Saturday, April 9, 2011

04/08/11 Hail

Burning fields.  More Hail.  I know, I know, it's not coincidence.
Semi monster hail (baseball size) in Rose Hill did a number on cars including the police department's.
I'm just saying give some particulate matter for the moisture to hold on to, let it do it merry little up-and-down dance, then fall solid.  Once again, I know, it's been proven it doesn't happen like that.

 The sky did get that odd orange look to it last night.  Tornado Warnings stayed south of the Oklahoma border except for a brief one after dark north of Emporia.

Like I said, a lot of field burning is going on at the moment, which always makes the sky a little murky.  We were mainly running around Butler CO. looking at one of the storms.  We headed to Augusta and decided to bail in midtrip due to some of the hail reports.  We turned around, made it to K-254 and ended up between Towanda and Benton when the hail hit us after dark.  Huge rain shaft on the storm.  Started seeing hail and decided to pull off on a side road when it began to hail.  Just a reminder, if you get caught in a hail storm on the highway and you decide to pull over, don't just stop in the middle of the road.  It makes you a target.  I mentioned this on my call to the radio station.  If you stop on the highway, pull over.  Someone behind you will arrive shortly freaking out that the hail is destroying their car and rear end you at a high rate of speed.  Also stay out from under bridges.  If you're not a troll, you don't belong.
I don't know if I'm happy with my Sony DSC-W350.  The tech is awesome on the camera but low light photos (Hello, storm chasers) come out noisy.  I'm going to play with it a little longer.  I think it's an awesome day to day great point and shoot, but maybe not for my hobby.  I do like the grittiness of the photos below.  I just don't want it in more of my important shots.  I use a Sony DSC-V3 in the field and am very happy with it.  I just want to increase my MP size.  I know, I'm comparing a $135 point and shoot to a $700 semi-pro model.  Hey Sony?  Want me to try some new equipment?

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