Unreal Weather Episode 5

Filed Under (2009, Episodes) by Jflaherty on 14-04-2010

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Episode 5 is uploaded and all ready for viewing.
In this episode, Jason sets off alone on another chase that ends in muddy frustration.

Reminder: This can be viewed in 1080p high definition.

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 3/9/2010

Filed Under (2010) by Jflaherty on 09-03-2010

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Chase Route for 2010-03-09

Chase Route. 331.4 miles.

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Updates on chase Day:
8:45 pm – Well, I just got home. I wasn’t really expecting there to be anything interesting today. I knew the best chance I had would be an F1 tornado or maybe a cold cell tornado. It was more of a good test to see how all systems are functioning and they were not quite ready. I appreciate you participating in this practice chase. Had there been a real thunderstorm it would have been much more exciting. 🙂
5:00 pm – Made it to Plattsburg, MO. I couldn’t stay south any longer because it just wasn’t looking very promising. This location looks as good as any other. Some stronger cells are starting to form slowly so I plan to wait here and see what they do. Video of radar at this time on the link below.
Waiting at Plattsburg, MO
3:30 pm – Just arrived at Leavenworth. Got my internet back and refreshed all maps and found out that they moved the 2% tornado probability just east of me. Trying to decide what to do. Watch clip below for details.
Leavenworth, KS 2% Tornado prob moved video
First Post: Well, the time has finally come at last.  It is our first official chase of the 2010 storm season.  There is a slight risk of tornadoes in eastern Kansas / western Missouri though it probably won’t amount to much at all.  It is close enough however that Jason is going to go check things out in the area.  Stay posted here for any updates and possible live video stream later.

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

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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