June 22nd 2016 Pontiac, Seneca Illinois Tornadoes

Dec 08, 2016 Comments Off on June 22nd 2016 Pontiac, Seneca Illinois Tornadoes by

Summary: Intercepted multiple tornadoes during a potent setup across Illinois, 2 of them doing EF-2 damage. Stats: Tornadoes: 3 Hail: .50″ (dime) Wind: est 75mph RFD The Forecast: Unseasonably deep surface low, and very strong shear in place across very unstable warm sector. Surface low forecast to slowly deepen, lifting a warm front into northern […]

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June 14th 2016 Surprise Bradford, Illinois Brief Tornado

Nov 29, 2016 Comments Off on June 14th 2016 Surprise Bradford, Illinois Brief Tornado by

Summary: Caught a surprise, brief tornado on my way home from the previous days chase! Stats: Tornadoes: 1 Hail: 1.50″ (ping pong ball) Wind: n/a The Forecast: Slow moving trough in place with NW flow overspreading warm sector across midwest. Seasonably weak speed shear and rich gulf moisture in place. Warm front draped across the […]

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March 15th 2016 Warsaw and Trivoli Illinois Tornadoes

Mar 18, 2016 Comments Off on March 15th 2016 Warsaw and Trivoli Illinois Tornadoes by

Summary: Targeted well to watch storms initiate, witnessing two tornadoes before the chase was over! Stats: Tornadoes: 2 Hail: 1.00″ (Quarter) Wind: n/a Milestones: Most tornadoes (3) this early in any season. Most tornado days (2) this early in a season. The Forecast: Rapidly deepening low along with beautifully negative tilt, diffluent jet stream moving […]

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December 23rd 2015 Christmas Eve Eve Illinois Storm Chase

Jan 07, 2016 Comments Off on December 23rd 2015 Christmas Eve Eve Illinois Storm Chase

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

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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