Day 1 – Off to Iowa
2004 05 08
ON to IA
To my surprise and their credit, Mark and Sarah arrived at around . Beth came along too to capture the departure on video. Getting out of bed at this hour is quite the feat for Beth, and a sure sign of true love. We repacked all the gear, and were off.
We worried a bit about how we
would be received on the
We saw our first storm of the trip
at a rest stop on I-94 near
Photograph of storms approaching rest stop
Mark adjusting the truck-top antenna farm.
Getting practice setting up the video equipment.
After following I-94, then I-80
for some time, we finally arrived in
Photograph of distant Cb over
Mark using the old “dirt in the wind” trick.
After calling up Dave Patrick, our
nowcaster back in
Line of tCu feeding into
Once we arrived at the boundary, we moved west along the boundary toward the updraft region of the storm. It was starting to get hilly as well as dark, so we found a spot with a good view and sat tight while taking video. The storm was still generating quite a bit of lightning and we thought we could make out a lowering where the storm’s gust front was intersecting the boundary we had followed. The video shows we were correct.
Lightning from the hilltop site.
A lowering lit by lightning.
Soon, it was too dark to see any
structure at all, and we decided to head into
After meeting Chris and Dave, we ordered a pizza and watched the CGs hammering Des Moines. Power flickered at the hotel and we got to see Mark’s lightning dance after a really close CG. Chris clued me in to the fact that the hotel had WI-FI, and my laptop had a built-in WI-FI receiver. Yee-ha! Unfortunately, the WI-FI wasn’t working.
A little later, our friend George Kourounis arrived with Charles Edwards’ Cloud 9 tour group. He had already been driving with the group for a week and was planning on driving with them for three more. They, too, had little luck chasing the previous week.
By the end of the day, my sore throat had worsened and I was beginning to lose my voice. What a time to get a cold! I hit the sack around 11:30 pm with the storms still raging outside.
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