August 15, 2012
Week 2 of the Waiting Period
The second week of the Red Bull Storm Chase waiting period (Aug 1 till Nov 30) has passed.
After a tense start during the first week of the waiting period, all 7 selected destinations remained at the (lowest) warning level "Guarded" over the last week. Nevertheless quite a lot has happened, and the upcoming week 3 of the waiting period looks even more promising.
Recap of Mission Related Content
If you're interested in the proceedings for mission warnings and the preparation of missions at the Red Bull Storm Chase headquarters: The former post Mission Preparation and Logistics explains what's happening behind the scenes.
Check them out, if you haven't already:
Most Important Status Updates of the Week
Nothing on the radar. Time to solve some last visa issues with the riders. Iceland and Tasmania remain top of our list
— Red Bull Storm Chase (@rbstormchase) August 9, 2012
Low storm activity. Tasmania has a slim chance next week. USA, Iceland, Japan, France, Spain, Ireland remain calm
— Red Bull Storm Chase (@rbstormchase) August 13, 2012
Still looking at Tasmania for mid next week. Visa for Boujmaa and Brawzinho not clear yet, hope to get them in time!
— Red Bull Storm Chase (@rbstormchase) August 14, 2012
What's on Tap for Week 3
This week already started with quite some excitement, as the warning level for Tasmania has been raised to "Elevated" this morning!
It seems there are two systems forming and moving towards Tasmania. Local advisor John Pott sees a chance for force 10+ Bft (100+ km/h / 60+ mph) winds somewhen between 23rd and 28th of August. A first timing has been drafted, which would already see competitors and crew go onto their journey this coming Sunday. Finger's crossed for the long-term forecast to hold.
Should the chances for suitable conditions become more likely (as in, confirmed by a more dependable short-term forecast), the warning level will be set to "Severe" for the first time. Then, with a little bit of luck, the first Red Bull Storm Chase mission might be around the corner...
As always, there'll be more updates and videos on the homepage, and we'll keep you updated with frequent status updates.