All original images (C) Steve Douglass unless otherwise noted.

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Saturday, April 26, 2008

So close - yet so far!

So far this year - severe weather wise - the pickings have been - less than spectacular in fact downright slim.

NWS says things should pick up as we move into May. In the meantime I placate myself by shooting sunsets and placid cloudscapes.

My wife, who is downstate helping out her parents on the family farm outside of Waco is having all the fun. Last night they had a tornado warning as a big twister crossed I-35 just south of them.

If I was down there I'd be chasing like mad.

However, as I found out a few years back, chasing down there ain't like chasing up here. they have had the audacity to place these annoying things called " trees" and " hills" and "rivers" which makes storm spotting all that more difficult. Still, it would have been fun to try.

But since I couldn't (Waco is over 400 miles away) and my wife (knowing me as she does) knew I felt like I was missing out - made me feel better by partaking in what I have dubbed as a "phone chase." In other words, she relayed storm reports that she was monitoring on the tube and her radio scanner.

I also did a bit of "Now Casting" using my new subscription to Weather Tap, the best real-time HD weather radar site on the world wide web. It came in real handy, keeping her advised of the exact tracks of the worst cells.

Special thanks and shout out to Dale who gave me a subscription as a gift. I can't thank him enough.

Anyway, the closest thing to being there was monitoring the storm via radar. Since I couldn't take any photos I did the next best thing and took a screen capture of a classic "Hook Echo" showing the amazing wind divergence in the cell (at the end of a line of storms) that dropped a tornado which was on the ground for almost an hour.

Here it is posted for your enjoyment and storm education and edification.

-Steve Douglass

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