May 3, 2004
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The day began with a nice sundog visible in the east.
The truck was set up at Jefferson Middle School to show the
kids the kinds of equipment we would be taking on the chase.
The school was presented with a WeatherBug Homeland
Security certification flag and award. Their weather
monitoring station can provide data to the Department of Homeland Security in
the event of a civil emergency.
After addressing the students they all came out to check out
the chase vehicle.
Next we headed to the Storm Prediction Center where Dan
McCarthy gave us a tour and explained the day to day operations. Today was a
good day to be giving a tour as there was no severe weather anywhere in the US.
We were standing outside the door to the experimental Phased
Array Radar of the National Severe Storms Lab when the Chief of Radar Research
and Development , Doug Forsyth, came out with a group he was showing the radar
to. He graciously offered to show us as well and gave us a great tour and
explanation of the project. Information about this project is available
Unfortunately there's nothing but blue sky in Oklahoma. Looks
like we will be headed north for some possible activity later in the week.
Here's the wonderful view of the flat terrain around
Oklahoma City. As you can see there was not a cloud in the sky.