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                   Friday, April 24, 2009 - 2:42PM

Beginning of May looking good

By DAN ROBINSON
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The Plains severe weather season is already going to be cranking up this weekend, but the GFS and Euro models have been fairly consistent in bringing some very good storm chase days to the Plains next week. This may usher in the first trip this season. I'm trying to decide whether I want to leave tonight (in order to pursue the upcoming setups in Texas/Kansas this weekend), or on Tuesday for the second round.

The vehicle work is going to have to be done in Charleston over the next couple of days, I'm afraid - an early series of outbreaks means no time for Raleigh work sessions.

Based on the current outlook, this probability table charts the chance of the Plains storm chase expedition starting on a particular date:

2009 Storm Chasing & Photography Expedition - Departure Date Probability as of April 24
April 24-2742%
April 28 - May 1042%
May 11-205%
May 21-315%
June 1-155%
No trip1%

If they are that close together.. why not both? I already know you're going to say money. It's really too bad you don't know anyone you could stay with in the AMA-OKC-ICT area. You could bring "work" with you, and just kinda hover in the southern plains for a few weeks every year.
- Posted by John from Texas

That was my exact thought John. It looks like there may be storms every day in the Plains for the next week solid, maybe more. As for staying in the area long term, maybe in a couple years I'll be able to do that with a second home purchase.
- Posted by Dan R. from St. Louis, MO

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