2015

Storm Chases and other events we documented in 2015
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East of Belvidere looking west

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i pursue the storm north on garden prairie road before abandoning the storm for the larger supercell to the south

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April 9 2015  (1 of 2)

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Erik sets up east of Belvidere Illinois for what is a confirmed tornado on the ground.  He repositioned east to move out of the circulations path, observing a dust cloud being spun up by the warned storm.  As it moves northeast, he pursues it into McHenry County before abandoning it for the more aggressive supercell to the south.

 

Tornado Warning / 1.00" hail  / Wall Cloud possible tornado

 

Erik

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a lightning strike following seconds after the power flash shows the possible culprit

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April 9 2015  (2 of 2)

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Following the Belvidere tornado, Erik moves back to town to get set up for a strong supercell.  This is the same storm responsible for the Rochelle, Fairdale, Kirkland, and Ashton tornadoes.  The storm spawns a possible tornado west of town and again north of town hitting power lines.

 

Erik then heads east out of the storms path, but is overcome by a hail core from a follow up cell.

 

Tornado Warning / 1.00" hail  / Wall Cloud possible tornado

 

Erik

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looking west from milwaukee around 2pm

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developing storm northwest of janesville showing broad rotation

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2015 June 29

cell dies out and moves south, this storm later refires north of mendota and is Tornado Warned.

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looking west from milwaukee around 2pm

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June 29 2015

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While out towing a junk car from milwaukee to janesville, couldnt help but document several lines of non severe storms moving through southern wisconsin and northern illinois.  A few areas of broad rotation occur but nothing thrilling

 

 

-- / --" hail  / --

 

Erik , Karl

north of rochelle 360 deg panorama
north of rochelle 360 deg panorama

north of rochelle along i39
north of rochelle along i39

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vil signature over me

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north of rochelle 360 deg panorama

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July 13 2015

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With explosive storms possible, Erik heads to Rochelle to await some northern storms but they never form.  Upon heading north a line of storms moves south out of wisconsin with heavy wind, hail, and some rotation.

 

Erik ends up with a wall cloud and 1.5" (golfball size hail near county line rd and kishwaukee valley rd northwest of Marengo.

 

 

Severe Thunderstorm / 1.5" hail / wall cloud

 

Erik

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July 17 2015 - Civic with shelf

July 17 2015 - looking west
July 17 2015 - looking west

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July 17 2015 - Civic with shelf
July 17 2015 - Civic with shelf

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July 17 2015

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A slow moving line of storms form along the IL WI border and head south, some reports of hail go out in parts of Winnebago County but the cells dont last long.  The western edge falls then reforms further west, and the eastern side dies then forms a line which affects the northwest chicago suburbs.

 

 

Severe Thunderstorm / -- hail / --

 

Erik

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July 18 2015

 

Zeus decided to pay a visit to northern kane county early in the morning on july 18.  This single cell near the Pingree Grove and Gilberts sets off lightning about every 15 seconds for nearly an hour.  Then as quickly as it formed it died out and with in 20min of these pics not even a drop of rain or cloud left.  Impressive

 

 

 

-- / -- hail / lightning

 

Erik

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July 18 2015

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Rich and Erik pursue a tornado warned cell across northern mchenry county.  The storm produces a very very small tornado reported by another spotter and rich may have a photo of that area as he was in a seperate vehicle at the time.

 

Tornado Warning / -- hail / --

 

Rich, Erik

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cells firing east of marengo

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a spec wx statement gets issued to possible funnels and hail

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prior to getting some hail and rains

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cells firing east of marengo

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September 3 2015

 

Erik sets up for a small strong storm in central mchenry county.  Some small hail wind and lightning was the best part but you cant expect much for september.

 

-- / dime hail / --

 

Erik