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2011 Storm Chasing & Photography Accounts, Photos and Videos

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Due to traffic concerns, 2011 is the first year since 2000 that I did not make a trip to the Great Plains in the spring. My travel in 2011 was done entirely within the Midwest region, and as usual, it did not disappoint. I came away with two tornadoes and some memorable supercell, hail and storm structure events, all within a couple of hours of home. A year like 2011 is the reason I chose to live in the Midwest, and shows that quality storms can be had outside of the Great Plains.

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2011 Storm Highlights

June 26, 2011
ST. LOUIS - 5 hours of lightning in downtown St. Louis culminates a 17-hour storm chase day across MO and IL.

June 21, 2011
AKIN, IL - Severe thunderstorms put on a show across south-central Illinois.

June 19, 2011
ST. LOUIS - Upward and downward lightning strikes to the KMOV TV tower in St. Louis.

June 10, 2011
MULBERRY GROVE, IL - Vivid lightning show at night on the Illinois prairie.

June 4, 2011
DECATUR, IL - Strong outflow from severe storms produces a 'haboob'-like dust storm near Decatur.

May 28, 2011
LITCHFIELD, IL - Supercell and hail in southern Illinois.

May 25, 2011
DIX, IL - High Risk day in Illinois with an EF1 tornado.

May 22, 2011
TREOLAR, MO - Supercell along the Missouri River.

May 7, 2011
TERRE HAUTE, IN - Supercell and close lightning in Illinois and Indiana.

May 5, 2011
NEW BADEN, IL - Well-defined shelf cloud in the eastern STL metro.

April 27, 2011
ST. ALBANS, WV - Upward tower lightning and mountain supercells.

April 22, 2011
MCKITTRICK, MO - Softball-sized hail along the Missouri River.

April 19, 2011
LITCHFIELD, IL - EF2 tornado in south-central Illinois.

April 15, 2011
ST. LOUIS, MO - Severe storms in the metro area during a cold-core setup.

April 10, 2011
MOSCOW MILLS, MO - Close lightning barrage along Highway 61 northwest of St. Louis.

April 4, 2011
HIGHLAND, IL - Early morning lightning show in the metro-east.

March 26, 2011
MARISSA, IL - Thundersnow during a spring snowstorm in the St. Louis area.

March 4, 2011
LAKE ST. LOUIS, MO - Bow echoes strike northwest of downtown St. Louis.

February 27, 2011
ST. LOUIS - Intense bow echo with embedded tornadoes strikes downtown.

February 3, 2011
NEW BADEN, IL - Ice storm in the STL Metro-East.

All 2011 Storm Logs

January 2011:
1/11: Snowstorm MO
1/20: Snowstorm MO/IL
1/31: Freezing rain IL

February 2011:
2/2: Freezing rain IL
2/3: Ice storm IL
2/27: Severe storms MO

March 2011:
3/4: Severe storms MO
3/18: Thunderstorms IL
3/26: Thundersnow IL

April 2011:
4/4: Lightning chase IL
4/10: Close lightning MO
4/15: Severe storms MO,IL
4/19: Tornado intercept IL
4/22: Lightning chase IL
4/22: Softball hail MO
4/23: Lightning chase IL
4/25: Flooding IL
4/25: Thunderstorms WV
4/27: Tower lightning WV,VA

May 2011:
5/5: Shelf cloud IL
5/7: Close lightning IL,IN
5/22: Supercell MO
5/25: Tornado intercept IL
5/28: Supercell/hail IL

June 2011:
- 6/4: Dust storm IL
6/10: Lightning chase IL
- 6/16: Asperatus clouds IL
6/19: Tower lightning MO
6/21: Severe storms IL
6/26: Lightning chase MO, IL

July 2011:
7/12: Severe storms IL

August 2011:
8/13: Lightning chase IL
- 8/16: Steam devils IL
8/19: Tower lightning IL

September 2011:
9/3: Lightning chase IL

October 2011:
10/24: Auroras IL

November 2011:
- 11/8: Storm bust IL
11/14: Lightning chase IL, KY

December 2011:
12/5: Freezing rain MO/IL

Catch of the Year:

April 19: Tornado near Litchfield, IL. [ Read more about this event ]

2011 Mileage
Winter 515
Tornado 4,247
General Weather 1,699

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