When we woke up on our 7th day (May 7th), we finally had some storms to chase! I don’t really remember the setup of these days but we started chsasing in Kansas and found some really nice storm features of these high-based storms. In the end of the week we turned back down to Texas but found nothing really impressive.
The six days that followed produced no storms whatsoever in the entire country. We spent those days in south and southeast Texas. We spent some time in the beautiful Big Bend national park and other photogenic places in the region. Brian is a really passionate photographer and knew a lot of good places to take nice photos.
So, here are some samples of what we did during these down days. I took lots of photos and continued to play around with the panorama view on my iPhone.
I went with Tempest Tours in 2013 from May 1st to May 10th. I was scheduled to go with Weather Gods first but I had to reschedule very late (read more about why here). During this tour I actually didn’t blog or write a diary so I don’t have any detailed text about my experiences of this tour. I will publish some of the best photos from the tour and what I remember from it.
The season of 2013 started off really slow and this tour was no exception, we only had 4 chase days out of 10 which of course was a disappointment. We started off with one chase day before a low pressure blocked the entire continent for six consecutive days. The situation was quite extreme and they even had snow in Oklahoma in the beginning of our tour!
Our tour guide was Brian Morganti, who was a really dedicated and experienced tour guide. Every morning he held a 45 minute (!) presentation of the day’s weather setup. It was highly appreciated, really enlightening and felt really professional. During the down days these presentations weren’t as long which I was quite happy about. In a way it felt like “rubbing in the bad news”, although this was of course not his intent.