Sunday, May22, 2011
This week I begin chasing in earnest as a driver and guide for Storm Chasing Adventure Tours. I’m looking forward to sharing the driving duties with my friend Matt Amesz from Perth, Australia. There were no storms to chase today within reasonable driving distance from our home base in Amarillo, Texas, so the morning hours were spent visiting Palo Duro Canyon State Park, about 20 miles south of Amarillo. Palo Duro Canyon is the second largest canyon in the US (about 120 miles long and up to 20 miles wide at places) and is known as The Grand Canyon of Texas. The Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red River has exposed beautiful layers of red, brown, and white Permian age rocks that contrast nicely with the green of desert trees, cacti, and shrubs. Later in the day, we drove to Woodward, OK to get in position to chase storms that are anticipated to form in central Oklahoma. Today’s drive covered 262 miles, which is likely to be the shortest drive of the week.