December 23rd 2015 Christmas Eve Eve Illinois Storm Chase

Jan 07, 2016 by

Summary: Tracked mini supercells across western Illinois, missing photogenic tornado by minutes, but catching stunning back-side structure. Stats: Tornadoes: 0 Hail: 0.00″ Wind: n/a The Forecast: Record El Nino underway. Unseasonably, rare airmass in place across Illinois with surface temperatures and dewpoints exceeding 60 degrees. Deep surface low moving through western Illinois bringing strong speed […]

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August 22nd Iowa Cold Front Grunge

Jan 07, 2016 by

Summary: Chased setup against better judgement because it fell on a weekend, and came away with pretty much nothing other than an amusing story about how the local cops thought we were bank robbers. Stats: Tornadoes: 0 Hail: 0.00″ Wind: n/a The Forecast: Weakly sheared cold front sweeping across Iowa with questionable airmass recovery and […]

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August 18th 2015 Tornado Warned Supercell Romeoville Illinois

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Summary: Tracked first set of storms noting supercell structures before abandoning for better development further east towards home. Got on Supercell that almost produced tornado near the NWS Chicago office in Romeoville, IL Stats: Tornadoes: 0 Hail: o.00 Wind: n/a The Forecast: Slow moving upper level system bringing cold front across IL warm sector where […]

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July 18th 2015 – Weak Tornado Near the Wisconsin Border

Dec 21, 2015

Summary: Chase a pair of supercells in a weakening phase, catching what is probably the weakest tornado I will ever see. Stats: Tornadoes: 1 Hail: .25″ Wind: n/a The Forecast: Zonal flow regime with shortwave energy moving through it. Sufficient deep moisture in place in typical summer-like airmass. Moderate speed shear present in southern end […]

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July 13th Northern Illinois Supercell

Dec 19, 2015

Summary: Tracked Classic looking supercell from birth noting dramatic RFD structure but ultimately failed to produce tornado Stats: Tornadoes: 0 Hail: .75″ (Penny) Wind: None The Forecast: Extreme dewpoint values approaching and exceeding 80 leading to extreme CAPE values in northwest flow regime. Outflow boundary from morning MCS would set up across the area and […]

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