Weather Wednesday: Boredom and Excitement

Ricky Rainbow

Great shot by Ricky Forbes!

Hey Everyone!  I’ve been pretty quiet on the weather posts lately as it’s been SOOO incredibly boring up here.  We’ve had a few cracks of thunder and a bit of lightning but, for a storm-enthusiast, it’s getting pretty frustrating.  I think I’m going through storm withdrawal.  Is that a thing?  Storm depression?  Anyhow, though the storms are non-existent up here there are still some great chasers to watch in parts of Canada and the US.  I’m surviving on live stream footage right now.  Ugh.  I sure hope that with all this heat, we see something!  Okay, there’s the boredom part of this post.  Now… on to the excitement.

You’ve heard me talk about them before (and you’ll hear it again), but one of my favourite local chase teams is doing something really exciting!  No, they aren’t taking me out chasing, this is something for everyone!

Team Tornado Hunter are doing a show on CMT!  I got to preview the trailer yesterday and it looks like it’s going to be awesome!!  Check out the trailer here:

This is my second year watching these guys chase and I love it.  Not only do they keep the hours of driving entertaining with their banter, insults and chatting with those of us watching the live feed, they also deliver quality and exciting chase moments.  We had a stormy day here this summer, sadly not near me, and it looked like the guys were out of position.  They were commenting on how it might be a bust day, but then decided to check out a cell that had just appeared on radar.

The chase was on and those of us who were watching settled in for what we hoped would be an amazing show.  Well, we sure weren’t disappointed!  Soon the lightning began, the rain came and suddenly we were hearing ‘Do you hear that?’ as Greg spoke to the guys.  The pulse-pounding, adrenalin-filled moments came when the live feed became intermittent (storms are really good at killing reception) and we were only able to get glimpses of the action.  Rain pounding horizontally across the road, debris blowing, Ricky taking the truck into a ditch as the storm got really intense.  Nothing like spotty data reception to make your watchers want to pull their hair out.  The night ended in the guys stuck in a farmers field, having gotten off track.  At 2 am, those of us still watching began sending out messages to anyone and everyone who might be in the area to get the guys out.  I debated hopping in our 4×4 Blazer and driving out to see what I could do.  They were about 3 hours away at the time and I figured they’d be well out by the time I got there.  It was an awesome day to watch!

Here’s the video of this chase with a surprise that we didn’t get to see on the live feed:

If they have data reception in the area they are chasing, these are the guys to watch!

I’m so excited to see their new series and I know it will be a blast to watch!  Make sure to mark August 18th on your calender and see these guys in action on CMT!

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Are you looking forward to seeing ‘Tornado Hunters’?  

Here’s the link to ‘Tornado Hunters’ on CMT!

P.S. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Greg Johnson!  Have a great day, Greg.

~Sarah

My First Chase!

Okay, I’m not 100% sure that you can technically call this a storm chase when I just had to drive a few minutes out of my own city, but I consider it a chase because I left my house and went out of the city to see it.  (I’ve been told it’s more like storm spotting!)

Whatever it was, it was awesome!!  I could not have asked for a better storm to hit off the season with.  I didn’t get to see a tornado or even a funnel (I don’t think…) but there was a lot of awesome in this storm.

Storm 1First of all, the thunder was continual!  When I say continual, I mean it.  I hardly saw any lightning strike the ground but I never heard a break in the thunder.  It was awesome.  There must have been a ton of intracloud lightning up there.  I’m convinced that the view from above this storm would have been awesome too!  As I sat in the field (in my vehicle) I was enthralled to see this small cloud, below the giant ‘mothership’ cloud, was rotating.  It was amazing!  I’ve never seen such motion in person.  I watch a lot of live feeds from storm chasers in the field but this was amazing to see in person.  For about half an hour I watched this storm rotate.  Soon it began to become disorganized and I could see that the rotation was slowing.  Then the rain swept in.  I was way too close to a pretty intense flash of lightning and decided that my day in the field had ended and so I headed home.  Even when I got home the rotation had nearly gone but was still visible.  It was too close to my house for me to want it to still drop a tornado, but it was still neat to watch until it ended.  Then, at the tail end of this storm, I also got to see a double rainbow.  Very cool!  I just wanted to share this cool experience and write it down in case I forget down the road… which is doubtful.  Here’s the awesome rotating cloud in this massive supercell!

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Have you ever had a cool storm experience?  Do you chase?  I’d love to hear your stories!!
~Sarah

 

Weather Wednesday ~ Intense

Lightning and lava bombs! 

WOW!  Okay, this photograph is AMAZING!!  I was breathless just looking at it.  Pretty sure I would not have been brave enough to get this close but, boy, was Martin ever rewarded for it!

Please check out Martin’s website by clicking on the photo!  There’s even more awesomeness over there!

What do you think of this image?  Pretty intense isn’t it?  Would you have been brave enough to face the lightning and lava bombs?!

~Sarah

Weather Wednesday

Photo by Craig HiltsPrairie Fire Photography

This beautiful image comes from Craig Hilts at

Prairie Fire Photography.

To see his amazing work, click on the photo!

(I currently have 3 of his photos in my home!)

~Sarah

 

‘Angel Eyes’ by Shannon Dittemore ~ Book Review

Once you’ve seen, you can’t unsee. Everything changes when you’ve looked at the world through . . .

ANGEL EYES

Brielle’s a ballerina who went to the city to chase her dreams and found tragedy instead. She’s come home to shabby little Stratus, Oregon, to live with her grief and her guilt . . . and the incredible, numbing cold she can’t seem to shake.

Jake’s the new guy at school. The boy next door with burning hands and an unbelievable gift that targets him for corruption.

Something more than fate has brought them together. An evil bigger than both of them lurks in the shadows nearby, hiding in plain sight. Two angels stand guard, unsure what’s going to happen. And a beauty brighter than Jake or Brielle has ever seen is calling them to join the battle in a realm where all human choices start.

A realm that only angels and demons—and Brielle—can perceive.

I was riveted, captivated and drawn into ‘Angel Eyes’ more than I have been in a long time.

Okay, I’m honestly not sure how many times I can say OH MY GOODNESS in this review before I lose you.  So…. I’ll say it once more and be done… OH MY GOODNESS!

I’ve just recently became aware of this wonderful author.  Shannon is a delight to tweet and Facebook with!  I bought ‘Angel Eyes’ and added it to my ‘To Be Read’ pile (which is about 40 books deep) and placed it just under the last two book I’ve reviewed.  I always love to read books by people I’ve had some interaction with.  It seems to make the reading of the book even richer!

So, I turn on my Kobo and sit down to delve into this book by this great author I’ve begun to chat with.  OH MY…. sorry.  I mean,WOW!  Almost from page one, I was sucked into this amazing story.

Brielle’s world has been shattered.  She’s on the verge of shattering herself.  She is just barely keeping it together.  She tries to return to normalcy, but the cold and guilt won’t go away.  Brielle is so human and it resonated in me.  She isn’t a super hero, she has regular abilities… just like me.

Jake is the new guy.  He seems so calm and put together and he somehow he has the ability to warm the deep chill in her spirit.  He seems to appear wherever she is.

Brielle is content to push everyone away, but something about Jake keeps drawing her in.  Is it just that he’s cute?  Is it the unexpected, shocking gift?  Or is it even more than that?

Forces greater than both of them are in play and if they aren’t careful, they will both fall to the enemy.

Shannon has a way of writing that is so personal.  I felt as though I was Brielle.  I love the first person point of view!  (I used to write that way myself and have a fondness for it)  I could almost feel the cold when Brielle was describing it.  I felt my heart racing at her panic.  Shannon has a wonderfully descriptive way of writing.  I felt like I was seeing everything in front of my own eyes.

The forces of good and evil in this book held my attention.  The point of view from the Angels is magnificent.  I felt an almost overwhelming desire and longing to be one of the blessed ones who sit and work in the direct presence of the King.  I pitied those who chose to abandon Him.

It was nearly physically painful to put this book down when I didn’t know what would happen to Brielle, Jake or their angelic guardians.

I enjoyed this book immensely.  There are almost no words for how much I enjoyed ‘Angel Eyes’!  It is a heart-pounding, jaw dropping read that I will be adding to the rotation of books I re-read once a year (at least!).

Thank-you Shannon for a beautifully written journey into Brielle and Jakes world!  I’m sad that I didn’t find out about your wonderful book sooner, but I am so glad to know that I don’t have to wait long for ‘Broken Wings’!!  Even two months is going to feel sooooo long!

5/5 stars!!  It almost doesn’t seem like enough!

Get your copy of Angel Eyes HERE!

~Sarah

Have you read ‘Angel Eyes’?  What did you think?

You can find Shannon on Facebook, Twitter and here at her website:  http://shannondittemore.com/