Chase Date: April 4, 2010
Brandon Sullivan, Mike Brady
Miles Logged: 450
States Chased: IL
Severe Risks: SPC Outlooks
Easter Sunday 2010 was a marginal day for Severe Weather in Western Illinois and Northern Missouri. The SPC had outlooked a slight risk with a 5% tornado, 30% hail & wind probabilities.
I had easter lunch with my parents and then took off, heading towards Western Illinois a little after 12:45 pm Eastern Time.
The drive down was pretty uneventful, reaching the El Paso, IL area as the supercell was exploding west of Keokuk, IA. The real monster exploded to the west near Kansas City, and my buddy Adam Lucio was able to intercept that cell, but there was no way I could make it.
I positioned myself for an intercept of the cell just north of Macomb, IL. I managed to get myself cored by it eventually, experiencing winds in the 50-60MPH range. This was my first chase out with my new HD camera that I recently purchased, and I am happy with the results.
I met up with Mike Brady and we went to Buffalo Wild Wings in Macomb. Brandon Sullivan eventually showed up, and we eventually went back to Jesse Risley’s place for the evening.