My daughter, Tracy Kapela, pointed out to me that it's been about 10 months since I made my first blog posting. Ouch! I'm still trying to sort out my retirement and I have to admit I was getting lazy adding new SLC pictures to the gallery and of course posting something in this blog.
Today, July 24th, I added over 70 new scary-looking cloud pictures which I've been storing since the 2015 summer. As with the pictures previously put into the SLC Club, the quality remains high! A BIG thanks to all of you who graciously submitted your pictures. You were in the right place at the right time! Your pictures will add to the educational content of this web site - and that's why this site exists....for education and also FUN!
Some of you already know - I sell a Scary-Looking Cloud Club t-shirt for $15 plus shipping. I don't make much money, in fact, I donate 50% of the profits to local non-profits. Milwaukee Area Skywarn Association (MASA) and MidWest Severe Storm Tracking and Response Center (SSTRC) are two of the non-profits. If you're not interested in purchasing the t-shirt, perhaps you have a relative or friend is always talking about the weather - they'll probably like the t-shirt!
There is only one color as seen above. Men's sizes S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL. Material is a blend - 50% cotton and 50% polyester. To place an order, email me at email@example.com. I need your mailing address and a check or money order upfront.
One of my SLC goals is to have pictures from 6 continents: North & South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. Yes, Antarctica is the 7th continent, but the chances of getting a picture from someone down there is very remote! Currently, we have pictures from North America, Europe and Africa. If you have any contacts in Asia, Australia or South America - encourage them to submit a SLC picture to: firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks!
I'm exploring the idea of posting short video clips of scary-looking cloud. More on that later - don't know the impact on storage capacity & bandwidth issues.
I've been asked by many people if I ever chased tornadoes. The answer is no. Never had time while actively working for the National Weather Service. Ironically, I'm very busy in retirement. However, I happened to be in the right place at the right time on April 21, 1974 and took 21 pictures of the Oshkosh tornado as it developed and approached the city. I'll post some of those pictures in a future blog post!