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April 11:
Storm chasing season forecast update 5 for April 11 >>

I just arrived home from the trip to New Hampshire/Vermont for the eclipse, but it appears that Lord willing, I'll be back on the road soon. A significant tornado event on this coming Monday the 15th has been indicated by models for several days now.

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April 10:
Total solar eclipse of April 8, 2024: Vermont and New Hampshire >>

Virginia Beach chaser Bill Coyle, my brother and his family from Raleigh, my sister and her family from Boston and I traveled to Vermont and New Hampshire to observe the 2024 eclipse.

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March 31:
Storm chasing season forecast update 4 for March 31 >>

Sunday and Monday continue to have supercell/tornado potential in the Great Plains, but we will also have arguably equal or even better chances of the same here in the Midwest.

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March 27:
Storm chasing season forecast update 3 for March 27 >>

As covered in my last post, the current system making its way through the central US has great wind profiles for tornadoes, but was very lacking in enough moisture for the main Great Plains component of the event on Sunday. Once this trough exits to the east, another is shown following by most all medium-range models and model ensemble members.

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March 20:
Season forecast update for 3/20, hail shields progress >>

Meteorological spring 2024 has started out active, with four convective severe storms outings and two big supercell/tornado setups already logged for the year.

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March 1:
Annual March 1 post >>

It's that time of year again! We've made it through another meteorological winter to the season of green trees and grass, warm air, longer days and most importantly to storm chasers, storms!

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February 29:
February 2024 Storm Chasing Recap: Lightning, Tornadoes and Icy Roads >>

February this year was more like March: I observed lightning on five different days, captured lightning stills three times and saw the first tornado of the year - all within the state of Illinois.

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January 24:
Storm chasing and photography roundup from September 2023 to January 2024 >>

After the first of the year, I've been very busy with numerous winter weather events and trips, making a southern US/south Texas chase for the third winter in a row. Here's a summary of events covered since September of last year.

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January 11:
St. Louis' Gateway Arch over New Baden, Illinois >>

From 400 feet in the air, the Gateway Arch and downtown St. Louis appears in the background over New Baden, Illinois from 30 miles away.

St. Louis' Gateway Arch over New Baden, Illinois

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October 17:
Dan Robinson's Copyright and DMCA Frequently Asked Questions >>

Copyright infringement is a continuous assault on the livelihoods of today's content creators (photographers, filmmakers, musicians, writers, artists).

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September 6:
MYTH: Tornadoes are the biggest weather danger in the Great Plains and Midwest. >>

In the United States, including in the Midwest and Great Plains regions, there is another weather phenomenon that kills and injures significantly more people annually than tornadoes.

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August 22:
Atmospheric moisture content as a potential factor in fast vs slow states of positive lightning leaders >>

The purpose of this study is to investigate the hypothesis that atmospheric moisture content (represented by dewpoint temperature) plays a role in whether positive lightning leaders are slow (highly branched) versus fast (branchless) below cloud base.

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July 29:
Chicago skyscraper lightning extravaganza - July 29, 2023 >>

Nighttime storms produced at least 21 upward lightning events to Chicago's tallest buildings overnight Friday night, including strikes to 4, 5 and 7 of them at once.

Chicago skyscraper lightning extravaganza

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June 30:
Gateway Arch lightning strike: June 30, 2023 >>

The Gateway Arch was struck by lightning during an incredible barrage of lightning in downtown St. Louis between 9PM and 10:15PM on Friday night.

Lightning strikes the Gateway Arch in St. Louis

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June 17:
2023 Great Plains Storm Chasing & Photography Expeditions >>

After it appeared that the Great Plains would not offer any spring setups worth traveling for, a respectable multi-day tornado risk quickly materialized in mid-June, well after my usual end-of-season time. This resulted in a four-day Plains trip from June 15 to June 18.

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June 11:
Season Epilogue: The year without a classic Great Plains peak storm season >>

I've seen enough of medium-range models that I'm confident in declaring that my annual Great Plains tornado season standby period has ended, and will do so without me having made any Plains chases.

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May 31:
May-June 2023 storm chasing roundup >>

Here's a summary of events covered during the peak of an uncharacteristically inactive severe weather season in the Plains and Midwest.

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May 25:
Spring storm season update for May 25 >>

We're in the climatological peak of severe weather season in the Midwest and Plains, but you wouldn't know it from my daily schedule the past 2 weeks. It's been life-as-usual here, with very little of significance in the realm of storms to pursue either at home or in the Great Plains.

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April 21:
March-April 2023 storm chasing roundup >>

Here's a summary of events covered as the 2023 severe weather season gets going in March and April.

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April 9:
Updates on St. Louis Metrolink/bike trail extension to MidAmerica Airport >>

Work is finally under way on the much-anticipated extension of the St. Louis Metrolink light rail line from its current terminus at Scott AFB to MidAmerica Airport. Tree and brush clearing as well as utility/power line modifications along the right-of-way have been in progress for a few weeks. The plans for the extension have been publicly posted by St. Clair County, and they reveal some interesting details about the project.

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April 6:
Season forecast update 3 - could winter be done? Plus: recent storm catches >>

After this week's big system brings a temporary surge of cold air into the northern US (and a couple of frosts to the middle latitudes), all of the available long-range models and ensembles show what looks like a permanent retreat of major cold air into Canada afterward.

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March 28:
Season forecast update >>

After a cold and mostly-quiet March in the Midwest, things are finally looking to start heating up in the next 2 weeks - both in the temperature and severe storms realms. While medium-to-long range models still show a troubling mass of cold air in Canada that threatens to surge south at a pattern-shift's-notice, the warmth and moisture in the Gulf and southern US is shown to be equally as robust.

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March 15:
Mid-March season update: winter hanging on; hail shield; adding old storm logs >>

A bit of an update as we anticipate the arrival of spring storm season. So far, that hasn't really happened in the traditional sense, outside of a couple of events down in central Texas and the deep South.

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March 1:
Annual March 1 post >>

It's that time of year again! We've made it through another cold winter to the start of the transition into severe weather and tornado season.

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February 28:
January-February 2023 Storms and Weather Roundup >>

While January 2023 was a busy month for weather travels, February was mostly quiet. The following is a recap of weather observed during the first two months of this year.

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January 1:
Music from the Road 11: New Year's 2023 edition >>

Starting out the new year with this 11th edition of Music from the Road, another in the arrangement of a late-1990s era MBN Saturday Night (Moody Radio) broadcast.

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December 31:
Mid-November to December 2022 Storms and Weather Roundup >>

Below-average weather action continued for the lower Midwest into the final weeks of the year.

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November 21:
September to mid-November 2022 Storms and Weather Roundup >>

Interesting weather has been uncharacteristically absent from the lower Midwest since the end of August. Here's a roundup of the (very few) events covered during that time.

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August 31:
June-August 2022 Storms and Weather Roundup >>

The following is a recap of weather observed during meteorological summer of 2022 - a very slow season for photogenic storms, despite one historic event.

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June 16:
2022 Great Plains storm chase logs >>

The summer ridge has arrived across the central USA, bringing an end to the 2022 severe weather season in the Great Plains. This season was a difficult one for storm chasing, with numerous days that had great potential which failed to produce.

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