Wednesday, May 21, 2014

SWIFT 2014 Day 13: Champaign, IL

Today we traveled east across the great state of Illinois. Finding a target area for today was a lot more challenging than previous chase days. We had a defined boundary, however it was very large and covered many states. We decided to head east towards the Illinois/Indiana border. Convective initiation began before 4 p.m. Storms to our east were blowing up fast and creating a large horizontal line. But we decided to head west because the storms developing there were more discrete and forming in a vertical line. We chased a couple super cells, one of which produced 4 inch hail. Overall it was a pretty good chase day, both cells we saw had decent structure and it was a good way to end a successful two weeks.

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