This one hurt. I'm not sure why so much more than the others - perhaps accumulated frustration, or pressing too hard feeling the weight of 3 years with zero tornadoes and yet another peak tornado season coming to a quick end - but things didn't go at all how I'd expected and it sucks. 11:30 AM SPC Day 1 Outlook with a 'Slight Risk' over southern Illinois: 11:30 AM Tornado Probabilities at 2% in my southwest Illinois target: Chased this one with both my dad and brother. We lef
Another sub-severe day - storms blew up along a line and let their gust front blast northward toward Champaign-Urbana. I left the office just for a moment and photographed the shelf cloud as it blew through with 50 mph winds.
Storms went up along a boundary on this afternoon, an otherwise dull weather setup. My fiance` Sophie and I were sitting down watching a movie when I noticed a peculiar storm on radar just to our northwest, near the Mahomet area. The environment wasn't stellar, but sometimes storms just have that look. Sure enough, the weak little storm somehow found a way to rotate broadly and slowly, and while it provided some brief entertainment, and an excuse for Sophie to get out under a
Not a lot of wordage required for this one - Storms erupted just after sunset and pushed into my backyard so I ventured out for several hours. Got turned around pretty bad along the Salt Fork River in southern Champaign County and spent a good 20 minutes driving the wrong direction, which is pretty hard to do in your own damn backyard, but it made perfect sense given the way things have gone for me the last several years. Anyway... storms cooperated some, I had the camera bum
Another wonky spring for me in 2015 it seems. The time brackets I have set aside for storm chasing this spring have come and gone without so much as a cloud or a breeze. And then, during the time I've set aside for real life back at home I've watched what must be "every single one of my friends except for me", score photogenic career making tornadoes on the high plains. I have spent several days "interacting with" several severe storms this spring. Most noteable was the Roche
A strong shortwave pushed through central Illinois this afternoon erupting supercells across northwest Illinois. I was unable to get out until later that evening, but did catch the last breaths of a storm as it entered Champaign County right around sunset. I missed what was probably the best light as then sun hit the horizon - but did catch a few lightning bolts before things completely died out.
Another day, another shelf cloud. In 2008, June 7th was my career day. In 2015 it'd be just another disappointing under-achieving chase day. But again - a weekend, in June, you just go and save asking yourself why the hell you went out for later on. The afternoon update from the SPC had an Enhanced Risk across portions of central Illinois (for damaging winds). SPC afternoon outlook also did have a 5% tornado risk across NE Illinois: I left Urbana as storms began erupting alon