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Latest Blog Posts Index:

October 10:
Hurricane Michael intercept in Panama City, FL >>

The intercept of the eyewall of near-Category 5 Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Florida.

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September 17:
September 2018 blog update: upcoming videos >>

The primary reason for the silent blog is that I have been devoting near 100% of my production time since early July to a series of upcoming Youtube videos on lightning myths, facts and science that will employ detailed 3d modeling.

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August 7:
Lightning barrage at Alton, IL with bolts striking Mississippi River locks and bridge - August 6, 2018 >>

A crazy CG lightning producer over Alton today with bolts striking both the Clark Bridge and the Melvin Price locks and dam.

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August 5:
New Gateway Arch entrance at twilight - August 4, 2018 >>

We finally had a nice clear twilight on a weekend for capturing these new angles of the new Gateway Arch main entrance.

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July 29:
Storm chasing roundup for July 3-20, 2018 >>

This July has been full of notable events in the Midwest, but I have struck out on the vast majority of them. Losing streaks like these are painful, but they're part of storm chasing. Here is a roundup of the events.

New Baden Shelf cloud panorama

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July 5:
July 4 fireworks and airshow in downtown St. Louis >>

Here are a few images captured yesterday during the first day of Fair St. Louis, including the airshow and the fireworks:


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June 28:
Spectacular sunset lightning show in downtown St. Louis - June 28, 2018 >>

Storms continue to overperform in the Midwest, with a barrage of storms affecting the St. Louis metro every 12 hours or so this week. The latest in this series was a high pressure ridge-riding severe bow echo that began in central Iowa moving due east, eventually turning south through the metro area.

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June 25:
Supercells in the St. Louis metro - June 25, 2018 >>

A warm front draped northwest to southest through the heart of the St. Louis metro area, strong instability and an upper-level jet made Monday a potentially big chase day for the region.

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June 24:
2018 Great Plains season epilogue undo: Trip #4 preview >>

A highly anomalous re-appearance of the jet stream across the southern Great Plains beginning on June 22 was the impetus for a quite unexpected Plains chase expedition #4 for the year.

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June 16:
2018 Great Plains season: Final chase accounts and Epilogue >>

It's a wrap - the annual summer ridge of high pressure has arrived in the central US, which means the 2018 Great Plains tornado chasing season has come to a close. This was one of the more difficult seasons in storm chasing history. Tornadoes were very hard to come by, especially when it came to classic events that produced good results.

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June 15:
Chase log: Colorado landspout tornado outbreak, May 28 >>

Completed final chase log from May 28 with photos, videos, GPS and detailed account of the day's chase.

Colorado landspout tornado outbreak

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June 14:
Gateway Arch rainbow - June 14, 2018 >>

Yet another day in the Midwest when storms manage to beat the odds against a strong summer capping inversion, maintaining strength despite earlier forecasts for clear skies!

Gateway Arch rainbow, June 14, 2018

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June 13:
Lightning barrages north and east of St. Louis - June 11, 2018 >>

I had originally not planned on chasing this day, as models had been keeping storms far to our east and west. But as the day dawned, short-term models began picking up on storms forming during the late afternoon north of St. Louis and tracking through the metro area toward sunset.

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June 10:
Sunset lightning at Woodburn, IL - June 10, 2018 >>

This weekend has been mainly full of working on video and photos from Great Plains chase trip #3 (final chase reports coming soon). In the meantime, this storm north of St. Louis on Sunday the 10th produced enough for a blog post of its own. These were shot at sunset at Woodburn, Illinois, north of Alton:

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June 2:
2018 Great Plains expedition #3: quick summary >>

I just returned home from Great Plains chase trip #3 of the 2018 season, which ran from Sunday, May 27 to Saturday, June 2. The trip was a good one despite the challenging pattern: I netted a total of 7 tornadoes and came away with some nice imagery and video.

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May 26:
Chase forecast update 8 - for May 26 >>

The abysmal upper level and surface weather patterns characteristic of the 2018 season so far have continued. That being said, there is some High Plains action possible in Colorado and Nebraska starting Sunday as a western upper trough grazes these areas with coveted southwesterly flow, albeit it is shown being on the weak side with intermittent bursts of workable flow of 30 knots and above. Read full post >>

May 16:
Chase forecast update 7 - for May 16 >>

We're heading into the climatological peak of spring tornado season, but the atmosphere is having other ideas. After our late winter and cold April, we have yet to see a good upper-level wind pattern for severe storms and tornadoes in the Great Plains this season. Read full post >>

May 12:
Day 1: Clinton to Chickasha, Oklahoma (May 2) >>

I managed to get one day of Great Plains chasing in this year on the first expedition of the 2018 season.

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May 6:
Lightning at New Baden, IL - May 6, 2018 >>

I went on a short chase outing around town with my parents who were visiting this weekend. We saw some interesting high-based storms with a few bursts of nice lightning.

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April 29:
Plains chase forecast update 5, for April 29 >>

Models are converging on chaseworthy setups on Tuesday (May 1) and Wednesday (May 2) in Nebraska, Kansas and/or Oklahoma, thanks to moisture being in place underneath a belt of southwesterly upper flow provided by a western US trough.

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April 25:
Plains chase forecast update 4, for April 25  >>

After a long and cold April, May's arrival is bringing with it the first potentially chaseable system in the Great Plains to watch.

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April 21:
Observations and thoughts on the political spectrum in the west >>

I don't claim to have an infallible handle on the current situation in the US and the world, but here is my current perception charted out to the best of my ability.

Political spectrum

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April 19:
Chase forecast update for April 19 >>

Despite a brief round of storms on the 3rd and again on the 13th, the weather has resembled February more than April here in the Midwest.

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April 15:
Storm chasing roundup for March 24 - April 13 >>

The 2018 spring chase season has been slow to start, with more winter events in the Midwest than convective severe weather! Here is a roundup of my outings during the past few weeks:

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March 19:
Can we forecast how good or bad a storm chasing season will be? >>

As we close in on the month of April each year, the storm chasing community is always rife with speculation on how good or bad the upcoming peak season might be. Read full post >>

March 12:
St. Louis Tornadoes & Severe Storms: Facts, History & Frequently Asked Questions >>

St. Louis has a long history of tornadoes and severe weather going back to the city's earliest days. In this article, we'll look at some of the historical events, data, myths and facts about severe weather in the region.

St. Louis Tornadoes and Severe Storms: Facts, History and Frequently Asked Questions

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March 1:
2018 chase blog kickoff >>

It's that time of year again! We've made it through a very cold and long meteorological winter, and it's time to welcome the increasingly warm air, green foliage, open roads and of course the world-famous severe weather season in the Midwest and Great Plains.

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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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