Waking at 4am on the morning I catch my flight is met with a good omen as early morning showers just offshore refract back the sunrise to produce quite a vivid rainbow. With my camera gear all packed away, I’m forced to use my camera phone to capture this shot:
My trip to the airport and flight to Dallas passes without incident and I meet the rest of the group at our base hotel. Most of them already know each other from previous tours and the rest of us soon bond with them over beers by the pool and then later over dinner. We discuss the outlook for the next 10 days which is a skeptical one as the promise of severe weather has diminished somewhat in the run up to our tour. It’s a pattern indicative of the season as a whole, though Tour 1 did at least catch a few tornadoes and we can only hope for similar.