Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Day 7 - Chase 2017

Day 7 (5/23/17): Canyon, Texas to Norman, Oklahoma (336 miles; 3124 total for the trip)

Today’s forecast looked relatively grim. SPC outlooks indicated that there would be no severe thunderstorm activity that would be in a drivable range (most activity was predicted to occur around the gulf coast portions of southern Texas). However, at the time this blog post is published, we are currently keeping an eye out for thunderstorm activity to happen on Thursday, May 25th. This day is particularly special because, a low pressure will be descending from the Rocky Mountains of eastern Colorado and will strengthen, providing medium to high amounts of shear. This setup could be prime to spark a severe weather event on Thursday, but for the time being, forecasts are still uncertain. There’ll be more detail about the forecast for Thursday within the next couple of day. 
Though the thunderstorm forecast did look grim, this doesn’t necessarily mean we didn’t do anything at all. The forecast was high for today, in terms of finding cool places to venture to and to unwind/relax. Today, we visited the Palo Duro Canyon State Park, just outside of the small community of Canyon Texas, which was where we were staying. The canyon has been dubbed “The Grand Canyon of Texas”, and is the second largest canyon in the entire US! Before heading into the canyon, we all went to Wal-Mart to stock up on picnic supplies and then headed towards the canyon where we picnicked at the bottom and enjoyed some of the hiking trails that were close by. Overall, it was a fun day, with more exciting adventures to come of course!
Enjoy a selection of photos from the canyon taken by Delaney Sherwood, Visaya Phattaphone, and Gabe Szerlong.

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