May 20th 2014 Chicago Severe Weather

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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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Nebraska Tornado April 27th 2014

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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 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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Lawton Oklahoma Tornado April 17th 2013

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Summary: Intercepted multiple tornado warned, HP supercells in southwest Oklahoma. Encountered mean, classic HP structure, large hail and  brief tornado in the city of Lawton and another possible tornado near Elgin. Detoured for tornado-producing tail end charlie storm near the TX border before calling chase and heading east for next days target.     Stats: […]

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April 8 2013 Colorado Supercell and Hail, Driving the TIV!

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Summary: Day one driving the TIV. Got on persistent supercell near Burlington, CO noting good structure. Core punched storm once tornado warning was issued getting blasted with hail up to half dollar size.  Called chase once storm began weakening and roomed up for the night in nearby Colby, KS.     Stats: Tornadoes: 0 Hail: […]

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April 7 2013 Amazing Kansas Supercell

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Summary: Sat in chilly air for most of the day until storms finally blew up north of target area. Intercepted southern-most, strongest storm of the day noting great supercell structure and area of rotation with reported tornado. Core punched storm a few times with hail up to half dollar size before letting it go as […]

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Large Hail Pummels Chicago. June 28th 2012

Jun 28, 2012 Comments Off

Storms erupted to life over sections of the Chicago area on Thursday, June 28th 2012 producing widespread damaging hail up to, and probably over 2.00″ in diameter and frequent cloud to ground lightning. This all happened on a day where the official temperature at Midway reached 100 degrees, and in the early stages of a […]

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March 29th Storm Chase – Bust With Brief Core Punch

Apr 01, 2012 Comments Off

Summary: Stuck to target ignoring what became the storm of the day further north. Called chase near sunset as storms quickly developed. Core punched developing storm with onslaught of quarter size hail before continuing home.       Stats: Tornadoes: 0 Hail: 1.00″ (Quarter) Wind: < 58mph   Detailed Account: Today was supposed to be […]

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Large Hail and Supercell Near Americus, Kansas March 28 2012

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Summary: Drove all morning to target area fearing early initiation. Ended up sitting for awhile waiting for storms to form a couple hours before dark. Dropped south to intercept slow moving supercell with plenty of large hail. Storm tried to wrap up and exhibited weak rotation for a time but could never produce a tornado. […]

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