Monday, May 18, 2009

Chase Trip 2009 POSTPONED (5/18)

My yearly chase trip to the Central USA, with great regret, has been CANCELLED / POSTPONED. This is in response to conflicting work schedules and (most notably) a very quiet and inactive pattern over most of the Central United States due to a persistent thermal ridge over that area (high-pressure aloft).

There are basically two options ... Take the chase trip and wait about a week and hope a trough (low pressure aloft) moved into the Western US (after the ridge breaks down), or second, cancel / postpone the trip, wait for activity to increase, and then head out for a shorter (but more promising trip).

I have chose the latter. Most likely, late May / early June will hopefully bring better chase prospects. The reservations for the Dallas flight on May 21 were changed for a California trip in July (with big fees to change the tickets). For more information on the status of the 2009 chase trip, please refer to the link provided for it below ...

Sea-Doo RXP-X - 255 HP (4/17)

I got hold of one of the new 2008 Sea-Doo RXP-X 255 HP watercraft in April 2009 using most of the "extra" funds (thanks Jim Edds!) from Hurricane Ike in 2008 ... This monster has a supercharged engine developing 255 HP and reaches 50 MPH in 2.9 seconds.

This machine absolutely screams! I replaced the factory intake grate with an after-market R&D intake adding an additional 3-4 MPH on top of the blistering 65-70 MPH top speed (like that is not fast enough?) ... I even have a USCG approved light kit installed on the boat for dusk operations.

You can check out this as well as many others in my OUTDOORS section of my web site by clicking the link provided for it below ...