2014

Storm Chases and other events we documented in 2014

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April 12 2014

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A supercell crosses northern Illinois in the mid-morning hours dropping damagin winds and the main event;... lots and lots of hail.  As far as us in Marengo are concerned we saw only 1" measurements, but areas not far from us (Lake in the Hills, Barrington.. saw up to 2" diameter stones). 

 

Severe Thunderstorm Warning / 1.00 hail / large hail

 

-Erik

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April 28 2014

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A short chase under less than ideal conditions send us north of Peoria on an isolated cluster of storms attached to the warm front ahead of a line of low topped severe storms.  We wait out, and spent a few hours near Princeton Illinois before abandon the chase and head back to town. 

 

-- / no hail / --

 

-Dave / Rich / Erik

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May 12 2014

 

The group heads north into southeastern wisconsin in pursuit of an hp supercell crossing walworth, racine, and kenosha county.  The storm becomes tornado warned, as we head on the heal of the storm a second rotation develops behind us and we break off to follow the new cell.  Some hail up to 1in was found and a wall cloud was observed. 

 

After coming back to Marengo we are slammed again by a line of scattered severe storms which target the town head on.  Large hail up to 1in was observed and reported.

 

Tornado Warning / 1.00 hail / wall cloud

 

-Dave / Rich / Erik

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June 17 2014

 

 

Late night chase after a supercell beginning its right turn and some embedded rotation in southern wisconsin.  We hit the cell around Richmond, IL and shortly after that the storm was under cut by rain moving in from the southwest

 

 

Severe Thunderstorm / -- hail / --

 

-Dave / Rich / Erik

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Heading up hwy 23

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first indication of a wall cloud

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yep still spinning, she died out shortly after this

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Heading up hwy 23

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June 18 2014

 

 

Erik cant hold out and persues couplets of rotation in a line of storms moving southeast out of southern wisconsin.  One particular couplet holds our just west of woodstock and he captures video of it.

 

A wall cloud is apparent but no funnel is noted.  The cell never becomes warned but still something to keep an eye on.  There is a change in wind direction close to the circulation as it passes just north of the vehicle.

 

 

-- / -- hail / wall cloud

 

-Erik

2014 June 19 - 2
2014 June 19 - 2

looking North from Marengo, IL around 754p

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2014 June 19 - 1

looking west from Marengo, IL around 745p

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2014 June 19 - 2

looking North from Marengo, IL around 754p

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June 19 2014

 

 


A pretty shelf enters western McHenry County in northeast Illinois in the early evening on Thursday June 19 2014.

No severe weather was expected or occured but at least we got a pretty shelf out of it.

 

 

-- / -- hail / shelf

 

-Erik

outside of huntley il

outside of huntley il

e of marengo il

outside of huntley il

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June 21 2014

 

 


A shorter outing leads us to this beautiful developing shelf in southen McHenry Co.

 

A Severe Thunderstorm watch was issued as a tornado warning for ne mchenry and a large chunk of lake county but not for us.

 

 

-- / -- hail / shelf

 

-Erik

2014 June 25
2014 June 25

Rich getting a few pics

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2014 June 25

shelf

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shelf

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2014 June 25

Rich getting a few pics

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June 25 2014

 

 

With a very low chance for severe weather, Rich and Erik head out south of Rockford IL near Davis Junction and watch a storm move in from the nw.

 

 

-- / -- hail / shelf

 

-Rich , Erik

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lightning and wall cloud

attempting to escape the funnel and wall cloud north on 47 from 176 west of crystal lake

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heading up 47 you can see what appears to be the funnel on the top left. ( a report of the funnel was done by another chaser )

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Prior to the warning

prior to the warning being issued showing the rotation developing

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lightning and wall cloud

attempting to escape the funnel and wall cloud north on 47 from 176 west of crystal lake

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June 30 2014

 

A hightened risk of tornadoes develops over northern illinois into the overnight hours on June 29-June 30.  A Tornado watch is issued for supercells with tornado potential in a line, the only storm to develop a tornado warning is over Marengo heading east across McHenry County.  Erik sets up ahead of the rotation practically involving himself in it as it slowly moves east.  Rich takes chase after the cell but due to high rain and low visibility gets close to the backside of the storm.

 

 

Tornado Warning / -- hail / funnel cloud - wind damage

 

-Rich , Erik

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looking north

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looking w with the civic in the foreground

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August 25 2014

 

A line of strong to severe thunderstorms cross northern illinois in the early afternoon of aug 25.  Erik heads out east to Union IL in hopes to capture a brief timelapse of the shelf and "whales mouth" that this group of cells were producing.  We observe no warnings or damage at our location but areas to the south are given a watch for some severe storms.  This particular shelf gusted out before the end of the county.

 

 

-- / -- hail / --

 

- Erik

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2014 Aug 26 - 1

looking north as the storms pass union

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erik takes a moment for a "shelfie"

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2014 Aug 26 - 5

looking back east towards crystal lake

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looking north as the storms pass union

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August 26 2014

 

A developing line of severe thunderstorms sends Erik to the middle of McHenry County in hopes of a some photo op moments.  While several reports or wind damage are found we didnt see anything more than a 23mph wind gust.  The line proved more bark then bite but still gave some good photos

 

 

Severe Thunderstorm / -- hail / wind?

 

- Erik