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2012 Storm Observing Accounts, Photos and Videos

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2012 is another year I consider to be of stellar quality, despite its overall difficulty level - particularly with the marked lack of Plains season action. Outside of the April 14 outbreak, there were few quality tornado setups for spring season storm observers. However, my April 13 and 14 tornado intercepts were top-tier in quality, and I came home with some of my best tornado video of all time.

The Midwest expeditions were also memorable, with the September 25 quality tornado intercept just 12 miles from home being one of my all-time favorites. Also of note is that I saw and captured lightning still images in every month of the year, a streak that lasted well into 2013 at 17 months!

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2012 Expedition Highlights

September 25, 2012
OKAWVILLE, IL - A strong fall season tornado from an HP supercell east of St. Louis.

August 9, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Lightning striking Event Tower in downtown Indianapolis.

August 4, 2012
ST. LOUIS - A spectacular lightning show over the Gateway Arch.

May 5, 2012
CARLYLE, IL - Incredible close lightning barrage in south central Illinois.

April 28, 2012
O'FALLON, IL - Intense supercell with large hail in the St. Louis metro.

April 14, 2012
WAYNOKA, OK - Multiple tornadoes in northwestern Oklahoma.

April 13, 2012
COOPERTON, OK - Getting caught by a large tornado in southwestern Oklahoma.

April 12, 2012
ATWOOD, KS - Beautiful storm structure in northwestern Kansas.

March 16, 2012
NEW BADEN, IL - Lightning and rainbow at sunrise during morning storms.

March 2, 2012
HENSHAW, KY - Storm observing severe storms from sunrise on during the big outbreak day.

February 28-29, 2012
NEW BADEN, IL - Still more winter thunderstorms for the St. Louis metro.

January 22, 2012
STEELE, MO - A another winter severe storm outbreak in Missouri and Arkansas.

January 17, 2012
ST. LOUIS - A wintertime lightning show in Missouri and over the Arch.

All 2012 Expedition Logs

January 2012:
1/17: Lightning expedition MO
1/22: Tornado expedition MO/AR

February 2012:
2/28: Lightning expedition IL

March 2012:
3/2: Tornado expedition IL/IN/KY
3/16: Lightning/rainbow IL
3/19: Tornado expedition IL

April 2012:
4/12: Supercells KS
4/13: Tornado intercepts OK
4/14: Tornado intercepts OK
4/26: Hail IL
4/28: Large hail IL

May 2012:
5/5: Close lightning IL
5/6: Lightning MO/IL
5/24: Supercell bust IA
5/29: Lightning IL
5/31: Severe storms KY/IN

June 2012:
6/3: Lightning OK
6/4: Severe storm MO

July 2012:
7/1: Severe storms IL
7/7: Lightning IL
7/9: Severe storms MO
7/19: Distant storm IL

August 2012:
8/4: Arch lightning MO
8/9: Supercell/lightning IN

September 2012:
9/21: Supercell IL
9/25: Tornado intercept IL

October 2012:
10/5: Lightning IL
10/17: Lightning MO
10/22: Close lightning IL
10/25: Cold front IL

November 2012:
11/22: Lightning IL

December 2012:
12/3: Lightning IL/MO
12/9: Lightning TN/MO
12/19: Lightning MO/IL
12/20: Blowing snow IL

Catch of the Year:

September 25: Amazing fall season tornado in Illinois.
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