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Thursday, May 31, 2007
BY MID/LATE AFTERNOON THUNDERSTORMS WILL FORM OFF HIGHER TERRAIN ALONG NERN NM/TX BORDER INTO SERN CO WHERE LAPSE RATES IN EXCESS OF 8C/KM AND MLCAPES ABOVE 1000 J/KG WILL BE IN PLACE. STORMS WILL THEN INCREASE IN BOTH NUMBER AND INTENSITY AS THEY MOVE EWD INTO THE ADJACENT HIGH PLAINS WHERE A RAPIDLY DESTABILIZING AIR MASS WITH MLCAPES IN EXCESS OF 2000 J/KG WILL BE COMMON BY 00Z. EVENTUALLY THE SEVERE STORMS ARE EXPECTED TO EVOLVE INTO ONE OR MORE MCS/S. PRIOR TO MCS DEVELOPMENT ...SUPERCELLS ARE EXPECTED TO BE PRIMARY CONCERN WITH VERY LARGE HAIL AND POSSIBLY TORNADOES.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Chased with my Dad, Tony Laubach, DreamVisions crew, Silver Lining Tours, Jon Van De Grift, Eric Hurst and Dani Hurst, mainly chased with Tony DR and SLT. We got on the LP cell that passed over Limon Colo. The cell went OF fast and produced nice golf ball size hail.
Motel Stays: 1
Here's the SPC text for today:
HOW FAR S THE COLD FRONT WILL BE PRIOR TO AFTERNOON INITIATION IN ERN CO WILL DETERMINE THE DEGREE OF SUPERCELL AND TORNADO POTENTIAL. FORECAST BASED ON THE FRONT STILL VICINITY PALMER DIVIDE BY MID AFTERNOON PLACES SE CO AND ADJACENT KS/OK BORDER AREA IN FAVORABLE SUPERCELL ENVIRONMENT. MLCAPES WILL INCREASE TO 1500-2000 J/AL MLCAPE THIS REGION ALONG WITH MARGINALLY FAVORABLE DEEP LAYER SHEAR OF 35-40KT. STORMS SHOULD DEVELOP IN RESPONSE TO FRONTAL CONVERGENCE AND OFF HIGHER TERRAIN BY MID AFTERNOON WITH ANY SUPERCELL DEVELOPMENT ENHANCING BOTH LARGE HAIL AND ISOLATED TORNADO THREAT.
Monday, May 28, 2007
Today we will be following Roger Hill and the Silver Lining Tours group up to possibly North Dakota! This will be my first time to ND so I'm really looking forward to it. Tomorrow the action is back down in the Texas Panhandle so we'll have to do some insane driving to make that target tonight.
SPC's text for today: SUPERCELLS WILL BE POSSIBLE...INITIALLY...AND CAPABLE OF PRODUCING VERY LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS GIVEN THE STEEP LAPSE RATES/MODERATE INSTABILITY. TORNADO THREAT IS EXPECTED TO BE GREATEST FROM CENTRAL SD TO ERN ND WHERE LOW LEVEL SHEAR SHOULD BE MAXIMIZED ALONG/NE OF THE TRACK OF A SURFACE LOW AND GIVEN STRONGER LOW LEVEL WINDS ENHANCING THE SHEAR IN THIS REGION.
Motel Stays: 1
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Michael and I went out yesterday and successfully flew the 'Wicked Witch' RC video plane yesterday. We chose a dirt road out highway 36 past Joes, CO where a developing thunderstorm was in the area. Winds were brisk at about 20 mph with gusts to 30. Lightning was in the area as well as light rain. Flight number one suffered from video that was not quite dialed in causing some false-color overblown video. Flight number two I failed to note that the landing from number one had thrown a layer of dirt over the camera lens.
I plan to use a video Y cable and route the video from the camera to an onboard mini-DVR to record better video quality. This will require always retrieving the plane even after an encounter with a tornado. At the minimum though, video like in the clip above can always be obtained from the transmitter in real-time.
Next steps are to gain more and more experience flying in closer to the rain free base and rotating wall clouds and then finally a tornado!
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Got back at 3am MST to SNOW!
Chased down in the Texas Panhandle saw one brief tornado that formed 20 feet in front of our vehicle. The tornado never fully condensed to the ground but the debre cloud kicked up tumble weeds and other debre from the field in front of us.
Michael and I were on the Laverne/Buffalo, OK storm from initiation. Followed it northeast where it almost tornadoed in the pic above.
As we followed it north to almost Buffalo we came around the corner and had tumbleweeds lofting into the air only 50-100 feet in front of us in a vigorous swirl. We counted this 30 second event as the only tornado of the day for us.
The storms to the north became weak due to anvil shielding from the southern storms so we blasted all the way down south and enjoyed the meso west of Lipscomb along with everyone else. Not a bad chase but kind of dissapointing for a PDS watch.
Motel Stays: 1
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Brief horizontal funnel at the Quinter, KS exit on I-70
Motel Stays: 1
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Photographing the Erie Balloon launch this am. What a site! Over 60 balloons all going up at the same time.
Friday, May 18, 2007
The video system on the Wicked Witch is a 3500mW transmitter broadcasting on the amateur TV band of 1.2 GHz. The camera is full motion color and can be independently pointed while in flight. In this way, I can keep the tornado in the video frame even if the plane wants to orbit in a circle as it gets drawn into the inflow. At some point the infow should be so strong that the plane breaks apart as it enters the tornado. Hopefully the video system will keep transmitting as long as possible up to this point.
Make no mistake about it. This is a suicide mission for the plane.
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