April 29th Mississippi Moderate Risk Bust

May 01, 2014

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

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

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

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

Apr 13, 2014

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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April 3rd 2014 Missouri Storm Chase

Apr 04, 2014

Summary: Went after initial severe storm development close to target area before they moved into bad Ozark terrain. Abandoned initial storms for new round of cold front storms to the south before those died. Called chase, had dinner and left for home.     Stats: Tornadoes:  0 Hail: .50″ (Dime) Wind: n/a The Forecast: Deep […]

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April 2nd 2014 Storm Chase – Severe Warned Storms.

Apr 04, 2014

Summary: Played storms that developed north of triple point boundary getting some brief bouts of hail, elevated structure and blowing RFD dust. Stats: Tornadoes: 0 Wind: n/a Hail : 1.00″ (quarter – officially severe.) The Forecast: Another marginal day. Similar setup to day before, but with sharpening dryline now forecast to move east instead of […]

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April Fools Day Storm Chasing Prank

Apr 04, 2014

Summary: Gambled with day before the day potential cap bust, and lost. Stats: Tornadoes: 0 Wind: n/a Hail: 0.00″ Storms: 0 The Forecast: Initial piece of progressive trough moving into the plains. Ample moisture was finally in place creating strong instablity for early April standards. Forcing along a retreating dryline was weak at best. Cap […]

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A Slow Start to Spring.

Mar 16, 2014

After a brutal winter dominated by frequent visits from the dreaded polar vortex, and more snow days for kids than parents probably cared to deal with, spring has been slow to arrive. While meteorological spring begins on March 1st, the equinox (the actual start of spring) isn’t set to arrive for a few more days. […]

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Thunder Snow in Chicago – First Storms of 2014

Feb 17, 2014

Well, today the first official thunderstorms for 2014 in Chicago go into the books. As I’ve done in the past, here is a blog of the event. This year, like 2011 and 2010 it came in the form of thunder-SNOW, instead of the thunderstorms we’re typically used to seeing in spring. The Chicago area seems […]

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