June 20, 2015 backyard Iowa chase

June 20, 2015 backyard Iowa chase

For once, I wasn’t going to have to travel many miles to get some storm action. Today was a day with an Enhanced risk area covering basically the SE 1/4 of Iowa. Much like the rest of 2015, today had the premise of some early surface based storms, before things eventually ended up in a linear line of HP garbage.

Waiting around home until storms fire can drive a person mad! 😉 Finally about 4:15pm, a storm began to fire just NW of Knoxville along one of the many outflow boundries floating around the area. I intercepted the storm just E of Pella, where I was greeted with a rotating wall cloud. That is, when it was organized. During the course of 10-15 min, the wall cloud formed and dissipated several times.

I continued tracking the storm for the next hour or 2 through SE Iowa, stopping every so often for a look and to snap a few photos. Apparently the storm / line dropped a tornado near the town of Eddyville. Luckily, no one was injured.

Having found a “safe” spot in the line to shoot back north, I called the chase near Batavia, Iowa and headed back towards home.

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