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January 12:
Light pillars during sleet in southern Illinois >>

During Thursday evening's winter weather in the St. Louis area and southern Illinois, a rare atmospheric optics phenomenon developed over much of the area.

Light pillars in O'Fallon, IL

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December 15:
California trip landscape photos - November 2017 >>

During the San Andreas Fault expedition last month, didn't do any sightseeing other than of the fault itself. I passed within easy distances of landmarks like the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, downtown Los Angeles, Joshua Tree National Park and New Mexico's Zuni-Bandera volcanic field, but in the end, I just did not have time to make the diversions to go see them. However, there was some interesting scenery encountered along the routes I took, so I thought I would devote a blog post to them.

California trip landscape photos - November 2017

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December 9:
San Andreas Fault Tour: Parkfield to the Salton Sea, California >>

Take a photo tour of the 310-mile locked-and-ready-to-rupture southern San Andreas Fault system, a likely source for an upcoming major earthquake in southern California.

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November 6:
Lightning barrage, hail & tornado from fall supercell - November 5, 2017 >>

A fall (and even winter) severe weather event or two is the norm here in the Midwest, so Sunday's hail and tornado risk was nothing out of the ordinary for the St. Louis region.

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November 4:
Earthquake chasing: the top "targets" to experience/document a major quake >>

Is it possible to "chase" an earthquake, like storm chasers do with hurricanes, supercells and tornadoes?

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November 3:
Fall Illinois lightning show - November 2, 2017 >>

Sort of a surprise thunderstorm event snuck up on me last night - I say "sort of" only because my lack of awareness was due to an extended period of work days causing me to break my usual routine of daily weather monitoring.

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October 2:
Positive cloud-to-ground lightning show - September 4, 2017 >>

These types of storms that produce fascinating oddities are one part of what keeps storm chasing interesting for me.

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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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