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  • Andrew Pritchard

April 28th 2020 | Brief, Weak Tornado at Dawson, Illinois

While storm mode across Illinois on Tuesday, April 28th was predominantly linear and outflow dominant, I followed one embedded supercell along the Interstate 72 corridor through Sangamon and Macon Counties. This storm produced at least one brief tornado near Dawson, IL - east of Springfield, along with two other well-organized circulations.

I ended up being at ground zero for the Dawson tornado, viewing this brief, weak tornado from close-range at a distance of 100 yards or so in an open field beside me. First world problems, but this location received over 3" of rain in the previous 48 hours here so soil was heavy, compacted cement and difficult to toss. I'm guessing that under normal soil conditions this tornado would have shown it's structure a lot better!

For a full recap with radar analysis and decision making processes that led to the intercept of the Dawson tornado:


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SKYDRAMA | Meteorologist & Atmospheric Photographer Andrew Pritchard

I'm a meteorologist born and raised in the American Midwest passionate about forecasting and observing severe storms.

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