Chase Date: August 4, 2008
Miles Logged: 378
States Chased: MI, IN
Highest Wind Encountered: 65MPH
First PDS Severe Watch
Severe Risks: SPC Outlooks
I knew the potential for Severe Storms was great, however, I also came to the realization that the best chance of severe weather was in the 8600 CAPE area in Central and North Central Illinois. Having worked all day Monday and having to work Tuesday, I decided that was pretty much a chase that wouldn’t happen.
After work I drove to Battle Creek and ended up sitting around for a couple hours. I filled up and washed & Rain-X’ed my windows.
A Derecho formed in North Central IL and was heading towards the Chicago Area. I decided to start dropping southwest towards the South Bend, IN area to intercept. The SPC then issued a Particularly Dangerous Situation (PDS) Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Northwest Indiana. It was the first time I had really seen a PDS Severe watch in our area – and was the first time I had ever been IN one.
I headed down US-131 to US-20 south of Elkhart and South Bend. I took US-31 South to Lakeville, IN. I wanted to make it all the way to Plymouth, IN but knew I would never make it so I found an open spot where chances of debris hitting me would be significantly less. While I was sitting there waiting on the storm to hit me, The Weather Channel called and asked if I could do a phoner with Jim Cantore.
I ended up driving east on US-6 and not finding any damage so I drove west to where all the reports of damage was coming in from La Porte and Michigan City. I ended up finding nothing and returned home up 94 to 69 to Lansing. I pulled in around 3 am. I was at work again at 745 am the next morning. Needless to say, Tuesday I was tired.
PDS Severe Thunderstorm Watch Text
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH NUMBER 807 NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK 715 PM CDT MON AUG 4 2008 THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST ILLINOIS NORTHWEST INDIANA EXTREME SOUTHWEST LOWER MICHIGAN LAKE MICHIGAN EFFECTIVE THIS MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY MORNING FROM 715 PM UNTIL 200 AM CDT. …THIS IS A PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION… EXTREMELY DAMAGING THUNDERSTORM WIND GUSTS TO 90 MPH…LARGE HAIL TO 2 INCHES IN DIAMETER…AND DANGEROUS LIGHTNING ARE POSSIBLE IN THESE AREAS. THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 50 STATUTE MILES NORTH AND SOUTH OF A LINE FROM 55 MILES WEST SOUTHWEST OF MEIGS FIELD ILLINOIS TO 30 MILES SOUTHEAST OF SOUTH BEND INDIANA. FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU7). REMEMBER…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAN AND OCCASIONALLY DO PRODUCE TORNADOES. OTHER WATCH INFORMATION…CONTINUE…WW 806… DISCUSSION…DEVELOPING INTENSE BOW ECHO IN NRN IL WILL LIKELY MOVE THROUGH THE CHICAGO AREA INTO NW INDIANA DURING THE NEXT FEW HOURS. THE MCS SHOULD MAINTAIN INTENSITY MOVING ALONG A GRADIENT OF EXTREME INSTABILITY ACROSS NE IL INTO NW INDIANA. VERY DAMAGING WINDS WILL BE POSSIBLE IN A NARROW SWATH INCLUDING CHICAGO…ALONG WITH AN ISOLATED/BRIEF TORNADO AND LARGE HAIL. AVIATION…A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL SURFACE AND ALOFT TO 2 INCHES. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE WIND GUSTS TO 80 KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO 600. MEAN STORM MOTION VECTOR 28050.