Eyewitness to History

For those who would expect a post here, I have to admit I’m having a hard time finding the words to describe what I saw on Sunday, May 25, 2008.  My chase partner Barry Hansen and I witnes...

Painting a Bullseye on Iowa

So here we go folks, what might just turn out to be our best chase day of the year.  The risk is not all that great, but the setup is pretty good.  There will likely be supercell developmen...

The Dull Days of May

Boy this is shaping up to be a very mediocre severe weather season in Iowa.  There has been plenty of activity and plenty of strong systems moving through the midwest, but Iowa continues to be left o...

Too Much Alarm

With the bulk of severe weather expected to our west, there was little if any chance of a chase.  In fact, with a growing bow line in western Iowa, the Storm Prediction Center said they would not iss...

The Definition of a Bust

Well after long discussions in the weather lab, and an increased risk of tornaodes, it all turned out to be for nothing.  The day started with renewed hope as the low began its trek into northcentral...

Friday: The Chase is On!

While the timing remains an issue, the chances of severe weather are there, and the risk of tornadoes with any organized development remain decent. The big questions left to be answered are the follo...

Welcome to the Chase!

So here we go, another year of spring, which normally means the beginning of the severe weather season.  So far this year things in Eastern Iowa have been relatively calm when it comes to the extreme...