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                   Sunday, March 7, 2010 - 5:55PM CST

First convection of 2010

By DAN ROBINSON
Storm Chaser/Photographer
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With surface temps topping 66°F, some weak low-topped convection passed over New Baden this afternoon, ushering in the first chase of the year. Not much of an event, but great to get out and breathe in the fresh air after a long winter. I followed the last cell in the cluster to Albers, about 6 miles east - but didn't pursue any farther due to their rapid eastward movement (at least 65mph). No lightning with these cells, but occasional pea-sized hail mixed in with the rain. A faint rainbow appeared as the sun broke through to the west, and a classic Midwest/Plains golden sunset occupied the drive back.

Looking west from New Baden:


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Some pea-sized hail mixed in here:


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Rainbow and blackbirds (still everywhere):


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Wide view looking east at Albers:


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Driving west toward home on Highway 161:


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