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Christmas Storm: No Need to Hit the Panic Buttons Yet.

Dec 17, 2014 Comments Off by

Since my previous post here, buzz has continued to increase a bit about the potential for a “big Christmas storm.” That is a scary headline to say the least. Here is the latest. Models are, at this time, showing an impressively deep cyclone forming near Lake Huron during the 2 day Christmas eve-Christmas period. For […]

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Active Weather Pattern Christmas Week

Dec 16, 2014 Comments Off by

Rumors of an active weather pattern Christmas week have been circulating the web lately, so lets take a look. Indeed there have been indications for several days now an active jet stream pattern will setup across the US. Without getting too technical, a broad trough in the jet stream looks to setup over much of […]

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Iowa Supercell July 12th 2014

Nov 20, 2014 Comments Off by

Summary: Played marginal setup catching pair of well structured supercells that produced brief funnel cloud but no tornado. Detoured west to have a night out in Omaha afterwards. Stats: Tornadoes: 0 Hail: .75″ (penny) Wind: n/a The Forecast: Pretty standard summer setup. Slow moving cold front with plenty of instability ahead of it, but only marginal […]

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June 30th 2014 Iowa Severe Weather – Chicagoland Tornadoes

Sep 16, 2014 Comments Off

Summary: Targeted Iowa intercepting first round of severe storms noting shelf cloud but no real severe weather, mostly torrential rains. Raced line home for lightning shots before second, much more powerful round of storms slammed home. Stats: Tornadoes: 0 Hail: .25″ (pea) Wind: est 45mph outflow The Forecast: Very rich, moisture laiden air creating extreme instability […]

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Pilger Nebraska Twin EF-4 Tornadoes June 16th 2014

Jul 16, 2014 Comments Off

Summary: Witnessed the most incredible single tornadic event in my chase career. Two violent tornadoes churning side by side for 20+ minutes. Also witnessed several other tornadoes in what will undoubtedly be THE chase of 2014. Stats: Tornadoes: 7 Hail: 1.00″ (quarter) Wind: est 55-60mph RFD Milestone: Most violent tornadoes witnessed in a single chase. […]

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Nebraska Storm Chase and Tornadoes June 14th 2014

Jun 22, 2014 Comments Off

Summary: Intercepted several storms catching far away glimpse of landspout tornado as well as a pair of after-dark tornadoes. Saw some decent structure along the way as numerous storms went up in south central Nebraska. Stats: Tornadoes: 3 Hail: 1.25″ (Half dollar) Wind: n/a The Forecast:  Ample instability under moderate capping ahead of surface triple […]

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June 3rd 2014 Nebraska Hail Monster

Jun 08, 2014 Comments Off

Summary: Got on tornado warned storm in wrecked environment. Had a few intense brushes with the core and witnessed several gustnadoes before letting storm go as darkness fell and it became apparent the storm wouldn’t produce. Stats: Tornadoes: 0 Hail: 2.00″ Wind: est 75mph forward flanking core gusts. The Forecast: Warm, moist and unstable airmass […]

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May 20th 2014 Chicago Severe Weather

May 25, 2014 Comments Off

Summary: Got on southeast moving supercell that tracked through Chicago suburbs encountering  intense straight line winds, hail up to golfball size. Also witnessed numerous powerflashes while following storm to attempt lightning photos. Turned around from home once storm moved out of area.     Stats: Tornadoes: 0 Hail: 1.75″ (golfball) Wind: est 70mph. The Forecast: […]

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May 11th 2014 Sutton to Cordova Nebraska HP Monster

May 13, 2014 Comments Off

Summary: Tracked monster HP supercell for a few hours across southern Nebraska witnessing a number of low contrast, brief tornadoes ranging in size. Tangoed in the bears cage getting clipped with strong inflow winds. Stats: Tornadoes: 6 (preliminary count – could change!) Hail: 1.00″ (quarter) Wind: est 80mph inflow winds. The Forecast: Slow moving trough […]

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April 29th Mississippi Moderate Risk Bust

May 01, 2014 Comments Off

Summary: Chased potential second day tornado outbreak but instead wound up with grungy storms on a classic 15% MDT risk bust. Stats: Tornadoes: 0 Hail: 0.00″ Wind: n/a The Forecast: Same system as previous 2 days, slowly moving east as it occludes, pushing severe potential further and further away. Airmass was forecast to recover form […]

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