Not to get too off topic but I like to try to plan other things to enjoy if I will be on an extended chase vacation away from home, such as digging for fossils, seeing the sights, or just snoozing in a nice hotel room. Otherwise, since good synoptic setups are rare I have largely modified my chasing in recent couple years to pursue targets of very good opportunity only, ignoring dodgy setups like today, and I either work or spend down days doing something at home. To me no sense commiting to a long period of chasing when the odds are only a few days will line up the ingredients for a worthwhile chase. The last few years the jet stream is apparently broken for chasing over good terrain, so you either need a tactic to take the subtler setups when you can, or yea maybe it isn't a good activity to pursue if it causes more grief than fun. I still love getting out there and even one good day, like yesterday in Nebraska, can make a season feel good.Well it’s amazing how a two week chase vacation starts with promise and then all hope is lost in the blink of an eye. A couple of good days to start this past Sun and Mon, a day off on Tue, a massive forecast fail targeting SW KS on Wed, but hey there are still 10 days left!!! Oh, wait, today sucks, maybe some NM table scraps over Memorial Day Weekend, and then you can basically put Chase Vacation Week Two in the crapper with a west coast ridge and northwest flow across the Plains. Amazing how it all vaporizes so fast, after all the hope and anticipation. Anybody else ever ask themselves if it’s worth investing so much time, money and emotion in a hobby where we have almost no control over our experiences??? I guess if I lived out here and took the good days when they were available it would be OK, but these chase vacations are starting to feel ridiculous. I suspect I will be heading home just after Memorial Day and saving the money and the vacation time.
Even in a bad year, June into July is almost assured to have a couple one off opportunities somehwere in the central or northern plains if you can make yourself available. Last July, the least active year I can remember, there was a great structure day in Wyoming. If you live far from those types of days or you cannot take shorter trips to chase, that might be a challenge, but the opportunities will be there. With the jet stream like it is and most forecasts dependent on shortwaves or split flow, looking out too far is not good for planning when to chase.