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Storm Chase 2012 - Setting Up & Bonus/practise Chases


Paul Sherman

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  • Location: Leigh On Sea - Essex & Tornado Alley
  • Location: Leigh On Sea - Essex & Tornado Alley

First Morning in DFW After a straight Forward Flight yesterday.

Nice little MCS Rumbled through DFW Last Night so after something to eat we went South a Bit to Grand Prairie and got some Lightning practise in. Unfortunately too much time was spent looking for a decent view and we missed probably 4 or 5 multiple Cloud to Tower Strikes before getting the 1 we did. After that was too knackered and just hit the sack.

Today we might venture out into West Texas and see if anything from an Easterly Upslope in New Mexico can form and move eastwards, Large Hail and Structure would be the main threats.

It is looking increasingly likely now that we will be heading North for the coming weekend, and if the Storms dont fire the Aurora might - Lol

Couple of Pictures to get you started.

1 of the Lightning last night and 1 of the Chase Wagon!

post-24-0-74406800-1336483085_thumb.jpg - Brand New GMC Yukon with Leather Interior and Air Con Seats - Nice!

post-24-0-44483400-1336483141_thumb.jpg - 5 or 6 Tower Strikes

Paul S

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  • Location: Aberystwyth, West Wales
  • Location: Aberystwyth, West Wales

Bets on how long the truck stays that white? rofl.gif Good luck today, and fingers crossed for the first tour !

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  • Location: Totterdown, Bristol, UK.
  • Weather Preferences: Thunderstorms, Hail, Torrential Rain
  • Location: Totterdown, Bristol, UK.

First Morning in DFW After a straight Forward Flight yesterday.

Nice little MCS Rumbled through DFW Last Night so after something to eat we went South a Bit to Grand Prairie and got some Lightning practise in. Unfortunately too much time was spent looking for a decent view and we missed probably 4 or 5 multiple Cloud to Tower Strikes before getting the 1 we did. After that was too knackered and just hit the sack.

Today we might venture out into West Texas and see if anything from an Easterly Upslope in New Mexico can form and move eastwards, Large Hail and Structure would be the main threats.

It is looking increasingly likely now that we will be heading North for the coming weekend, and if the Storms dont fire the Aurora might - Lol

Couple of Pictures to get you started.

1 of the Lightning last night and 1 of the Chase Wagon!

post-24-0-74406800-1336483085_thumb.jpg - Brand New GMC Yukon with Leather Interior and Air Con Seats - Nice!

post-24-0-44483400-1336483141_thumb.jpg - 5 or 6 Tower Strikes

Paul S

Nice wheels and even better lightning! See you guys tomorrow afternoon at the car rental area.

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  • Location: Poole, Dorset 42m ASL
  • Location: Poole, Dorset 42m ASL

A lot of muscle mota:

5.3L V8 320bhp(who says you cant put 300+bhp thru 2 wheeels)

20" rims

15mpg town

21mpg open

26gal tank

...and a $40000 pricetag.

Niceeerofl.gif

Now to give it that golfball dimple finishdiablo.gif

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  • Location: Cumbria UK
  • Weather Preferences: Cloud 9
  • Location: Cumbria UK

Nice vehicle chaps - looking forward to following the tour. Good luck to all and hope you bag some nice storms.

Tom

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  • Location: Totterdown, Bristol, UK.
  • Weather Preferences: Thunderstorms, Hail, Torrential Rain
  • Location: Totterdown, Bristol, UK.

Nice vehicle chaps - looking forward to following the tour. Good luck to all and hope you bag some nice storms.

Tom

Cheers Tom. Looking pretty quite the first few days, lets hope it picks up later in the weekend :-)

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  • Location: Cumbria UK
  • Weather Preferences: Cloud 9
  • Location: Cumbria UK

If there is anything to find or chase Paul will find it.

Tom

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  • Location: Poole, Dorset 42m ASL
  • Location: Poole, Dorset 42m ASL

He will also punish you hard with a 14hr drive, arriving at 3am in the morning to leave at 6pm to catch the flight.

He breaths fire.

Redbull he drinks by the pint.

Does this man sleep?

No chance if there is lightning anywhere his nose twitches, his back throws a spasm.

And...

...his foot is to the floor on the next chase...

This man is the devil in disguise be prepared to eat miles

Oh....

And see the American Midwest, yahoooooooo.............

They don't call him the SHERMINATOR for nothing!

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  • Location: Caterham-on-the-hill, Surrey, 190m asl (home), Heathrow (work)
  • Location: Caterham-on-the-hill, Surrey, 190m asl (home), Heathrow (work)

Nice mota and lightning shots, good luck with the upslope in West Texas later and good luck for the rest of the first tour. Counting down the days 'till I come out on the 30th May cool.png

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  • Location: Evesham/ Tewkesbury
  • Weather Preferences: Enjoy the weather, you can't take it with you 😎
  • Location: Evesham/ Tewkesbury

First Morning in DFW After a straight Forward Flight yesterday.

Nice little MCS Rumbled through DFW Last Night so after something to eat we went South a Bit to Grand Prairie and got some Lightning practise in. Unfortunately too much time was spent looking for a decent view and we missed probably 4 or 5 multiple Cloud to Tower Strikes before getting the 1 we did. After that was too knackered and just hit the sack.

Today we might venture out into West Texas and see if anything from an Easterly Upslope in New Mexico can form and move eastwards, Large Hail and Structure would be the main threats.

It is looking increasingly likely now that we will be heading North for the coming weekend, and if the Storms dont fire the Aurora might - Lol

Couple of Pictures to get you started.

1 of the Lightning last night and 1 of the Chase Wagon!

post-24-0-74406800-1336483085_thumb.jpg - Brand New GMC Yukon with Leather Interior and Air Con Seats - Nice!

post-24-0-44483400-1336483141_thumb.jpg - 5 or 6 Tower Strikes

Paul S

Nice Virgin White, What colour will it be when it louses its virginity???!!!rofl.gifrofl.gifrofl.gif

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  • Location: Stone,Staffs
  • Location: Stone,Staffs

A few fuel saving tips from GMC

but what are rules for ?

Driving habits can affect fuel mileage. Here are some driving tips to get the best fuel economy possible.

1. Avoid fast starts and accelerate smoothly.

2. Brake gradually and avoid abrupt stops.

3. Avoid idling the engine for long periods of time.

4. When road and weather conditions are appropriate, use cruise control.

5. Always follow posted speed limits or drive slower if conditions require.

6. Keep vehicle tires properly inflated.

7. Combine several trips into a single trip.

8. Replace the vehicle's tires with the same TPC Spec number molded into the tire's sidewall near the size.

9. Follow recommended scheduled maintenance.

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  • Location: Dorking, Surrey
  • Weather Preferences: Anything extreme
  • Location: Dorking, Surrey

A few fuel saving tips from GMC

Fuel is cheaper in the US, so here are my version of the rules

Driving habits can affect fuel mileage. Here are some driving tips to get the best fuel economy possible.

1. Avoid fast starts and accelerate smoothly.

Mandatory wheel spins from the off, metal to the floor to speed up the chase

2. Brake gradually and avoid abrupt stops.

Handbrake turns to get a good angle for the moving lightning shots

3. Avoid idling the engine for long periods of time.

Keep engine running so the AC keeps the beers cool

4. When road and weather conditions are appropriate, use cruise control.

Ensure cruise control set to just under 100mph

5. Always follow posted speed limits or drive slower if conditions require.

Only when the cops are in view, otherwise drive as fast as fast speed wipers allow

6. Keep vehicle tires properly inflated.

If not, ensure it's Aarons turn to change the wheel if in a hailstorm

7. Combine several trips into a single trip.

Don't we do that anyway?

8. Replace the vehicle's tires with the same TPC Spec number molded into the tire's sidewall near the size.

And send the bill to the hire company

9. Follow recommended scheduled maintenance.

Guests to wash all windows and windscreen at every pit stop. Licking of windows allowed if you're special

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  • Location: Poole, Dorset 42m ASL
  • Location: Poole, Dorset 42m ASL

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9. Follow recommended scheduled maintenance.

Guests to wash all windows and windscreen at every pit stop. Licking of windows allowed if you're special

Mmmmm nice, raw cochineal, mmm mmm

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  • Location: Leigh On Sea - Essex & Tornado Alley
  • Location: Leigh On Sea - Essex & Tornado Alley

Tested the Streaming out today and it looked great, can zoom in on things, also has ticker tape bars running across the top to show what we are looking at and temperatures etc

Me and dave went to Elm Street today in Downtown Dallas to the site of where JFK Was Shot, fascinating experience and it was clear who the tour guide believed.

Some Pictures of our visit today.

post-24-0-93902400-1336597270_thumb.jpg - Picture shows the Intended Route on the Right (Main Street) with the diverted route to the Left (Elm Street) and the Red Brick Building with the window where Lee Harvey Oswald was said to have shot JFK From.

post-24-0-53980300-1336597340_thumb.jpg - This is the exact point of where Shooter Number 2 shot JFK & Ultimately Killed Him with a head shot from the Grassy Knowle.

post-24-0-22403900-1336597387_thumb.jpg - Me pointing to the 6th Floor Window of the Library Building and the little "X" On the tarmac to my right is where the first shot hit JFK!

Off now to pick up the lads as they have landed.

Paul S

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  • Location: Cumbria UK
  • Weather Preferences: Cloud 9
  • Location: Cumbria UK

Tested the Streaming out today and it looked great, can zoom in on things, also has ticker tape bars running across the top to show what we are looking at and temperatures etc

Me and dave went to Elm Street today in Downtown Dallas to the site of where JFK Was Shot, fascinating experience and it was clear who the tour guide believed.

Some Pictures of our visit today.

post-24-0-93902400-1336597270_thumb.jpg - Picture shows the Intended Route on the Right (Main Street) with the diverted route to the Left (Elm Street) and the Red Brick Building with the window where Lee Harvey Oswald was said to have shot JFK From.

post-24-0-53980300-1336597340_thumb.jpg - This is the exact point of where Shooter Number 2 shot JFK & Ultimately Killed Him with a head shot from the Grassy Knowle.

post-24-0-22403900-1336597387_thumb.jpg - Me pointing to the 6th Floor Window of the Library Building and the little "X" On the tarmac to my right is where the first shot hit JFK!

Off now to pick up the lads as they have landed.

Paul S

Any thoughts yet on direction for first chase?

Tom

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  • Location: Leigh On Sea - Essex & Tornado Alley
  • Location: Leigh On Sea - Essex & Tornado Alley

Yep

2 Days of Chases in Deep South Texas, SPC Mentioning Supercells, Large Hail and Possible Tornadoes in their outlooks for tomorrow and Friday. Then might be Upslope early next week

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  • Location: Poole, Dorset 42m ASL
  • Location: Poole, Dorset 42m ASL

Nice one paul . Does is have a built in bleep for swear words???

That's a new role for the navigator this year, to hit a red button on the dash marked "Bleep", Paul had it installed yesterday..

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  • Location: Caterham-on-the-hill, Surrey, 190m asl (home), Heathrow (work)
  • Location: Caterham-on-the-hill, Surrey, 190m asl (home), Heathrow (work)

SPC still suggesting a marginal risk of tornadoes today and tomorrow across the deep south of Texas and you might be able to play in some large hail.

Thereafter ... hopefully should be some upslope over eastern New Mexico and eastern Colorado to play with.

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  • Location: Torrington, Devon
  • Weather Preferences: storms - of the severe kind
  • Location: Torrington, Devon

Nice looking vehicle.

The best of luck for Tour 2

Looking forward to following this

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  • Location: Poole, Dorset 42m ASL
  • Location: Poole, Dorset 42m ASL

Streaming won't be running until tomorrow (barring the odd test as the team head out for one reason or another), but the live streaming page can be found here:

http://www.netweathe...chaselive;sess=

Live chat built into the player this year...

Thanks Paul, looking forward to the hours of endless fun..

One point on the webpage it says "Tour1" are we on tour One or Two, not that the viewers probably care.

(Picky, I know)

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  • Location: Stanstead Abbotts, Hertfordshire
  • Weather Preferences: Stormy...
  • Location: Stanstead Abbotts, Hertfordshire

Streaming won't be running until tomorrow (barring the odd test as the team head out for one reason or another), but the live streaming page can be found here:

http://www.netweathe...chaselive;sess=

Live chat built into the player this year...

Sorry I won't be able to watch guys but have a great time

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  • Location: Aviemore
  • Location: Aviemore

I guess it is actually t2, so will sort that. Am also going to be taking the live chat off of the player and putting facebook chat back in later on.

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