After decades of chasing storms, I finally went ahead and became an official SKYWARN spotter for the National Weather Service here in Tucson. Tonight’s class was very informative and enjoyable. I’m going to work on the advanced classes (which are presented online on an ad hoc basis) this weekend.
My storm chasing trip in 30 days away. I’ve been counting down to this trip since the first of the year and I’m really excited for the chase opportunities in May. I’m fortunate to be in a place and space that allows me to take this time off and do this sort of thing for a week. Hopefully Mother Nature will be a bit feisty and give me things to chase. Long range forecasts are looking promising, though I may have to go farther east than I did last year.
If Mother Nature decides to settle down a bit, there’s still plenty of exploring to do in the nation’s heartland. And I’m good with that too.