August 22nd Iowa Cold Front Grunge

Jan 07, 2016 Comments Off on August 22nd Iowa Cold Front Grunge by

Summary: Chased setup against better judgement because it fell on a weekend, and came away with pretty much nothing other than an amusing story about how the local cops thought we were bank robbers. Stats: Tornadoes: 0 Hail: 0.00″ Wind: n/a The Forecast: Weakly sheared cold front sweeping across Iowa with questionable airmass recovery and […]

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June 24th Iowa Tornado Warned Storms

Dec 08, 2015 Comments Off on June 24th Iowa Tornado Warned Storms by

Summary: Intercepted several storms, including a pair of tornado warnings but storms were mostly outflow dominant. Stats: Tornadoes: 0 Hail: .75″ (Penny) Wind: n/a The Forecast: Slow moving frontal boundary/surface low across Central Iowa. Seasonably strong instability values but relatively weak directional and speed shear. Supercells were possible with initial development but storms were expected […]

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June 20th 2015 Iowa Squall Line – Eddyville Tornado.

Dec 01, 2015 Comments Off on June 20th 2015 Iowa Squall Line – Eddyville Tornado. by

Summary: Tracked intense squall line across southeast Iowa – getting very near QLCS tornado near the town of Eddyville. Stats:¬† Tornadoes: 1 Hail: 1.25″ (half dollar) Wind: est 60-70mph inflow to QLCS tornado The Forecast: High Cape, stalling frontal boundary with jet streak moving in to trigger more storms. Shear profiles largely unidirectional but some […]

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Des Moines Airport Tornado November 11th 2015

Nov 12, 2015 Comments Off on Des Moines Airport Tornado November 11th 2015

Summary: Difficult chase playing tag with QLCS style rotations embedded within numerous storms. Managed to capture weak tornado touching down at the DSM airport. Stats: Tornadoes: 1 Hail: .50″ (dime) Wind: Est 60-70 RFD The Setup: Strong, deepening mid latitude cyclone bringing extreme values of shear across the midwest. Just in time nature of moisture […]

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Clinton Iowa Tornado April 9 2015

Apr 12, 2015 Comments Off on Clinton Iowa Tornado April 9 2015

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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