Aug 9, 2012
Galesburg, IL
I got off work around 8:15pm and caught up with an embedded tornadic supercell that had formed in Southeast Iowa and pushed into Western Illinois, just north of Monmouth, IL. I missed a confirmed tornado by about 20 minutes however was able to document some rather incredible structure as the storm approached me, definitely in my top for Illinois in the last several years. Sad I missed the tornado, but couldn't get out of work in time...just how it goes. Here are my shots for the day, no real forecasting went into it, more of a "spot chase" than anything:




I've probably got around 100 images from this storm to edit, more than happy with what I was able to walk away with!
Jun 24, 2010
Norman, OK
Chasing with Chris McBee and Jake Riley in Northwest Oklahoma I had very low expectations for this day. I was hoping for an epic shelf cloud, blowing dust, and maybe some gustnado spin ups.

What I ended up with was my first June tornado from a very slow moving supercell that moved southward from Dewey County into Custer County.

The following picture/video grabs were shot on 183 or east of 183 south and southeast of Putnam, OK.

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Chris who's a storm tracker for KFOR-TV was sent to cover the damage that occurred on 183. We came across a house that lost its roof, another house that lost its roof on top of the garage, a boat getting tossed into a ditch, and trees, powerlines, and road signs blown over.

My video of the tornado and some of the damage can be found on my YouTube channel.

Dan Robinson

Staff member
Jan 14, 2011
St. Louis
Target this day was any storms that interacted with the stationary boundary draped along I-70. I waited at home late, not wanting to make the drive to the Vincennes/Terre Haute, IN area where instability was greater. CAMs were insistent on a brief supercell evolving out of the MCV core close to the STL metro, so I was hoping that would come to pass. Eventually that started happening at Jerseyville, IL and I drove north to catch the storm. The reflectivity was weakening fast, but the low-level meso hung on with rapid motion across I-55 at Mt. Olive and on toward Hillsboro. Every so often there would be a wisp of condensation reaching the ground or a little swirl of debris. These episodes were so brief that I could not get my main video camera focused on any of them in time. I was able to pull some grainy examples off of the dashcams:

Nov 13, 2017
Chased this “event” with Chris Bray and Nick Kreitz in my car realizing early on that it had meager at best potential, but it’s a weekend June in the midwest, so why not? We initially targeted Effingham for road access reasons and followed some meager elevated storms off the MCV eastward toward Terre Haute, but eventually bailed on them for the storm going up north of the St. Louis metro in better terrain than those were heading into. For those who don’t know, southern Indiana is basically the northern expanse of Dixie Alley, and at times as thick as the worst of the Ozarks, so if you chase there expect to see more trees than storms.

By the time we arrived on the storm it had produced one brief tornado, it appeared that multiple updrafts were competing with one another. These “supercells” basically didn’t even exist on radar and topped out below 20,000 feet, but they had all the surface features of a rotating storm. It was very strange, but we followed it, catching what may or may not have been a brief tornado, depending on who you ask (one chaser up close claimed it was, but I think it was scud), from a distance as we waited for the storms to move our direction.


We followed this storm as it moved east across Illinois, morphing from extremely LP to extremely HP. As storms passed I-57 and most other chasers went home, a dominant updraft emerged on the southwest flank and the storm became actually supercellular instead of the weird hybrid rainshower thing it had been all day. The three of us were alone on this storm and hung in the slow moving notch for around two hours, crossing the river into Indiana. There was a lot of low level action and rotation, which was a lot of fun in ways that video cannot do justice. Well into Indiana, the storm finally met a boundary that we had been waiting on all day and I believe, based on both radar returns and visual of pronounced rising motion, likely produced (with some dramatic style points) just as we were ready to abandon it as it headed into the area bordering the Hoosier National Forest. We called our chase shortly after.