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Ben Passmore

Storm Chase 2015 - Which Tour Are You On?

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Hello! I'm on Tour 1 this year. Sorting the VISA tomorrow. Anyone else flying from Manchester for this tour? Might be good to meet up? Really looking forward to it! Might need to look at upgrading my camera for this one!

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Arron wouldn't a lightning trigger do the job as well ?

Tom

 

Yep it would Tom! Advantages to both I guess. With the trigger you should never miss a shot (though to me this is cheating somewhat lol!) and with the manual remote you can keep the shutter open when it's raining down bolts. I guess you can stack images too to get the same effect.

 

I can't say I'd fancy carrying around another camera body with a 300mm lens on it myself, Gail. Mind you, I will be behind the wheel so having just one camera in hand will be hard enough! Ian got some cracking shots with the compact camera he was trying to promote last year (samsung??) :D With today's compacts I'm sure you can probably get access to every manual setting under the sun :)

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LOL I understand Arron, but thankfully the Olympus OMD range are actually quite reasonably sized and weighted. Not the big chunky lenses that Canon/Nikon produce at that focal length.  I've got a little Sony point & shoot and my Samsung phone takes a decent shot as well, but the OMD has the benefit of being weather sealed and I can also control it from my phone via wifi which will be handy for long exposure shots (have a remote trigger as well). I'll probably decide the night before I fly how much kit I'll take this time.

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Ah that sounds a bit swish Gail! I actually took loads on my phone last year, probably more than with the SLR :rolleyes:

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So who's starting to get excited yet ????

 

90 Days exactly until me and Mr M fly out to set everything up!

 

Its gunna fly by! Weeeeeeeeeeeeee

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I'm not sure what I'm looking forward to most: the storms or the vast quantities of food I'm almost certain to consume.

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I'm really excited all ready. Keep watching storm videos n it makes me even more excited. I can't wait. 102 days remaining till I fly out

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I'm really excited all ready. Keep watching storm videos n it makes me even more excited. I can't wait. 102 days remaining till I fly out

 

Haha I just counted the 102 days too :p

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It's gonna be brilliant. Last years trip was fantastic. This year should be even better.

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Hi Ben

 

There is no Long Range Weather Forecasting as such, what we do look out for is the different ENSO Cycles, Tornado season can be affected by a La Nina, El Nino, or Neutral Phase.

 

The actual LP Systems and Mesoscale parts of storms just cannot be worked out, the May 2013 Outbreak in Oklahoma which saw the EF5 In Moore, the EF4 the day before and the El Reno Monster, nothing was showing on any models for that time period, in fact if you had looked just the once on the 15th May you would have said to yourself, I am not looking again until the start of June, the models were that dire, these things can crop up at very short notice.

 

Hope this helps

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I am have slightly more than 89 days to go.if Paul has 89.  As always looking forward to the chase season. This might be daft I always enjoy getting off the plane and smelling the Texas air as you walk from the plane into the terminal, especially if its humid. YUMMY !

 

Second moment is arriving at the reception of the Best Western and grabbing a fresh coffee.whilst waiting patiently to be checked in. Third , getting up early on the first day and looking out over the Dallas skyline.

 

Oh yes

 

Tom  

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I am have slightly more than 89 days to go.if Paul has 89.  As always looking forward to the chase season. This might be daft I always enjoy getting off the plane and smelling the Texas air as you walk from the plane into the terminal, especially if its humid. YUMMY !

 

Second moment is arriving at the reception of the Best Western and grabbing a fresh coffee.whilst waiting patiently to be checked in. Third , getting up early on the first day and looking out over the Dallas skyline.

 

Oh yes

 

Tom

'I'll have what she's having'

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A quiz to pass the time:

 

Where were we when i took this photo? 

 

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Got a slight risk over California with a risk of tornadoes today, not often you see that!

 

And yes, that photo just looks like a generic shopping park in a generic American town...with a nice backdrop :D

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That was taken in Dumas tx

Andy, how many times MUST I TELL YOU.

It's NOT Dumas, its DUMB-ASS

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Woo, my flight now gets into Dallas at 22:15 rather than 23:00 :)

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yes it is Dumas not long after the tornado warning had been cancelled. 

 

 

Tom 

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Here's one to help pass the time away. Where abouts was this taken ?

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