December 23rd 2015 Christmas Eve Eve Illinois Storm Chase

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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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July 18th 2015 – Weak Tornado Near the Wisconsin Border

Dec 21, 2015 Comments Off on July 18th 2015 – Weak Tornado Near the Wisconsin Border by

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 Comments Off on July 13th Northern Illinois Supercell by

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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June 22nd 2015 Harmon, Coal City Illinois Tornado

Dec 01, 2015 Comments Off on June 22nd 2015 Harmon, Coal City Illinois Tornado

Summary: Tracked monster supercell that tracked across Northern Illinois, producing at least 10 tornadoes along its way. Stats: Tornadoes: 1 Hail: n/a Wind: est 80mph inflow The Forecast: Strong jet streak moving atop stalled frontal boundary, with extreme values of instability in place. Rich, deep gulf moisture with dewpoints in the upper 70s to near […]

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June 11th 2015 Illinois Storm Chase

Nov 30, 2015 Comments Off on June 11th 2015 Illinois Storm Chase

Summary: Played marginal setup somewhat close to home, noting some brief supercell features but overall a lack of severe weather. Stats: Tornadoes: 0 Hail: .25″ (pea) Wind: n/a The Forecast: Primary surface low out in the planes with warm front draped from NE into Northern IL. Shear would be sufficient for rotating storms, but earlier activity would […]

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