3-22-2011 Storm Chase

Filed Under (2011) by Jflaherty on 22-03-2011

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Jason went storm chasing today. There was some very fast moving storms in Western Iowa. Jason put together a short 68 second video telling his story of the day. 🙂 You can see it below. As always, we recommend switching it to high definition. The option comes up after you push play.

Weather 4-6-2010

Filed Under (2010) by Jflaherty on 06-04-2010

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Update – Well, the heart of the tornado watch has moved east of Des Moines, Iowa and that was just too far for us to go in the remaining daylight. On the bright side, Jason is just about done with Episode 4 of Unreal Weather and it should be up soon.
Well well well… no, your browser isn’t displaying the same pictures for today as yesterday. The outlook does indeed look almost exactly the same as yesterday with a 10% chance of Tornadoes in the Iowa/Missouri border. Our whole team is working a full shift today, but we are keeping tabs on how it develops to see if we can make a play on anything after work. Check back after 4:30 pm today for updates.

SPC Outlook for 4-6-2010


Chase 4-5-2010

Filed Under (2010) by Jflaherty on 05-04-2010

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Hello Everyone! Southern Iowa is turning into a monster storm cell today and we’re going to go chase it! Jason got off work earliest so he is going to head out now and get things set up. Hopefully he’ll get the streaming working on the way. Seth will be tagging along with Jason while Jared stays at home.

Here is the Storm Prediction Center image for Iowa today.

Severe Weather Outlook


This just in. Despite what the SPC is saying, it looks as though Kansas might be the better chase spot today as a look at the RUC Surface Cape shows awesome potential in the Wichita area. We’ll update when we chose a location.



– 6:30 p.m. – Seth was able to join Jason and the two of them decided that Iowa did end up looking like the better spot to chase. We are currently sitting in Clarinda, IA waiting to see if anything develops. There have been some storms to the north and east, but everything points to the Missouri, Iowa border so we are waiting.
– 9:45 p.m. – Well, Jason and Seth waited for quite a while in Clarinda. Some thicker clouds started moving in, but it was obvious nothing was going to happen. We were able to see a storm in north western Kansas for which was cause enough to merit a tornado watch for all in its path, but it was too dark for us to go after so we returned home.

Fourth Chase

Filed Under (2009) by J R on 13-05-2009

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Below is the trace from yesterday’s chase. The tornado icon near Edina, MO is where at tornado was reported earlier and where we ran into the debris which consisted of entire downed trees, damaged shed roofs, and a flattened shed. There may have been more, but we were unable to cross the road at 2 places because of downed trees (see pic below). [5/14/09 19:10 CDT by Jason]

Downed Tree

Total Chase Miles: 940

Click on image to view it larger. See full size image here.
We made it back to our home base around 2 a.m. last night. Not much time for reflection or posts. In our chasing yesterday, we ran smack into the destruction path of a tornado that had been reported 20 minutes earlier. The debris field covered not 1, but 2 of our south bound roads and pretty much stopped us from getting to any more tornado warnings because the third path south was much to far out of the way. We got some video of the destruction and will have it posted later with the video. [5/14/09 16:50 CDT by Jason]

The storm we were following had a MAJOR outbreak and caused damage to MANY homes along the way. Unfortunately there was also one* death related to this series of storms, see the Kirksville,MO article here.

*There are now two confirmed deaths in Kirksville. Although this storm was very well foretasted and warned, not everyone has the proper shelter to protect them from these events. It is a very sad event that happens all too often but our thoughts go out to the families of these victims.

Storm Reports 51309

* Other updates were posted via Twitter due to the ease of access.

-Update 2: The system has finally started to develop. The first tornado warning of the day has been issued for northern Missouri. We have just crossed over into Iowa and heading for north eastern Missouri so we can get in line with the wall of storms forming. [17:25 by Jason]

-Update 1: We are in Western Illinois trying to find a good place to stake out and watch the storm develop. The one that is going to be hitting us hasn’t formed at all yet, but its only a matter of time. We’re going to Camp Point, IL right now because it has a few good highways from which to make a quick chase from.  [15:40 by Jason]

– We are currently heading east on I80 through Iowa. There is a very high chance for severe weather in Illinois today and we figured it would be worth the 5 hour drive to partake in this event. We’ll be streaming live video when we get closer to the storms. Currently all we have is gray skies with very low lying clouds. [09:21 by Jason]

Tornado Prediction