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Closing Thoughts by Major
SWIFT was a training that I had wanted to do before I came to the Academy. I was so excited when I saw the email saying I was accepted. I went into the training open-minded and hoping for the best. I knew that tornados were extremely rare, so I was setting ...

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Closing Thoughts by Shannon
Hello everyone! Wow. . . SWIFT was a whirl-wind adventure! The long hours spent on the road traveling through eleven different states were not futile as our total tornado count was four, with some count variation between each SWIFT member. Not only did I ob...

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Closing thoughts by Greg
With our final chase day behind us, we have begun to inch ourselves closer to Annapolis every day. Today we are visiting the Dallas/Fort Worth and paying a visit to International Exotic Animal Sanctuary. Throughout the two weeks of SWIFT I have gained an in...

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Closing Thoughts on Keely
SWIFT was an absolute blast! From escaping hail to watching a tornado lazily spin through an open field, the entire experience was invaluable. Pictures in a classroom can only teach you so much, and being able to get out into the middle of all of it is unma...

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Closing thoughts by Ally
SWIFT has definitely been the amazing and unique experience I thought it was going to be! Over these past two weeks, I have learned so much more than I ever thought I could, not only about weather, but also leadership and teamwork. Having the opportunity to...

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Closing thoughts by Darby
SWIFT was a great experience for me, and I really enjoyed these past 2 weeks of storm chasing.  It was fun and I learned a lot more than I expected.  Having only taken one semester of meteorology, my knowledge of severe weather was small.  I didn't really u...

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Closing thoughts by Colin
As I write this post, our chasing days are over for SWIFT 2017, and we are slowly making our way back towards Annapolis through the Dallas/Fort Worth area. This year's SWIFT was once again an amazing time spent with 8 other people, and we had quite a variet...

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Monday in Review
Today was our last chase day, it was a success! We drove from Amarillo, Texas to southeastern New Mexico to capitalize on the orographic convective initiation off the Sangre de Cristo mountains. As the day went on we seemed to scare the storms out of growin...

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Sunday in Review
Swift had an early start this morning so we could get on the road to Black Mesa Oklahoma. After a short ride and a quick stop at Walmart, we arrived at Black Mesa, the highest point in the state of Oklahoma. We hiked 4 miles to the top, where we had a picni...

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Saturday in Review
Today we took a break from chasing and enjoyed the nice weather. With the trough that we had been following the past few days advancing across the United States, it left sunny, blue skies in it's path. We went to the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge in Okla...
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