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Stormchaser Down

It has been a hectic week.
I’ve tried to stay ahead of it all, but I have failed miserably.

I must have sat down a dozen times to write this post, just to be called away for something else, some other task, some other issue needing my attention.

Andy Gabrielson, aka Find the Tornado, was killed over the weekend by a drunk driver, just a hour from my backyard.

He died, coming back from doing what he loved: chasing a storm.

I can’t say Andy and I were close. That would be a lie. However I met him on roughly a half dozen occasions when I first started as a storm spotter. We met for coffee and chit chat as he gave me some insight. We had met via twitter. He was a good man, with a love for the chase and a eye for video and pictures. You have probably seen his footage on countless Weather Channel shorts and news work across the country.

Andy was the real deal.

Last year his truck was flipped with him inside (the last 45 seconds of the video if you want fast forward to it)

Andy did his best to get good footage, which he more often than not succeeded in. He also gathered good data which was very important to meteorologists.

His work, his candor, and his will to do good for people was practically legendary. Last year he picked up Joel Taylor of Team Dominator fame from the side of the road after Reed and Joel parted ways. Andy was always, always willing to help.

As tribute over 500 storm chasers came together to honor Andy, in a way that can only be seen on the Radar screens that we watch, haunt, and stare at for hours. He would have appreciated it I think:

The world is a lesser place, and this storm season won’t be the same without him


If your in the area, or you wish to make a donation to Andy’s family, or attend his service, that information is after the jump.


God speed Andy, and where ever you are, ride the lightning.
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Slowly but surely

Well between the ankle and work things have indeed been moving slowly. I stay piled under time wise. Its like I never have a free moment to myself, and the weekends scream by in record time. Sometimes I feel like I lay down Friday night and wake up on Monday.

It isn’t that stressful, thats the good thing. It’s just I have so many things that I am trying to get accomplished.

I have school work for both of my classes every night.
I have work that I do all day, and sometimes I spent a few minutes each night on it.
I have my CAPM test I will be studying for shortly, hopefully I’ll be taking the test by the end of February.
With Spring on the way I have a training class all next week for Spotters.
My ankle is not as healed as I would like, and I’m still using a cane. I am hoping to be done with that next week if I can but right now it feels like someone smashing my foot with a hammer when i put any sort of real weight on it. Not a pleasant experience I can assure you.

During the course of all this fun and excitement I have several pieces of software that I have to buy, Microsoft project being one.

But the one that invariably always folks ask me about is my meteorological data processing program: GrLevelX.

I have used GrLevel2 for the last several years but this year I am also going to try to get my hands on Level3. They aren’t very expensive, but the work and detail they provide are extremely reliable.

With as mild as this winter has been, I am worried that the spring storms may be more robust and violent than what we have seen the last three years. Thats saying something seeing as how 2011 was one of the most deadly seasons on record.

Unless this winter freezes up soon, I think Spring may have a few surprises for us weather wise and I doubt highly we will like any of them.

Sensational Weather, or Weather Sensationalism?

There has been a lot of hullabub in the last 24 hours as to just how serious we should have taken Irene.'d you spend *your* weekend?

Comments on Facebook and in Twitter from politico’s, editorials, bloggers to even other meteorologists who are climbing on the “Media Sensationalism!” bandwagon.

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Riders of the Storm

Those of you who followed us on Twitter and FB last night know it was a long night.

If you have seen the headlines this morning,  …a very…long…night.

I got about 2 hours sleep before hitting the ground running for my real job.

Our prayers go out to the families and friends of the lost.

If you want to thank any of the guys and girls who made our little informational possible…look on the right hand side under “Riders of the Storm”.

Keeping you informed by braving dangers is what they do.

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Snowmeggedon 2.0

So after record snowfall last week it looks like it’s coming again.

Missouri DOT working to clear roadways using their TowPlow

Weather radio’s are already going off, and alerts are being sent to phones apparently.

We get snow in Missouri. Usually about 14 or so inches per year.

But this year, amidst people screaming global warming, has been just a little nuts.

We were declared a state of Emergency, which is a good thing for schools etc.

But the fact that my little corner of Missouri, specifically the Southwest is determined to be the hardest hit, does not bode well.

I guess we’ll see. I won’t be putting my snow chains away any time soon it looks like.

And if I ever see Punxsutawney Phil, I think I’ll be forced to shoot him, the dirty lying scoundrel.

If I vanish again you can keep track of my madness here and I’ll still be in Twitter via my phone.

The rumors of my demise are greatly exaggerated

Yes I live.

First day back to work in a week since the grand Blizzard.
And of course what happens?

Its snowing.

No internet except my cellphone most of last week. Really only got it back this weekend, and honestly spent most of that catching up on school so the blog took a backseat.

I know, I know damn priorities.

However I am hoping things will come back to normal, provided we don’t get dumped on…yet again. But it’s not looking good.

We had a good time, playing in the snow with Critter and Huck. Many adventures in driving, and I have managed to get sick yet again but I’m powering through it.

How was your adventures?


Nothing to say really. It’s snowing. Supposed to snow all weekend right through until Tuesday BUT we aren’t supposed to get any accumulation.

What the hell does that mean? 5 days of snow and it’s not going to build up? Sometimes the local weather people just strike e as morons, considering last night they said we would not get anything but rain and then not until late this evening.

0400 this morning? Snow.

I especially like the part where it’s listed as “Icy Freezing rain” when in fact it’s big fat fluffy flakes falling from the sky. But then what exactly is freezing rain anyway? Ice. Sleet. Snow. So I guess they could be technically correct. Just not professional proficient. Heh

School work almost caught up, work is caught up, so now I just have to get through the day so I can have a nice evening at the house watching it snow. Sounds like a Clam Chowder night for dinner as well.

Weather makes us Crazy

I’ve been at work since 07:20.

All day I have listened to folks run around like crazy looking for places to buy bread, milk, eggs like the usual pack of SnowZombie’s that reside here.

All day I have watched people leave early, and it is not even freaking snowing outside yet!

Thus I have came to a conclusion.

This is what they tell us.

But this is what we see:

More snow bell....

Or something to that effect anyway…

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