Clinton Iowa Tornado April 9 2015

Apr 12, 2015 Comments Off by

Summary: Chased HP supercell from southern Iowa to Illinois border, finally catching developing tornado at very close range near Clinton. Celebrations were short lived as historic event then unfolds back in Illinois.       Stats: Tornadoes: 1 Hail: 1.25″ (Half dollar) Wind: est 70mph RFD Milestone: First multi state tornado. (IA-IL) The Forecast: Slow […]

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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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April 28th 2014 Severe Weather Outbreak – From Illinois

May 01, 2014 Comments Off by

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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Washington Illinois EF-4 Tornado November 17th 2013

Nov 19, 2013 Comments Off

Summary: Chased late season high risk outbreak in local turf catching the large, long tracked and unfortunately deadly EF-4 tornado that tore through Washington Illinois. Stopped to perform search and rescue before resuming chase catching a distant view of a second tornado near Dana, IL. Called chase once storms got too far ahead and had […]

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June 12th 2013 Chicago Illinois High Risk

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Summary: Ignored more obvious tornado target to gamble closer to home. Got on tornado warned supercell that quickly went outflow dominant noting dramatic storm structure. Core punched storm experiencing 70mph winds and hail up to nickel size. Called chase as storms congealed and moved on.     Stats: Tornadoes: 0 Hail: .88″ (Nickel) Wind: est […]

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