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September 3:
Summer 2017 storm chasing roundup >>

Here are the highlights of storms and weather events observed since my Great Plains chase season ended on June 13.

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August 26:
Total solar eclipse - Goreville, Illinois - August 21, 2017 >>

Unlike most storm chasing and celestial experiences that come up in timescales of days or hours, I had been looking forward to this event for over a decade.

Total Solar Eclipse

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August 21:
Final pre-eclipse update (4): no Midwest traffic apocalypse, but clouds still threatening >>

The big day is here - and just a few quick points to cover.

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August 17:
Eclipse update 3: Signs point to possible "Traffic Apocalypse" in St. Louis >>

Four days out from the big event, and things are definitely getting interesting.

MODOT eclipse warning

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August 12:
Cloud forecast for the 2017 total solar eclipse in the Midwest - Update 2 >>

We are now close enough in time to eclipse day to start getting a feel from models of what type of weather pattern we can expect across the country on August 21.

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August 4:
Cloud forecasting overview for the 2017 total solar eclipse in the Midwest - Part 1 >>

I've blogged about the potential traffic issues before, during and after the eclipse in the Midwest. This post will cover the other challenge for eclipse watchers: the risk for clouds to obscure the event from view.

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July 25:
Traffic tips and strategies for viewing the 2017 total solar eclipse in the St. Louis area >>

As we're past the one-month mark to Eclipse Day, people are making their final plans for traveling to the path of totality.

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June 16:
Detailed June 12 and 13 Plains chase logs, season epilogue >>

As part of the final post for the season, here are links to the completed final chase reports for the June 12 and 13 chase days during Great Plains expedition #2 for the year. These chase logs contain a detailed account, video, dashcam, photos and GPS logs from each day.

June 12 tornadoes

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June 14:
Great Plains trip #2 preliminary recap >>

As it became increasingly clear that Monday's event (June 12) was going to have high-end tornado potential (and therefore worth the marathon drive), I ended up packing up and leaving Sunday afternoon (June 11) for Plains trip #2 for the season.

June 12 tornadoes

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June 10:
Plains forecast update for June 10 >>

Next Tuesday continues to look impressive enough to tip the scales in favor of Plains trip #2 for the season happening.

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June 5:
Plains forecast update for June 5: A re-awakening? >>

I really had this season written off last week. I even went and did my traditional end-of-season car wash to remove all of the Plains rural road dirt and mud. But the models have been sending a consistent signal for the past several days that we might not be done yet! What should appear this weekend into next week on model output but a nice western trough and several days of good midlevel southwest flow over the Plains.

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June 3:
Storm chasing photo/video roundup for May 20-29 >>

Here is a roundup of some Midwest storm chasing during the last part of May.

St. Louis tower lightning - May 27, 2017

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May 28:
Plains forecast update for May 28: Season over? >>

Most seasons, if by June 1st, a major western trough or at least modest westerly-southwest flow over the Great Plains isn't showing up in the medium-to-long range models, it's a sign that the peak severe weather season may have come and gone.

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May 21:
The Top 5 ways to be known as an idiot storm chaser >>

Here are five guaranteed ways to earn a reputation as an idiot storm chaser

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May 20:
Plains trip #1 recap >>

The first Great Plains chase expedition of 2017 has come to a close - and it was a great trip!

Oklahoma City upward lightning

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May 17:
Day 1: McLean, Texas tornado and large hail >>

After much waffling and agonizing about whether to do a Plains trip this week, on Monday night I finally decided to just go for it.

McLean, Texas tornado - May 16, 2017

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May 15:
Plains forecast update for May 15 >>

Each model run as this week's system approaches has turned worse and worse, introducing numerous problems into the fray for chase prospects. Read full post >>

May 13:
Plains forecast update for May 13: Trip 1 likely >>

It looks like we may finally have setups worthy of the first Plains expedition of the 2017 season, thanks to a couple of shortwaves embedded in a broad-scale western US trough set to move over the Great Plains next week. Read full post >>

May 7:
Becoming a "storm snob": Plains forecast update for May 7 >>

The phenomenal events of last May have pushed me solidly into a new phase of my chasing life, one that many will call that of a "storm snob". Read full post >>

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