April 24, 2009 was forecast to be not a real big chase day, however it was good to get out and play anyway. Storms were forecast to develop in Northern Iowa. The tornado potential wasn’t all that great, but as many of you know, I don’t chase for just tornadoes.
Myself, along with many other chasers targeted the Highway 20 – Highway 18 corridor as our primary starting point. I actually managed to get off work on time (surprise, surprise) and headed north. I stopped at Highway 20 and I-35 to review data and wait for storm initation. A line of storms then developed slightly to my north, so I made the decision to head further north. The storms weren’t anything spectacular, however it was nice to see some convection! 😉 I ended up just outside of Chapin, Iowa on a quiet country road. After watching the approaching line for a while, I decided to head back south, as more storms were developing down the line. By the time I reached Des Moines again, it was starting to get dark, so I decided to head home.
The storms today were nothing to really cheer about, as there wasn’t much lightning or really anything severe besides some hail and a little wind. Overall it was a blast though, as I got to test several things out, including streaming live for the first time via chasertv.com.
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