it's own post. Also had to put it on Google Video rather than Youtube due to length. Not much else to say than what has already been said in the report, so enjoy!
Saturday, April 21, 2007
A large upper level low pressure system (cut-off low) was positioned over Arizona
providing Southerly flow in the upper levels. This is why the general storm motion was from south to north.
Surface winds were from the southeast providing moisture up to the dryline along the TX/NM border.
Moisture was not as plentiful as on March 28, 2007 which may be the reason for fewer tornadoes this day.
Here is the radar during the time of the Tulia and Cactus mesos.
Witnessed five (maybe 7) tornadoes today from the storm that formed near Channing, TX moved west of Dumas and then did significant damage north of Dumas in the small town of Cactus, TX. Tornado started as a cone then grew to a large white cone with heavy rain sheets wrapping around it then to a large half mile wedge! At one point we had two tornadoes on the ground, one a long white rope and the other a large wedge with barberpole bands. What a chase day!
Tornado #1 touches down briefly southwest of Channing, TX
Tornado #2 touches down and stays on the ground this time. We shoot west out of Four Way, TX on 354 and rapidly approach the growing cone! As we come over each hill the tornado is growing larger and stronger. The RFD notch is just stunning, almost encompasing the whole meso!
The tornado moves north of us as a large white cone wrapped in rain. The site is jaw dropping!
After driving north on 385 and shooting back east towards Bautista, TX we encounter powerlines across the road, trees down and tricky navigating. I had to drive over a smoldering transformer and stay out of the deep mud. But we make it through to keep chasing the developing wedge out in the distance.
We had to duck the Subaru under the powerlines hanging from the poles down to the road. The White Lincoln Navigator was too high and was stuck at the wires.
A second tornado forms to the southwest of the developing wedge tornado. At this point we have two tornadoes on the ground at the same time! This tornado continued north along our route and we were able to stay with it a long time as it churned up the dirt fields.
Tornado #2 builds into a large wedge. On HW87 where it crossed the road for a second time west of Dumas, TX there are a 1/2 mile and possibly more stretch of power poles down indicating the wedge size.
Here we have the wedge as it crosses HW287 and does significant damage in Etter, Bryden and Cactus, TX. The barber bole striations are strongly rotating from the ground all the way up into the meso. The whole wall cloud is on the ground at this point!
Major damage in Cactus, TX with roofs gone, some homes missing wall sections, debris everywhere on the roads and trucks flipped over. Our hearts go out to the residents that were devistated by this damaging long-track wedge.
Map of tornado paths in Blue, our route in Green.
Arrived in Denver at 1:00am to find both drivers side tires on my car almost flat and leaking air. We had runover powerlines, sheet metal and sheets of plywood so something had punctured the tires but not enough to cause a full blowout.
I have more respect for these wedge beasts now as the last two chases we have documented major damage from multiple wedges in the panhandles of TX and OK.
Here is the NWS page for this day:
SPC reports page: http://w1.spc.woc.noaa.gov/exper/archive/events/070421/index.html
Motel Stays: 1
Friday, April 20, 2007
Thursday, April 19, 2007
With this setup being well into CO and it being a saturday it's a no brainer that Michael, Eric and I will be out on this one!
With moisture return being the limiting factor for this setup I am definately favoring the sw KS/ OK panhandle area again to get south into the better air.
ATTM...IT APPEARS THAT STRONG DEEP-LAYER SHEAR AND DEWPOINTS GENERALLY IN THE MID 50S SHOULD SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF SUPERCELL STORMS FROM THE CENTRAL AND SRN HIGH PLAINS NNEWD ACROSS THE WRN HALF OF NEB AND INTO THE DAKOTAS AND PERHAPS WRN MN. GREATEST THREAT WILL LIKELY EXIST FROM THE TX/OK PANHANDLES NWD ACROSS WRN KS/ERN CO INTO THE WRN HALF OF NEB. IN THESE AREAS...LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS WILL BE POSSIBLE ALONG WITH ISOLATED TORNADOES.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Friday, April 13, 2007
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Monday, April 09, 2007
Sunday, April 08, 2007
5 - 3000mW Transmitter
1 - 2000mW Transmitter
1 - 1000mW Transmitter
I asked for the two sellers on eBay (1 firstname.lastname@example.org) (6 RockyKaBo@HotPoP.com ) to ship as soon as possible since we are on a critical schedule. If they come through then I will give them great feedback marks in eBay as incentive. That's about the best you can do in the eBay system.
My thinking on these transmitters is to have most of them as the largest size/greatest range possible for the cones and then have a couple of the smaller sizes to adapt into the plane. If the 3000mW transmitters turn out to be not much heavier than the 1000 or 2000 then we will just use the 3000 in the plane.
This will give us the best flexibility and a few backup transmitters for spares.
Saturday, April 07, 2007
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The plane I will construct will be like the one at the link below, it includes the plane, gas engine and radio and is nearly complete and ready to fly at $379.00 not including shipping. I may try to source this and the field box in Denver to get started earlier on brushing up on my flight skills.
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We'll be needing a field box like this to start and operate the plane at $109.00 + shipping:
Between 1989 an 1996 I flew radio control pattern ship competions and aerobatics so with a little brushing up I should be able to make a decent attempt at getting a bird in the air and headed into the vortex!
These take 3 days to process and then 15 days to ship to the US so it'll be cutting it close on getting these units for the project. I also ordered 8 color pinhole cameras from an outfit in the US so those will be here in time.
The transmitters are the one's below in the link, they have quoted me AU$390 for 6 including shipping so I have asked them to send me the dimensions (since the picture is always vaugue) and to see if they have a faster shipping method:
I ordered 8 of these cameras for $149.99:
they have audio as well so we may even be able to get audio and video back. At this point I don't see why not. To mount them in the plane I may attach them directly to a spare servo and hang it out the bottom, that would allow one of the unused channels 5,6 or 7 to be able to rotate the camera in flight!
This is the YAGI antennas we'll use, I already have one myself and Kaori has requested another one, we can use up to 4 of these with 4 laptops at a time:
MINIATURE 10MHZ TO 5.6GHZ 20DB 9 ELEMENT AUDIO/VIDEO YAGI ANTENNA $289.00 + shipping.
Here are the Laptop capture devices we'll use, at $77.00 ea + shipping one for each channel of video:
Friday, April 06, 2007
It's a long way off but worth watching as we break out of the current pattern and back into a chaseable one.
Sunday, April 01, 2007
This image is for the "View Bios" section.
Michael, Eric and I have been invited by Mike Nelson of Denver's 7 ABC to join chasers Tim Samaras, Roger Hill and Tony Laubach on the 7 Storm Chasers!
Today I took all of our pictures and have been working on creating the graphics for the Channel 7 website.
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