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                   Monday, April 4, 2011 - 5:57AM CDT

April 4 lightning at Highland, IL

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After taking in a relaxing Sunday and enjoying not spending $130 on a futile chase to Iowa, I ended up logging about 30 miles early this morning. Storms finally rolled into the St. Louis area before dawn on Monday, as models had previously suggested they would. Visible lightning activity was spotty and infrequent, but I was blessed to encounter a small cell on the west side of Highland, IL just as it pulsed up and produced a short barrage of cloud-to-ground lightning at 5AM:

Lightning over Highland, IL 1

Lightning over Highland, IL 3

Lightning over Highland, IL 2

Lightning over Highland, IL 4

Looking ahead, it appears our next severe storm chances will arrive around Thursday as another upper trough approaches. A nice deep-layer wind field and decent moisture will be present. The 2011 spring storm season is in full swing!

nice shots! hopefully we will start having some weather here in MN soon!
- Posted by Michael Thompson from minneapolis

Thanks Michael, looks like the next few days will be active, possibly all the way up in MN!
- Posted by Dan R. from New Baden, IL

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