the countdown is on

For those who feel the jaws of SDS clamping down these days, I posted a java applet on my front page. Many chasers consider their season to start well before May, but I have to use May 1 (if I'm lucky and get school wrapped up in time).

So for a nonstop countdown to the 13Z SWODY1 on May 1, 2005:

http://cycloneroad.com

Amos
 
Thanks for the reminder! :lol: But come hell and high water, I intend to have logged miles long before that counter reaches 0!!! Muah hahahaha!
 
Thanks for the reminder! :lol: But come hell and high water, I intend to have logged miles long before that counter reaches 0!!! Muah hahahaha!

Im a very antsy person...and I actually consider the "Season" to begin March 1st. Its the start of meteorlogical spring...and does usually yield a couple events, big or small. Its not the biggest month, or even a very big month at all for chaseable events, but, it does signify the start. Plus...when you consider March 1st...its only 34 days away :)
 
Well, I leave for my chase chase vacation on April 28th, so I have 93 days left to go, LOL.

Just wait and see... I bet March will have a major outbreak! :eek:

..Nick..
 
Well, I leave for my chase chase vacation on April 28th, so I have 93 days left to go, LOL.

Just wait and see... I bet March will have a major outbreak! :eek:

..Nick..

Maybe not a "major" outbreak but definitely some chase opportunities. especially south of the red river as usual. Can you say Throckmorton :wink:

I always have 1 or 2 good chases in march and definitely in april even though the storms do move at 50kts. I like the idea of the countdown Amos just think for us lucky ones down south it will be chase time way before we hit 0:00:00 We need a countdown to the chase convention first since it will be our first relief of SDS
 
Lol...
I agree with Andrew...March 1 is the most important day of the year :D ! Spring break starts March 12 and a bit of convection sometime that week would be so nice...even if it is a crapfest squall line (I don't to be greedy :wink: ).
Did see some early signs of spring on campus today...a couple of dandilions AND a daffodil in bloom :shock: :shock:
Bring on the puffy, twirly clouds!!!! :D
Angie
 
Countdown

I to am counting down the days till March 1st! I called my doctor and asked what he could prescribe me to help ease my SDS-answer:

BEER and re runs of Storm Stories!! :wink:
 
Re: Countdown

I to am counting down the days till March 1st! I called my doctor and asked what he could prescribe me to help ease my SDS-answer:

BEER and re runs of Storm Stories!! :wink:

LOL... While the beer might not give you a hangover, Storm Stories definately will!!!
 
I'm more fond of Daylight Saving Time than with March 1st or the beginning of spring. The atmosphere certainly doesn't vary with the time change, but my work and class schedule certainly do! Plus, by that time, big time moisture is finally being realized (as opposed to the paltry Tds of early spring).

Here's to spring! :D

Gabe
 
I tend to side with those who name March 1st as the starting point. Usually by that time of year, some locations within the Southern Plains or across the South has experienced some severe weather.

And for all intents and purposes, it is Spring to me when I flip that February page of the calendar over to reveal March.

Of course April and May are usually far better for my general area. But hey, we need a somewhat active, yet usually slower month to get us started and serve as an appetizer. March seems as good as any time to meet this standard. Plus, using March is a much better psychological boost than May, since it allows us to see a light at the end of the tunnel and get through the horrible months of January and February.

-George
 
There are two definitions of chase season since becoming a student again. The pre-finals chase season begins whenever I get in my car for the first time in an attempt to see a storm, usually sometime in late February. The real chase season will start really late for me this year after my last final on May 13th. :(
 
I like opening acts in March and April, too. If I can keep myself from chasing either of those two months it will be the first time in many years. Not likely.

But May.....lol.

May is when the circus comes to town.
 
Truthfully I could of said Jan 12 was my start to storm season but thats really not true, but it was a fun time. saw some lightning and a wonderful shelf cloud just south of Gary IN. of course no TORs. The XM WX did give a few SCIT markers though one was almost right on top of us.

Any way I'd say March 1st, to be the first day of Storm Season

Amos i thought you were saying you might not start till Mid May this year. Do i hear some hopeful thinking about the end of School ahead.
 
Kurt,

Since I graduate in May, it might be very hard for me to get out of here before mid-May, yes. I'm going to try, but it's possible I'll be made to stay until some paperwork or ceremony or other nonsense is completed. That's a trauma I can't handle thinking about right now--LOL. May 1 is about as far away as I can stand.

AM
 
I've noticed that storm season tends to move.

February & March - storms across the Deep South, Mississippi, Alabamba, Georgia, maybe Tennesee and the Carolinas.

March - the pattern moves west towards Arkansas, Louisiana, E. Texas.

April - Southern Plains up into Kansas and Colorado.

May - still focused on Southern Plains, but grows north and east.

June - tapers off in Southern Plains, but still strong from Nebraska and east to Great Lakes.

Of course, storms go where they will, when they will. This is just what I've generally noticed about where and when the most activity occurs.
 
The time of the peak definitely varies by region and from year to year, but it's no contest, May is the best bet for the most and the best (generally more isolated, slower moving, etc.) storms over a huge area of the Plains (and elsewhere). Almost everyone makes their chase vacations in May. Certainly storms can and do occur anytime throughout the year, but May 1 heralds the bulk of the chase season.

Hoperfully after finals rush in early May ;-)

Scott
 
I was just telling folks around the station it's about time to start paying attention to the forecasts again. :wink: Although I get watches/warnings by email at home and work (and have InterWarn running to page them to me) year-round, I actually start my storm season routine sometime between Feb 15 and March 1, depending on how storm season is progressing in the south (it's a bit late this year).

Now when it comes to class, I'm glad I have the online option...all my courses each spring are online, so I have flexibilty for storm season :D
 
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