Chase Date: April 9, 2015
Miles Logged: 599
States Chased: TX
Severe Risks: SPC Outlooks
The original plan was to go to Illinois but after the bust on Wednesday I felt underwhelmed and decided to pass on chasing Thursday up north. Big mistake. I had posted 3 days prior that my target was Rochelle, IL. What a horrible mistake.
So I ended up chasing in east Texas and didn’t see a whole heck of a lot, just a shelf cloud without any lightning near Mt Pleasant, TX. I was a little too far north to go after the Longview, TX storms which actually did produce tornadoes.
As I was heading back west towards Dallas/Fort Worth, I saw what was going on in Illinois and my heart sank. I busted, hard. The Rochelle tornado was extremely photogenic and violent.