9/19/05 REPORTS: IL/IN/MI

Went out to watch the squall line/blob roll into western Champaign county. Sat there for a bit, got hit with 62 mph winds, and then it just rained and rained and rained and rained. Lots of tree damage to the south and west of me appearantly.
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Didn't want to add a Kansas and Missouri report thread, so I'll post here.

Darin called about 2 pm informing me of a watch to our east and convection firing. So he headed to Olathe where we caught these two first pictures. Beautiful shelf with very well defined striations. We headed south on K-7 to spring hill, where we spent the next hour or so getting east of the metro. Finally catching up to a cell that produced a wall cloud and tail. Last picture is of a new updraft forming on top of us, very strange rotation. Ended the chase in Sedalia, MO where we would hear of a tornado warned cell ~ 30 miles to our east. Thanks to Mike Deason for nowcasting. We had no map, and wx radio was in and out all day. Photos 3-4 are ~15 miles east of Pleasant Hill on Highway 58. Storms were moving ~40 mph to the east, so we considered ourselves lucky , and Mike put us on the right storm.


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We had some severe storms roll through eastern MO on the 19th. There was radar indicated rotation but by the time they got to the St. Louis area (where I was) it was too dark to visually see anything. There was a large amount of wind damage and lightning. Lightning from that night:

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