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Chase The Wind!: A StormChaser's Diary. (Part Three)
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Sunday, October 04, 2009

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Another installment from "Tornado Joe" Dorman, our intrepid "Storm Hunter". Today finds him in Cajun Country, in South Louisiana, where severe weather is possible.

Image (C) 2009, Karla Dorman.

Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, Sunday, October 4, 2009~

Howdy from Louisiana's Bayou Country!  Tornado Joe  here.  We are here in Louisiana because there might be some action later:  severe weather possible here, including the threat of tors, damaging winds, and large hail.

We got here late last night.  So far, not much, but there is definitely the signs of severe weather here:  oppressively humid, some sun to destabilize things, gusty south winds, bringing in more moisture, and aloft turning of the winds with height.  (Shear.) 

Calendar says it's October; it feels more like mid July, with dewpoints runnin' into the seventies and the air saturated with moisture.  Any storms that do pop here could quickly turn nasty, including the threat of supercells, the baddest of the bad.

We might get more than Cajun food or dancing here once those storms take off like gangbusters!  As they say down here, "Laissez les bon temps rouler!" ("Let the good times roll!")

Since there's not been much action since we got here yesterday, we've been taking it easy.  Even managed to go to church, then had lunch (the church we went to had a "dinner on the grounds"); lunch consisted of barbeque beef brisket (my favorite!), yams, tomato-and-lettuce salad, home-made rolls, and for dessert, peach cobbler.  I am still full; had six plates full!  LOL *Burrrrp*  LOL

After church/"dinner-on-the-grounds", we ("we" being my partners Jake and Tobias, plus myself) came back to our motel, where we've been letting our bellies flop around all afternoon.  Wonder if there's gonna be any storms later.

Oh, YAY!  Oh, joy!  There just might be:  the SPC just put our area under a tor watch until 11-12 tonight; conditions are favorable for storm development, including the possibility of supercells carrying tors, large hail, and damaging downburst winds.  So we might get some serious storm chasing in.

I will write in here in a few days; we are going to go to Mulate's for a few pre-storm Coke Classics and Cajun music (wanted beer, but need to stay sober in case the weather gets serious later on!; don't need fuzzy heads!); my partner Jake Duchon is as Cajun as they come; this is his home turf; he wants us to show what Cajun culture is all about.  Until then, take care; this is Tornado Joe Dorman signing off!  Expect a full report from me in a day or so; stay tuned!

~"Tornado" Joe Dorman. 

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Reviewed by Georg Mateos 10/5/2009
A job chasing storms can be compared to go chasing dreams, now and then we are lucky and catch one of them.
Now, when you catch a storm...what you do with it???!!! LOL


Reviewed by Paul Berube 10/5/2009
Great follow up story, Karen.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 10/4/2009

Well done, and love that image! =]

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 10/4/2009
That must be one exciting job chasing storms...well done!
peace, Carole~
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 10/4/2009
Great story, thank u for sharing
In Christs Love

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