05.15.13

Chase #1: Southwest Texas!

Posted in Storm Chasing at 1:59 am by Rebekah

Today we started off in Olton, Texas, visiting and making new friends last night, and then headed south to points south of Midland in the southwest part of the state.

We were excited to see anything this season, and were happy to see a few severe thunderstorms, hail, decent structure, a few gustnadoes, and lightning before it turned into a nice squall line and we ultimately stopped to spend the night in Abilene to position ourselves for tomorrow’s chase.

Here are some photos from the day.

Severe thunderstorm over a field of cotton just east of Crane, Texas

Just after we got pounded by the core, with dime and nickel and the odd quarter-sized hail

Outflow structure on a mini bow echo storm and green sky near Big Lake

Closer view of the shelf cloud

Another view

We drove about 480 miles over 11 hours today, and also saw 3 raccoons crossing the road tonight. 🙂

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05.13.13

Back in the USA!

Posted in Storm Chasing, Traveling at 5:07 pm by Rebekah

Over 20 Australian (and a few Kiwis and Americans) gather for dinner in Wichita, Kansas!

It’s great to be back in the States! Flew into Oklahoma City Friday night, with the rest of the chase team flying int the next afternoon.

Spent Saturday running errands and visiting with old friends, and then got on the road Sunday afternoon as we headed to Wichita for a (mostly) Aussie storm chaser gathering! I’m chasing /road tripping this month with 3 Aussies and 1 New Zealander, and it was great to meet so many others last night at dinner.

Today we’re on our way to a friend’s place in the south Texas Panhandle, as the chase weather has been a bit slow, but we’re hopeful we’ll get some good opportunities later in the week!

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03.27.13

New Zealand Bound! (After Storm Chasing!)

Posted in General News, Kwajalein, Storm Chasing, Traveling at 7:54 pm by Rebekah

My two year contract at the weather station on Kwajalein is coming to a close (already?! where did the time go?). While I had the opportunity to renew it, I decided for various reasons to pursue other opportunities. I have loved my time here and there are some people and some things I will miss, but further challenges and interesting weather are calling me.

I just accepted an offer to work as a meteorologist for MetService, New Zealand’s National Weather Service. I am beyond excited to say I will be moving to Wellington, New Zealand this August! The position sounds great, and I look forward to learning more about Southern Hemisphere and New Zealand weather and exploring this beautiful country.

The above photo is the famous Kwaj signpost by the airport, showing the direction and approximate distance in miles to various places around the world. Wellington has been added to the signpost sometime since I first got here, and now I smile whenever I notice it as I pass by–“only” about 2,400 miles further south!

The next few months will bring a lot of traveling for me, as I’ll also soon be flying back to Oklahoma to go storm chasing and visit friends for a few weeks across the Plains. I plan on updating this blog with my latest storm chase adventures this May; hopefully there will be a lot to write about and post photos of! I am going to be chasing with a tablet for the first time; every time I chase I seem to change something up. This year I will have an iPad, and between the built-in GPS, data connection, and various apps, I should be able to get the information I want without having a bulky laptop and cords everywhere. One of my chasing buddies, Dean (coming back from Australia with a couple of his friends) will have the full laptop setup though, so we’ll have double the data!

Anyway, I also plan on updating this (mainly) weather blog more often once I no longer have to dial up to use the Internet at home (really looking forward to high speed Internet again!). I may even start a separate New Zealand blog soon, too.

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05.25.11

May 24, 2011 Tornado Outbreak

Posted in Severe Weather Post-analysis, Storm Chasing at 7:23 pm by Rebekah

Here is the Norman National Weather Service map of yesterday’s preliminary tornado tracks.

They are working on the damage surveys and have information on this page about the outbreak. So far they have rated the Canton multi-vortex tornado as an EF3, and many of the other tornadoes as at least EF3 (some of these are likely to go up).

There is another high risk for severe weather today in the central Mississippi River Valley, and so far there have been 56 tornado reports.

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05.24.11

Chase #9: Two Tornadoes on a Devastating Day

Posted in Severe Weather Post-analysis, Storm Chasing at 9:34 pm by Rebekah

We saw two tornadoes today, a multi-vortex near Canton, Oklahoma at 3:20 pm and the rope-out stage of an elephant trunk tornado near Fairview at about 3:48 pm.

My photos didn’t turn out very well (the above photo is from the touchdown of the Canton tornado), as the rain was starting to fall and my camera had trouble focusing…plus I was busy trying to call in the tornadoes and plot our next route.

The high risk was certainly warranted today, and props to the forecasters for nailing this one. Sadly, there were many large, destructive tornadoes that affected many cities from Kansas to Texas. I thought for a while that my home was in the crosshairs, but the tornadoes lifted just in time. My heart is very heavy tonight for those who were hit by the storms, and for some areas it’s not over yet.

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