Friday, May 16, 2008

Greetings from Day...

What day is this?

It is Friday. I've been with spotty internet access at best, and am staying at the pinnacle of all Tornado Alley hotels: the La Quinta. It was determined among our chase crew last night over the ham that La Quinta does not only mean "Free hi-speed internet" but also "free hi-speed cockroaches." Thankfully, that was not the case.

This was one of the nicer hotel stays.

I have to hand it to Tempest. We are experiencing a large ridging pattern in the upper air flow over the middle of America. They have brought us down to the bottom of Texas (Eagle Pass, to be specific) to experience the only storm in the country. We watched an LP supercell immigrate across the border from Mexico and followed it through Eagle Pass. We had one report of a sherriff-nado, which clearly did not happen. Our caravan has determined that the public clearly does not know what a tornado actually looks like.

Wednesday we drove through a large hail core in the middle of Texas. Our Jeep Laredo is ready for the auction block. It can now safely carry eggs on its hood and roof at large speeds without their falling off. That is how bad the hail damage is. It is a good thing we have the all-inclusive insurance coverage.

We also saw a lovely sculpted LP supercell that looked like a wet wrung cloth hanging in mid-air. I have photos.

This has been a rather slow week. Again, I have to hand it to Tempest. They brought us to the only supercell in the country (and it wasn't even our country for a portion of it).

Today, we're going to Big Bend National Park for some lightning.

This is KE5UIY signing off.


At 11:09 PM, Blogger Connie said...

I'm really beginning to understand why/how you recognized the hail damage on one of our vehicles in one of my blog pictures!

Hope you plan to post/share some of the photos on your blog!!

At 2:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone knows that La Quinta really means "next to Denny's."


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