OK, everyone, 2017 is coming to an end, so it's time to post your 2017 chase statistics. Here are mine - read 'em and weep, as it was definitely a sub-par year for me. Still some good days, though, and aside from some bonehead decisions on my part, a couple days could have been better than they ended up. Severe thunderstorm chase days:11 Thundersnow chase days: 5 (2 successful) Tornadoes seen: 2 definite (but not photogenic), three possible Tornado days: 1 definite (May 18), 1 possible (June 25) States chased in active chase mode: CO, NM, KS States chased through: OK, TX Biggest hail on ground: 2" (NM, May 22) Biggest hail falling: 1" or slightly larger (NM, May 22 and June 25) Most photogenic storm: Near Wagon Mound, NM, June 25. Best thundersnow: Tie between May 10 and September 30, both around Wolf Creek Pass, CO. Total chase mileage: 4191 (This is for the severe thunderstorm chase days. Another 100-200 in local lightning photography outings and local thundersnow chases.) Mishaps: More of those than photogenic tornadoes this year. On May 8, nearly got stuck in mud at one point and nearly went off road and narrowly missed a mailbox at another point. See lesson 1 below. On two days, battled gout, to the point of having to drive in a slipper because I could not wear a shoe. And on July 13, somehow managed to lose the cable on my lightning trigger. Fortunately not the trigger or the camera. I now have a spare cable. Lessons learned: 1. If there is a paved road and one that you know will change to unpaved, take the paved one. Even if the unpaved one seems a better route to the storm you are after. 2. If you ignored #1 and took the unpaved one, keep your eyes on the road more than the storm. 3. Gout really hurts. Enough to ruin your chase. 4. Don't make impulsive decisions. 5. If choosing between several nearby storms, take the one with the best warm, moist inflow. 6. Even if they don't produce a tornado, New Mexico storms will usually give you something photogenic. 7. Pay attention to lessons learned in previous years. Several of the ones above are ones I seem to have to re-learn every year.