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hlcater

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    Hiawatha, Eastern IA

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  1. hlcater

    July 19-20 Severe Weather

    (super long post) Well. Uh... I scored. I started the day near Newton IA, what was interesting was as soon as the first storm went off, it immediately went tornado warned(within minutes of 50dbz). I found this surprising and as it turned out, would set the tone for the day. My first tornado came near Colfax probably 30 minutes after the initial warning and was the 2nd(3rd) tornado that storm produced. I caught it from a distance with some good contrast. As this tornado roped out, the storm wasted no time cycling and soon dropping another tornado immediately south of Prairie City. This was my favorite due to the lack of damage caused and good viewing angle. and a video of the same tornado Again the storm wasted no time and was wrapping up before this tornado was done. I didn't get any good pictures of the 3rd tornado as I was driving at the time. Short live stovepipe near Monroe. The next two tornadoes featured a little more staying power than the last two. Both being strong looking cones near Pella, IA. One to the NW and another in Pella and to the SE. I got a pretty nice angle on the RFD, with the rain wrapped cone for tornado number 4. The RFD on this storm was particularly dramatic at times and something more characteristic of the High Plains than of Iowa. Normally this area is super HP and filled with rain. While under that cut, I could see deep into the storm's updraft. After passing through Pella, I came out on the other side and was immediately greeted by a very welcoming tornado number 5. This was the tornado that destroyed the manufacturing plant in Pella. I was perfectly positioned smack dab in the middle of the RFD for the entire duration of tornadoes 5 and 6. There wasn't much hail(topping out at nickle size), and the rain really wasn't too bad for Iowa standards either, but the wind was exceptional at times measuring at least 80-90mph. Tornado number 6 was a brief satellite this tornado, of which I didn't get any pictures. This would be the end of my chase as my car had decided it was fed up with the RFD and the red battery light came on. As such, I called the chase there and headed back early, with no further issue. However it doesn't appear I missed any more tornadoes. All in all, absolutely stellar chase with all different types of structure and tornadoes and easily the best chase I've had.(Although my chase portfolio is still quite small.)
  2. hlcater

    July 19-20 Severe Weather

    Tomorrow in that instability department hinges entirely on how robust and the longevity of overnight MCS in NE. If it's able to push well into MO(Like the NAMs suggest) then warm front gets hungup and instability is slowed significantly, not to mention remnant cloud debris. This(or something close to it) seems to be the preferred outcome of the NWS. The models that lack a robust/long lasting MCS have no problem getting the warm front NE and build 4000+ SBCAPE.
  3. hlcater

    July 19-20 Severe Weather

    Yup. 12z suite of both the NAMs and the GFS decided that the best course of action was just to take a dump all over Iowa and move to Misery. Gross. These runs have caused me to lose a good deal of confidence in the setup. GFS moved the surface low like 200 miles. Usually a change like that this late in the game means something. EDIT: What it meant was that the GFS's evolution of the surface low is being impacted by convection tugging the low further south and east than it otherwise would be going. I'm pretty sure...
  4. hlcater

    July 19-20 Severe Weather

    Nice 500mb speed max here. Low levels need some work if we're looking for tornado potential, but things would probably lend themselves to at least a decent MCS as things stand now.
  5. hlcater

    July 2018 General Discussion

    Overnight rain brought me to 1.62”
  6. hlcater

    July 2018 General Discussion

    Picked up 0.86” from it and highest gust was probably 50mph. The SW side of CR has really gotten the shaft from every storm this summer.
  7. hlcater

    July 2018 General Discussion

    Yards are getting quite dry out here as we’ve not had much in the way of rain since the beginning of July. Luckily though there appears to be some chances tomorrow into the beginning of next week. Some models even have 4” in spots. But currently expecting about an inch or so.
  8. wedge tornado in MT/SD was probably easily capable of EF4+ damage. Violent looking for the majority of its life cycle. As of this post, that storm has produced at least 5 tornadoes and is still going strong.
  9. hlcater

    June 2018 General Discussion

    Still seems to be drifting ever so slightly northward, doubt it makes it to Hiawatha though. I'm expecting FFWs to be issued shortly under there. Perhaps even some isolated 4-5" totals when all is said and done.
  10. hlcater

    June 2018 General Discussion

    These rain showers over CR/IC this morning are almost tropical in nature. Drove through one and it absolutely poured tiny rain drops in the heaviest manner I’ve seen in quite awhile, very efficient rain producers. Thought that was kinda interesting.
  11. hlcater

    June 2018 General Discussion

    Nice line of pulse-ish storms blew up just west of me over the past hour. Storm was unusually CG active and I picked up 0.69" of rain as well as a bit of pea size hail.
  12. hlcater

    June 2018 General Discussion

    I’m looking forward to it. I hate big ridges with these conditions. I’ll take a stalled boundary with storms any day over 95/75 under the ridge. Not a heat fan here.
  13. hlcater

    June 2018 General Discussion

    We’re under an excessive heat warning. Not really sure why because heat isn’t any worse than it has been. Also, only CR/IC and the QC are involved. Must be a duration thing?
  14. hlcater

    2018 Short to Medium Range Severe Thread

    I forgot what year it is. Nevermind!
  15. Can we just fast forward to 2019? Let’s put this poor excuse for a season out of its misery.
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