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Chase The Wind!: A Storm Chaser's Diary. (Part One)
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Sunday, September 06, 2009

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A storm chaser looks for "the perfect storm".

Image (C) 2009, Karla Dorman. (No relation to "Tornado Joe" Dorman, although her hobby kind of inspired this story.) :D

Sunday, September 6, 2009, Tampico, Montana, 9:02 p.m., M.T.~

Dear Journal~

It's starting to look nasty towards the north:  lightning, frequent, jagged streaks of bright white-blue light, rips the dark of the nighttime sky, and the wind is picking up fast. 

There is currently a severe thunderstorm warning north of us; the storms are coming our way, at 25-30 mph, with sixty-mile-an-hour mph winds, extremely heavy rains, vivid lightning (no kidding there, folks!), and hail up to the size of nickels to quarters.

Batten down the hatches!  Best get to shelter, quick, before the storms start pounding on your back door!!

These storms mean business!

Jake, my bud, is currently trying to get the radar working:  for some reason, it's on the fritz.  Not good.  He's cursing up a blue streak; I'm starting to get worried.  What if the storm catches us (or those in its path) off guard?  Not good, not good at all!

Later, roughly around 10: 45 p.m., M.T.:

Our storm has passed on through; a stiff, northerly wind is blowing, and the rains are lessening, even as I type this.  No real damage except for shattered nerves, small cracks in the windshield, soaked chasers, and small twigs, leaves, etc.  A small blessing in disquise:  it could have been a much worse scenario than it was; I thank God for His protecting hand on us as we chased this storm.

Who knows what the Lord (or mother nature) has in store tomorrow?  Will have to check in to the convective outlooks at in the a.m. and find out.  We shall see what we shall see.

Well, since the storm is overwith and done, I will write in here again.  Pray for a good storm, replete with tornadoes, high, damaging, downburst winds, extremely heavy rains, large hailstones, and above all, plenty of good old ripsnorting lightning; we could use some excitement here in storm chaser land! 

Considering this year was mainly a "bust" (due to a "death ridge" that's gripped a good part of the Plains states for much of the spring and summer), we welcome these storms with open arms.

Thanks in advance; we storm chasers hunger for the "perfect storm":  it's our livlihood.

If there's no storm, we don't chase.  Pure and simple.  Can't be any plainer than that!

~Sincerely, "Tornado Joe"  (Joe Dorman).

*To be continued.* 

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Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 9/9/2009
A great picture by Karla! I really enjoyed this story line. It takes the reader there and gives us a look into a different world of the storm chaser!...M
Reviewed by Micki Peluso 9/8/2009
Dear Karen,

Great story!! At least someone loves the 'perfect storms' and works to keep the rest of us safe!!What an interesting, if frightening job--these guys must thrive on adrenaline rushes!!

Love n' stuff

Micki Peluso
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 9/8/2009
Now, someone tell me after chasing a storm and caught it...what you do with it?!!!!! LOL


Reviewed by Cindy Tuttle 9/7/2009
Joe has a heck of a lot more courage than I do! Nice story Karen.

With Love,
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 9/7/2009
Who knows what the Lord (or mother nature) has in store tomorrow?

Who knows, indeed, Tornado Joe,
But we now know, you will Go!
Reviewed by Patricia Smith 9/7/2009
Hi Karen,
Exciting story as usual. Will be looking toward the other parts. While my son chases and was chasing when the f-5 hit Normon, Ok. Me, I say noooooooo. When a bad storm comes, I go to the lowest part of my home. Which is under my bed. lol
Have a great labor day.
Patricia Smith
Author of Fore-Warned
Reviewed by Inspire Hope 9/7/2009
Powerful write and vey interesting Karen! Be encouraged and may the Lord continue to sustain you in all that you are going through! Keep on writing, you are blessing many!!! Yes you are a blessing to me!!

Love And Prayers
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 9/7/2009
Karen, such a change for you, I think...and that is what makes you a good writer. Nice to have a sister to inspire your writing!
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 9/6/2009

You took off in a whole new direction with this 'un - glad I could (kind of) be the inspiration behind "Tornado" Joe Dorman's character! Appreciate it. But: unlike Joe: when tors or lg hail in the forecast, I turn a deeper shade of chicken! LOL Well done. =]

(((HUGS))) and love, your PorchChasin' twin sis, Karla *StormSpinner* Dorman. =]
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 9/6/2009
Wow a powerful write, and a little different from what you normally write, but I love it
In Christs Love
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 9/6/2009
The positive side to the "death ridge" is fewer storms and less destruction. Less chasin' but that's a good thing. Patrick

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