One of my distractions from winter weather has been the series of Google Plus Hangouts I’ve hosted regarding past Virginia Tech Stormchase trips. Up until last night’s session the previous ones had featured all student panelists. But since this latest session was focused on the second 2013 trip – which included the infamous El Reno tornado – I decided that this particular Hangout required a unique panel. Thus the all star cast included trip leaders Dave Carroll, Jen Henderson, Dane Webster, and Kevin Myatt.

This being the fifth in this series of @Hokiestorm Hangout discussions it came off almost bug-free as I’ve acquired more experience as the moderator and “chief button pusher” for the effort. The content was very interesting as the discussion was from the trip leaders’ perspectives (vice the students). Dave’s insights are always worth paying attention to given his 20+ years of chasing expertise and the others all provided valuable inputs regarding the process of watching the students develop as chasers.

There was also a brief mention of the 2015 Stormchase trips that will occur in late May into June. Talking about chasing also keeps SDS (supercell deprivation syndrome) at bay!!