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Zorin last won the day on January 30 2014

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About Zorin

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    Mayhem..is WHAT I DO
  • Birthday 11/29/1974

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    1997 Mercury Grand Marquis LS
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    4.6L Romeo V-8

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  1. Zorin

    I'm Still Kicking!

    I know, I know, I should have checked in sooner. But I have been incredibly busy storm chasing. Which is what I came to tell you guys about! First, it's nothing like the TV show, although I have met a team FROM the TV show. I have also been crazy busy taking all the training, both online and in person that I can get my hands on. I have acheived a technical certification in Basic Severe Weather Forecasting, and taken classes on Mesoanalysis, and Radar and Satellite Interpretation, as well as a bunch of fundamental stuff. And, I have chased. Oh, my god, have I chased. Been on 5 chases so far just this season, and gone a whole lot of miles, and even spotted my first tornado....something I honestly didn't expect to do my first year. You can read all about it, and see my pictures, and some videos (there's a great one of me punching a core in the truck) at my blog: Mid America Storm Chasing Tim
  2. I know what you mean. The one I am working on has been neglected, however, maybe I can tie it off tonight. It's also an intermediate level module that has been a real b***h. Tim
  3. Thanks again, Trevor. You know, I am waiting to see some of your accomplishments. I know you were trying to do the Met Ed stuff. Tim
  4. I know, who'd have thunk it? LOL Tim
  5. Zorin

    Tornado Myths

    Regarding driving and tornados....a few tips from a chaser.... 1. If you decide to outrun the storm, be aware that that tornados can move upwards of 60 and 70 miles per hour. DO NOT ATTEMPT to outrun it on a parallel course! Drive as fast as possible at a RIGHT ANGLE! This puts you out of it's path completely. 2. If you DO get caught in a tornado in your vehicle, point the nose of the vehicle into the winds, and let the aerodynamics work for you. Head on winds tend to help push the car down, while crosswinds tend to help lift it. Fasten your seat belt, and lean to the inside of the vehicle, and shelter yourself as well as possible from the windows, which may, or may not shatter. Tim
  6. Thanks, guys. This is just the beginning, too....since February, I have collected certs for NWS Certified Storm Spotter, Principles of Convection (3 of them), and this Severe Weather Forecasting class. There's more coming too. Tim
  7. Zorin

    Kev & Rusty's Hangout

    Why an '81? Honestly, that was a s**tty year for GM, and all carmakers, really. The '81 Olds was the first year for the Computer Command Control system, which acted like s**t, they had the three speed 200 Metric trans, which acted like s**t, and the carburetors, being first year E2ME's and E4MC's had all kinds of issues. Cadi had the V8-6-4, and Ford had the Variable Venture, and the Japanese cars couldn't run unless they had 14 miles of vacuum hose under the hood. 1981......NOT friendly to the motor vehicle. Tim
  8. As some of you know, I have gotten into storm chasing, and I try to do my best at whatever I grab onto..... Well, there's been a LOT of online courses, and last weekend, there was a trip to Norman, OK for some actual sit in the classroom and take notes the jolly old school way. I took a class on Severe Weather Forecasting, and I wound up with...... This bad boy! In case it hard to read, I have achieved technical certification in Basic Severe Weather Forecasting. This place is pretty stringent on grading, so I must have done quite well to make the grade! I also went on my first storm chase Thursday night, nothing too exciting. Saw some rotation, and got a little hail, but it was still great to get out and put what I have learned to use out in the real world. Plus my truck has a few new merit badges, LOL Tim
  9. Zorin

    Big Props To Zorin!

    LOL....some late props for Friday's bad weather....I'll take it! Tim P.S. I made my prediction on Thursday night.
  10. Zorin

    Shifting Gears.....

    Man, I'm actually a little scared to chase in the Dixie Alley. Lots of trees, and hills....very very hard terrain to chase in....you may not know if you are driving right into one! Yeah, I watched the whole southeast get pounded....here's Friday's storm reports. Enjoy leafing thru. http://www.spc.noaa.gov/climo/reports/120302_rpts.html Tim
  11. Zorin

    Shifting Gears.....

    Below the belt...... Tim
  12. Zorin

    Shifting Gears.....

    Rusty, it has been an interest of mine for many years as well. As I said before, my truck will be outfitted with some neat stuff, to help make it both easier, and safer to do. I'm getting a mobile broadband setup for my laptop, and with that, I will have real-time NEXRAD radar in my truck, along with NWS updates. I will get a USGlobalSat GPS puck to integrate with my radar program to show my location, relative to the rotation areas in the storm. Of course, with tools like these, I can find where the hail is falling in the storm, and avoid it! There's some other stuff i want to get for my truck as well....like a roof-mounted anemometer to show wind speed, real-time. What WON'T be happening is setting the cruise control and jumping out to watch my truck go into a tornado.....in the name of science. Devin, you can do it in the Caliber, just as well as I can do it in the truck. However, I am pre-hailstoned, and not terribly concerned (meaning I won't cry myself to sleep) if it picks up another one or two. Tim
  13. Zorin

    Shifting Gears.....

    Have you ever reached a point in your life, and taken a look around, and noticed not what you don't have, but rather what has changed, and what you could now do that you couldn't before? It could be something as simple, as say a new truck. In my case, it is exactly that. Allow me to elaborate. For years, I have been fascinated by various weather phenomena, and living in south Texas, I saw no real shortage of good, powerful s**t, commonly referred to as tropical cyclones, LOL. When I moved to Kansas, one of the larger draws for me was that I was moving into Tornado Alley. But I couldn't DO anything with it, because all the vehicles I owned were too nice to go storm-chasing in. This year, as I am growing tiresome of constantly playing with cars, along comes a dirt-cheap, and street-beat Dodge Ram. As spring approached, it occurred to me, that things are changing in my life, and I have now, a vehicle I could pursue storm chasing with. So, a couple of weeks ago, I made the choice to go for it this season. I have figured out everything the truck should be equipped with to safely do this, and already passed my Skywarn spotter certification, which I will receive on the 13th. In addition, I have found an incredible online learning center that caters to the geosciences community that is completely free of charge. That is why, if you have been on my Facebook, you have seen all the Convective Weather stuff going on. I figured if I am going to do it, I already have some layman's knowledge, I might as well take as many of these courses as I can, and get honestly good at this. There's no real good reason to half-ass a hobby, if you ask me. If you want to see what I am taking, or perhaps take some yourself, the site is: http://www.meted.ucar.edu It's a very informative place to learn all of this stuff, but I will warn you...it's not very easy to do. So, with the Starion up for sale, and technically no longer a hobby, this is where it's going next! Tim
  14. Zorin

    Tomorrow Starts Mardi Gras......

    I'll throw down a shot after work for you! (Actually, it'll be a slam out of my shine.) Tim
  15. Zorin

    Tomorrow Starts Mardi Gras......

    I gave up lint for Lent. All serious though.....I havent done the Lent thing......ever...come to think of it. Tim Sent from my Garmin-Asus Garminfone