Storm Chasing

June 16th, 2014: Nebraska Tornado Outbreak

Date: June 16th, 2014 Location: Stanton, Pilger, & Wakefield, Nebraska Event: Supercell & Violent Tornado Outbreak It was the last day of our mini-chasecation out to the Plains, more specifically Nebraska. We bunked with Stephen Jones and Kim Howell near the Sioux City, Iowa area and were awoken to morning convection that was severe warned. Adam being Adam, decided to run across the street to the casino just as warnings were being issued. I tried to contact him to come back […]

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May 31st, 2013: Tragic Central Oklahoma Outbreak

Date: May 31st, 2013 Location: El Reno, Mustang, & Tuttle, Oklahoma Event: Violent Supercell & Tornadoes I was hesitant to chase this day. I had to pull some strings at work to stay out and blow off a few obligations back in Chicago. The day looked marginal up until 12-18 hours ahead of the event. By morning, a moderate risk was out for much of Central Oklahoma. There was even talk of a potential high risk. Some well-known chasers were also […]

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May 20th, 2013: Devastating Moore, Oklahoma EF-5

Date: May 20th, 2013 Location: Moore, Oklahoma Event: Supercells & Violent EF-5  Summary:  A day that will forever live in memory. Started the morning in Ponca City after another successful chase yesterday. Our plan was to head south into the Oklahoma City metro area as a base location until things became clearer. We met up at Ben Holcomb’s place with several other chasers just after noon and monitored mesoanalysis. Things were primed across Central and Southern Oklahoma. The higher probabilities were to […]

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June 17th, 2010: Historical Minnesota Tornado Outbreak

Thursday, June 17th, 2010 I almost didn’t chase this day. Almost. Not because I didn’t want to, but because I had a family obligation on Friday, the 18th, at 7 P.M. My usual chase partner Adam Lucio and I talked about this set up for a couple days and decided it would be well worth the trip. However, I needed to make it a one day affair and he had plans of chasing multiple days in a row. Rather than […]

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May 22nd, 2010: South Dakota Tornado Outbreak

May 22nd, 2010 – Northern South Dakota Tornado Outbreak/Field Incident   We had been watching tCu for a little over an hour up to this point. Each updraft tower would reach higher into the sky before ultimately collapsing. Very discouraging since the main caveat to today’s chase was a pretty stout cap. We knew that IF a storm broke it it had the opportunity to go insane in an extremely favorable environment. As we were gassing up in Gettysburg, SD, […]

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April 15th, 1998: Havana, Illinois Squall Line

Date: April 15th, 1998 Location: Havana, Illinois Event: Marginal Severe Weather Risk & Squall Line Summary:  The chase that started it all. My father, grandfather, and I set off from the south side of Chicago early that morning. We didn’t know much about weather and storm chasing, but saw that The Weather Channel had outlined Central Illinois under a risk of severe weather. After slowly making our way into Central Illinois, we positioned ourselves in front of a rapidly evolving squall line. […]

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