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Pilger Nebraska Twin EF-4 Tornadoes June 16th 2014

Jul 16, 2014 Comments Off by

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

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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 by

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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April 28th 2014 Severe Weather Outbreak – From Illinois

May 01, 2014 Comments Off

Summary: Gambled on warm front play in Illinois on what became a tornado outbreak down south. Witnessing only sub severe but somewhat photogenic storms. Stats: Tornadoes: 0 Hail: .50″ (dime) Wind: n/a The Forecast:  The slow moving system from the previous day was forecast to bring some impressive dynamics that would set the stage for […]

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Nebraska Tornado April 27th 2014

May 01, 2014 Comments Off

Summary: Played surface low with minimal probabilities and ended up catching a low contrast tornado. Stats: Tornadoes: 1 Hail: .75″ (penny) Wind: n/a The Forecast: Powerful cut off system with vertically stacked low now in place. Intense speed shear overspreading all of warm sector with sufficient instability in place. Morning activity would affect the days […]

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April 26th 2014 Kansas Storm Chase Bust

Apr 30, 2014 Comments Off

Summary: Chased, I mean sat around in Kansas for another cap bust. Stats: Tornadoes: 0 Hail: 0.00″ Wind: n/a   The Forecast: A powerful cut-off system to be was entering the plains and this would be the initial pieces of energy. Great speed/directional shear was in place with ample instability for storms however the main […]

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April 12th 2014 Iowa Hail

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Summary: Dashed into Iowa to catch isolated, but elevated storms with prolific hail cores. Got cored with hail up to ping pong ball size before night fell and storms transitioned to linear mode. Stats: Tornadoes: 0 Hail: 1.50″ (Ping Pong) Wind: n/a The Forecast: Strong baroclinic zone setup with quasi-stationary boundary draped across the midwest. […]

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