7/25/09 Chase Recap

6/25/09 Chase Recap

Summary:

Well, not much to say here. Not a bust, but a pretty uneventful chase. A visible outflow boundary formed near KDTX, and ran north and south. I got out a little late, as a cell north of Plymouth, MI crossed over that outflow boundary, and went tornado warned. I decided to head out, and head towards Ann Arbor.

Eventually we headed south out of Ann Arbor, and intercepted a storm that quickly fizzled out. We headed back north, and on the way, DTX issued a tornado warning for the cell just to the east of the one we left. It appeared to be all outflow, and no tornado was ever confirmed, so I'm glad we didn't turn around and go after it.

Heading back north again to try to intercept another cell which appeared to spawn off a cold pool or and OFB from a previous storm, we got stuck in rush hour traffic around Ann Arbor. A small hail core was about to pound us from the north. We finally got moving again, but not quite in time, as we encountered some brief heavy rain, and pea-sized hail.

6/19/09 Chase Recap

Summary:

This day was a MDT risk day for severe weather. I left around 2:30 PM, and intercepted a storm just south of Angola, IN. It wasn't very impressive, and nothing interesting was popping up yet. We waited about an hour, and then noticed a storm just north of Rochester. It went tornado warned after a little bit, and we traveled south through Fort Wayne, and intercepted the storm just south of Huntington. The storm wasn't real organized, and we only saw a brief wall cloud. The storm died out, and a large MCS blob was forming on the other side of Lake Michigan. We headed north, and eventually met up with Ben Holcomb in South Bend, IN and continued north where we stopped south of St. Joe to watch the storm come ashore. The lightning show was pretty good, and winds were estimated at about 45mph. After the bulk of it passed, we headed home.

Full Recap:

We left Friday the 19th around 2:30 and headed south on I-69 towards Indiana. The SPC had issued a Moderate risk for severe weather for Ohio, Northern Indiana, Illinois, and extreme Southern Lower Michigan.

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