2017

Storm Chases and other events we documented in 2017
Sentra east of Rochelle
Sentra east of Rochelle

Looking west from Malta
Looking west from Malta

Velocity in Rochelle
Velocity in Rochelle

Sentra east of Rochelle
Sentra east of Rochelle

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February 28 2017

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Erik heads out with a good chance for severe weather to Sycamore where he gets hail and then onto Rochelle ahead of a severe line of storms.

 

Severe Thunderstorm Warning / dime size hail / strong winds

- Erik

May 15 spc outlook
May 15 spc outlook

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May 15 2017

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A lone severe thunderstorm moves thru north central Illinois. The storm which develops mid level rotation at the beginning eventually dropped golf ball and bigger hail to the greater Rockford IL area.  Erik and Rich visit their friend Karl whos vehicles suffered some decent hail dents from the storm 

Severe Thunderstorm Warning / golf ball size hail / --

- Rich, Erik, Karl

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wall cloud to the nw 1/4

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wallcloud to the nw 2/4

May 17 - Tornado Survey
May 17 - Tornado Survey

wall cloud to the nw 1/4
wall cloud to the nw 1/4

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May 17 2017

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Rich and Erik get a shot at a Tornado Warned cell in Boone Co IL, only one problem, its gonna get close to Rich's house.  Staying at the house wasnt a bad idea as the wallcloud comes witin just a mile or less from the home to the northwest.  A tornado later forms minutes later but decide not to pursue due to lack of visibility.

Tornado Warning / dime size hail / strong winds

- Rich, Erik

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nearby station showing 34mph gust
nearby station showing 34mph gust

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May 29 2017

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A small rain event drops some surprise wind speeds across McHenry co and Lake Co IL.  After being alerted by a fellow chaser and friend about receiving 45mph winds from the shower, Erik heads out in Gurnee IL and while he isnt able to stay long out with the portable anemometer, a nearby station reports a 34mph gust.

no warning / no hail / strong winds

- Erik

Rich's view sw of Belvidere
Rich's view sw of Belvidere

Hail in Belvidere
Hail in Belvidere

as the cell dissapated looking east
as the cell dissapated looking east

Rich's view sw of Belvidere
Rich's view sw of Belvidere

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June 14 2017

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First storm of the day affects Boone and McHenry counties. Rich first documents the storm from his house as quarter size hail falls.  Erik then moves into rural parts of McHenry co where he gets some strong winds and up to nickle size hail.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning /1" size hail / strong winds

- Rich, Erik

As the storm approaches Belvidere IL
As the storm approaches Belvidere IL

Sentra and Lightning
Sentra and Lightning

as the storms approach
as the storms approach

As the storm approaches Belvidere IL
As the storm approaches Belvidere IL

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June 28 2017

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A tornado warned storm forms in Winnebago Co and moves into Boone.  Rich gets video/photos of it as it approaches Belvidere.  Erik sits in western parts of McHenry co as the tornado warned storm approaches.

Tornado Warning /dime size hail / strong winds

- Rich, Erik

** THIS ARTICLE IS STILL BEING UPDATED AS WE COLLECT PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT**

Shelf east of Genoa IL
Shelf east of Genoa IL

Lightning north of Genoa IL
Lightning north of Genoa IL

Shelf near Belvidere IL
Shelf near Belvidere IL

Shelf east of Genoa IL
Shelf east of Genoa IL

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July 19 2017

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Rich starts while tracking a tornado warned storm in Boone County, the derecho gives off a nice evening shelf cloud.  Erik heads south to Genoa IL for the rest of the storms.  He watches a few nice lightning displays as the storms move on thru.

Tornado Warning / no hail / strong winds

- Rich, Erik

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as the gust front approaches

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erik having a "shelfie"

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pano

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as the gust front approaches

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August 21 2017

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After deciding to not head south for the eclipse, Rich and Erik get a front row seat to an impressive gust front near Hudson IL (north of the Bloomington Normal area)  some stronger winds showed but very little of rain or lightning

no advisory / no hail / strong winds

- Rich, Erik

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August 21 2017

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Erik, Rich and Karl set up in Roscoe IL while out junkyarding to capture the eclipse.

no advisory / no hail / eclipse

- Erik, Rich, Karl