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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Iowa Supercell July 12th 2014

Nov 20, 2014 Comments Off on Iowa Supercell July 12th 2014

Summary: Played marginal setup catching pair of well structured supercells that produced brief funnel cloud but no tornado. Detoured west to have a night out in Omaha afterwards. Stats: Tornadoes: 0 Hail: .75″ (penny) Wind: n/a The Forecast: Pretty standard summer setup. Slow moving cold front with plenty of¬†instability ahead of it, but only marginal […]

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April 12th 2014 Iowa Hail

Apr 13, 2014 Comments Off on April 12th 2014 Iowa Hail

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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Storm Structure in Iowa and Dust Storms in Illinois – May 28th 2012

Oct 22, 2012 Comments Off on Storm Structure in Iowa and Dust Storms in Illinois – May 28th 2012

Summary: Got on severe storm in Iowa with cool structure but no severe weather, called chase and detoured for new outflow driven storms in Illinois with huge dust clouds along the gust front.       Stats: Tornadoes: 0 Hail: .50″ (dime) Wind: est 55-60mph outflow.   Detailed Account: Today seemed to have less potential […]

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