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All Aboard!

23/03/2019 Posted by admin

A lover of the sun, we usually choose
vacations in places warmer than home.  This spring, though, we set
sail on the Disney Wonder for Alaska. 
The Morgans were taking on the Last Frontier.  Instead of soaking up
the sun, we were breathing in the crisp, cool Alaskan air.   

I wasn’t too stressed about travelling
with the baby, but I did want to make sure I had enough warm clothes.. so I
pretty much brought all of her warm clothes.  It was excessive.  A
former minimalist packer, this was way overboard.  I guess she didn’t
really need 4 toques… but hey, what if three got lost?   

From the second you board a Disney
cruise, you are treated like gold.  From amazing shows to fabulous food
and incredible views of Alaska’s
inside passage, we really loved it.  The only low point for Brooklyn was day one when she didn’t get her regular naps
and she was a bit startled by the loud noises, but she adapted quickly and was
an awesome sailor the rest of the way.  The only low point for my husband
Greg came after several days of following his rule of ordering two entrees

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per supper, one evening we thought we might lose him to gluttony. 
Thankfully he recovered and was able to indulge again.  For me, I forgot
the camera on board when we went to Juneau,
a lover of scrapbooking, I was disappointed to not be able to take the abundance
of pictures I normally would.  However, our co-travellers, the lovely
Meyers family (you know Derek from Global Sports fame)  came through and
took some pictures for us.  So really, everything turned out awesome. 

We LOVE Disney.. so while Brooklyn will have no memory of her first meeting with
Mickey, I loved seeing her meet the princesses and Mickey and Minnie
Mouse.  

For those wanting some insight on
travelling to Alaska
on a cruise.  It’s worth it at any age. I would say don’t book shore
excursions through the cruiseline though, you can do it the day of when you
disembark for way cheaper.  A helicopter ride over the glacier followed by
dog mushing would be an amazing experience.. but it’s a $500 dollar touch. 
We paid a cab driver to take us off the beaten path and had a fabulous time
seeing the Alaskan wilderness and a former gold mine. 

   

 

 

An End to My Trip-Devastation in Joplin, MO

23/03/2019 Posted by admin

We have been chasing storms in the US Plains for the last 10 days and our trip has almost come to an end. We are actually stuck in Denver, CO due to a major flight delay out of Tulsa, OK. Can you guess why? Yes, weather delays. There are still many severe thunderstorms that are moving through the eastern plains and into the Ohio Valley. These storms are very charged and dangerous. There were reports of 8 tornados in Oklahoma alone yesterday. We had to take shelter in our hotel last night as the tornado sirens roared through Tulsa, OK. It was very scary. I will post video of this at some point this week.

May 22, 2011 our targeted area (the area with the most potential for tornados) was Joplin, MO. We decided last minute to change our direction and head into southern Oklahoma because it was a little closer. Am I ever glad we chose to do this. An EF5 mile wide, wedge tornado ripped through this city of 50,000 people destroying everything in a 6 mile path. We were immediately sent on behalf of our national station (Global National) to cover this story. I have never done anything like this before. I was completely horrified with what I saw. Here is a video of what it looks like in Joplin when I wasthere day after the tornado.

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Now, I am on my way back home after an experience that I will never forget. I have learned so much about the power of these storms, how to better forecast and warn people of these storms and what it is like to witness everything as you know it be completely destroyed in less than 1 minute. Stay safe out there and my heart goes out to the people who lost everything in Joplin, MO.

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On Our Way to A Tragic Scene: Joplin, Mo

23/03/2019 Posted by admin

After a very educational and beneficial storm chase with Greg Johnson and team for the last week we have had to end our trip abruptly. This is due to the fact that a large tornado has wiped out parts of Joplin, Mo and we are currently required to help out Global National with providing coverage and updates over the next few days reguarding this storm. This tornado has been described as 3/4 miles wide and had the same type of wedge structure as the Tuscaloosa, Al tornado on April 27, 2011. This supercell storm produced what is known as a right moving tornado. There were clear indications on the radar of a hook echo (a distinguishable radar signature weather experts look for). Once this was seen the people of Joplin had 20 minutes to react. The result on the evening of May 22, 2011 was mass destruction for parts of this city of approximately 50 000 people.

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Myself and Martin Weaver (Global Regina videographer) are currently staying just south-west of Joplin approximately 20 minutes away. Last night when driving to our hotel we passed a convoy of emergency vehicles on their way to aid in this catastrophe. This morning when we woke up around 7am there was a severe warned storm headed directly for Joplin as well as the area that we’re in. I have never seen the sky quite as dark as I did this morning. This of course would be the absolute worse situation for the people in Joplin who were working endlessly though the night and today to rescue victims.

We will be reporting LIVE there on Global National this evening (5:30 EST) and also for Global Regina on the Evening News at 6pm. Please stay tuned to my twitter account: jwhittalglobal for updates throughout the day.

I know I’m in for a tough emotional day, I have never been on the scene of something like this before. I can’t imagine what this day will bring. My eyes tear up when I think of what these people have had to endure over the last 12-24 hours. My thoughts are with everyone affected. Greg Johnson and the rest of the team are offering their assistance with search and rescue when we arrive there very shortly.

Sensational Kansas Supercell.

23/03/2019 Posted by admin

A great day 5 of our chase. We started out in Salina, KS bright and early and met at the continental breakfast area at our Day’s Inn. We talked with the team that we’ve been chasing with from Raleigh NC about the models and we all came up fairly empty handed. Due to the storms yesterday the atmosphere was very disorganized and really had no parameters that we needed to create a strong cells. Our primary focus (and our only real hope) would be that storms develop along the dry line (an area that separates moist from dry air) that can sometimes act like a mini cold front. It can add as a lifting mechanism in the atmosphere. This, is precisely what happened. We made it as far west as Pratt, KS and on the way stopped to shoot a very photogenic supercell. We did that for a about 20 mins before it started to move towards us, so we dipped south and intercepted another storm that was rotating before our eyes…Greg shot this on a time lapse to showcase it’s movement.

We stopped at a Holiday Inn Express to see if they would mind us borrowing their internet wi-fi connection to shoot a LIVE skype interview with Global Regina’s Evening news. It was so nice to talk to the team all the way from Kansas! During the interview we encountered hail, wind and a ton of lightning that we ended up shooting for nearly two hours right til dark. I did an update with Global Regina for the 10 pm news with a very charged night sky behind me.

Tomorrow is Missouri…targeting Joplin to start the day off

Oh, did I mention we met the cutest puppy on the face of the earth today? Check out these photos:)

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We Are Not in Oklahoma Anymore…

23/03/2019 Posted by admin

We left Alva, OK this morning with thought that we would see a tornado and we did. What I learned today is that quick decisions in storm chasing are imperative. If you wait to long you will miss something for sure.

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We knew that the best play for us today would be Kansas, so we made our way north to Pratt, KS by about noon. We saw this cute little motel that looked like it would have a wifi connection that we could use to look at the models and data a lot quicker than our rocket stick in the truck. Once we got there we met this lovely elderly lady who talked to us about local storms, warning systems and how they prepare the hotel guests for storms. They all go into a banquet hall where there are no windows. While there, we met a great team of storm chasers from North Carolina, one guy works for the National Weather Service. We compared surface maps and decided to track north to catch a few storms that were starting to take shape. We saw some impressive cloud heights on the way and it looked like it could possibly rotate, but as we went north where we though the storms would have the most available energy they simply did not get going. We changed our path to the east hoping to intercept something from the north, no go on that one either. It kinda fell apart on the radar, not enough shear for it to rotate. Weak reflectivity as well. The next cell that we decided to chase happened really quickly…it grew rapidly and started to show three areas of shear and we were really fascinated with a large rotating wall cloud in Minneapolis. This is the cell that dropped a tornado in front of us. I was not scared, I was in awe.

Tomorrow has a 30% chance of storms developing into eastern Kansao, Missouri and into Arkansas area. We will be tracking them.