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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June 22nd 2015 Harmon, Coal City Illinois Tornado

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

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 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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November 16th 2015 Historic Pampa Texas Tornado Outbreak

Nov 20, 2015 Comments Off on November 16th 2015 Historic Pampa Texas Tornado Outbreak

Summary: Pulled a tough all night grind that payed off big. Caught anywhere from 8 to 12 tornadoes in the Texas panhandle in what became the first tornadoes that far west this late in any year. An unexpected, amazing end to the year!       Stats: Tornadoes: 9 Hail: .50″ (Dime) Wind: est 75-80mph […]

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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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