After a long winter, spring is finally approaching. In a way this week marks the start of severe weather season for me. Tonight I have my annual chaser meeting at KTUL in which we'll find out any upgrades being made to the weather department before severe weather season kicks off. It's usually a pretty good time since all of the chasers rarely get together during the year. This meeting is followed by the Tulsa Skywarn training on Saturday. While some of this event targets new chasers, they always have one or two topics that are of interest to more seasoned chasers. I haven't seen an agenda for this years training day but I'm sure it will be beneficial to attend. It's also a chance to see several people that I don't see throughout the year.
In other spring related news...I was visiting Steve Miller last weekend and as we usually do this time of year, we started discussing the lake and boating and when we'll be able to enjoy our first day at the lake. There are a couple of key dates to determine when that might be. We usually shoot for the first part of April but you never know if we might get to scratch that itch a little early. The average last hard freeze (below 28F) occurs in Tulsa on the 18th of March. The average last freeze/frost (32F) occurs on March 29th. That means Saturday April 4th is the first weekend without an expected freeze. Time to start compiling music for Boat Tunes 2009.
Another celebrated spring event is also approaching, March Madness. Selection Sunday is March 15th, which is also considered the beginning of severe weather season. As an avid Oklahoma State Cowboys fan, I'm really hoping we can continue our win streak and make an appearance in the tourney this year. It would be nice to dance in celebration of 100 years of Cowboy Basketball. We are currently on a 4 game win streak and have a record of 18-9 and 7-6 in Big 12 play. As things stand we are a bubble team, but if we can continue our win streak against Texas and Kansas State at home I believe we'll be in good shape for a tourney bid going into the second leg of bedlam in Norman. If we can win out or go 2-1 in our final three and get a win in the Big 12 tourney, we should be able to make the NCAA Tournament.
So that was a pretty random blog post but I guess it's all tied together by things I enjoy in the spring; boating, storm chasing, and the NCAA Tournament.