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                   Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 11:26PM CDT

Photogenic storm day in southern Illinois, June 21

By DAN ROBINSON
Storm Chaser/Photographer
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SEE ALSO: June 21 photos, part 2

A memory-card-filler type of day with various amazing skies for solid hours on end. I chased a line of severe storms down I-64 to Mount Vernon, then watched a train of outflow-dominant quasi-supercells pass by between Benton, Murphysboro and Pickneyville. Finally, I shot the front and back side of the last line of severe cells that went up between Belleville and St. Genevieve, MO into the night. I may update this post later with more images when time allows.

Panorama at Dahlgren, IL southeast of Mount Vernon:

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June 21 Illinois storms

Lightning at Vergennes, IL:

June 21 Illinois storms

Sunset severe storm shelf cloud with lightning at Coulterville, IL:

June 21 Illinois storms

Lightning bugs, stars and lightning at New Memphis, IL:

June 21 Illinois storms

Shelf cloud at Akin, IL east of Benton:

June 21 Illinois storms

Sunset shelf cloud panorama at Coulterville:

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June 21 Illinois storms

Lightning and flooded fields at Venedy, IL:

June 21 Illinois storms

Lightning, stars and iridium flare at New Memphis:

June 21 Illinois storms

Lightning west of Coulterville:

June 21 Illinois storms

Flanking line at dusk near Pickneyville:

June 21 Illinois storms

SEE ALSO: June 21 photos, part 2

Other nearby chaser reports from this day:

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The following comments were posted before this site switched to a new comment system on August 27, 2016:

Good grief, and here I was in WV happy to have seen a little shear funnel. Amazing stuff!
- Posted by Andy
Some cracking photography there Dan !!!
- Posted by Mick from UK
Super Beautiful Dan!
- Posted by John from Ohio
Excellent as usual! Saw two bright meteors from opposite you at Altamont so be that you were facing ENE, wonder if that may be one of the ones I saw too as I was looking WSW and up?
- Posted by Paul from Decatur, IL
I thought at first that it was a meteor, and that's possible as I didn't notice it when it happened - but the symmetrical tapering at both ends looks more iridium flare-ish. Wish I'd had the shutter open longer to pick up some lightning bugs in that one!
- Posted by Dan R. from New Baden, IL
Great shots, Dan! Wish I'd headed down I-64 a little quicker so I could ahve stayed ahead of the storms, although the flying tree debris along 64 near the Kaskaskia River was interesting to say the least.
- Posted by John from Edwardsville, IL
great photos
- Posted by mom
Thanks again for the comments!
- Posted by Dan R. from New Baden, IL

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