|Today was a slight risk day.
There was some chance of tornadic cells, but plenty of
opportunity for large hail again. The
target zone was on the Illinois side of the
Mississippi River and after gathering data and
watching the first returns on radar come in from north
of St. Louis, we headed out for Madison/Greene County
Illinois. We could see the towers build as we
approached the Clark Bridge into Illinois.
Ryan and I went core punching as we caught the storms
between Godfrey and Brighton Illinois. We were
treated to 1.25" hail and a 70mph (+or-)
microburst. After several hours of playing tag
with several storms and seeing hail on 3 different
occasions, we headed home. On the way home we
had turned the weather scanner off and by accident
found ourselves in a tornado warning for St. Louis
County Missouri. Everything at this point was
high precipitation and totally wrapped in rain.
We never did see any circulation as we crossed through
the mass of rain.