Day 8 (5/24/17): Norman, Oklahoma to Liberal, Kansas (321 miles; 3445 total for the trip)
Once again there were no storms in the area to chase; all the severe weather was down in the southeastern part of the United States. We helped Megan Matheus celebrate her 22nd birthday at our morning briefing with an awesome rendition of Happy Birthday and cupcakes. We then made our way to Weather Decision Technologies located at the Innovation Hub on the University of Oklahoma's campus. WDT is a private weather company that produces a radar app that we use while chasing and also has a operational branch that provides weather support for thousands of clients around the world. Dr. Frye's contact at WDT works in the operational branch, so we were able to tour their facility and hear about the weather support activities they provide.
We then headed to the OU bookstore and most people bought some souvenirs for themselves or family and friends back home. We grabbed some lunch at a local BBQ establishment and then hung out at a park in Norman before our afternoon tour of the National Weather Center. During our tour at NWC, we were able to see OU research and classroom facilities, the research vehicle fleet, the National Severe Storms Lab, the Storm Prediction Center, the Hazardous Weather Testbed, and the National Weather Service Norman offices. The tour was very informative and enjoyed by all. We ended our day by making our way to the northwest to Liberal, Kansas to set up for a chase day tomorrow in eastern Colorado/western Kansas.
No additional photos from today's activities will be included here. To see some pictures from our tour of WDT and NWC please visit our Facebook or Twitter pages (https://www.facebook.com/UWWhitewaterWeatherhawks or https://twitter.com/UWWWeatherhawks).