Sunday, May 24, 2009

Teachers in Geosciences Chase Begins

* Greetings from Canyon, TX, one of the nicest towns in the panhandle of Texas. Today is Day 1 of the Teachers in Geosciences (TIG) field methods course which focuses mainly on storm chasing with a geology component mixed in. Tim Wallace and Athena Owen have joined us as instructors as well as 10 new students from different areas of the country. These students are comprised of middle and high school teachers, USAF meteorologists, and television broadcast meteorologists.

* Day Zero was arrival day for the new students. Once everyone arrived, we enjoyed a hearty meal at Rib Crib where they are celebrating Rib Fest this month...a storm chase tradition. Upon leaving the restaurant, we viewed a severe thunderstorm warned storm that had small hail and gusty winds. The night ended with group introductions and our first forecast discussion

* Day 1 brought us to Canyon, TX after a 3 1/2 hour drive west. We made a pit stop at the Palo Duro Canyon which is the second largest canyon in the United States. Athena taught us some valuable geological information about the canyon and it made for a good time for pictures. So, without further ado....... enjoy!

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