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1998 Storm Chase Highlights

April 15


May 18


May 20


May 21

High Risk in southern Illinois took us almost all the way to Kentucky before we encountered this wall cloud (#1).  In spite of its massive appearance it did not rotate and failed to produce a tornado.
While stopped at a hotel for the night in Rochester, Minnesota a strong cell passed over us and to our surprise the storm produced a downpour of quarter size hail(#2 & #3).
While waiting for storms to intensify near Alliance, Nebraska the cell in the first two photos(above right) produced a wall cloud(#4) & what may have been a weak tornado(#5).  A dust cloud can be seen near the ground in photo #5.  The storm in the third photo was weak but had an interesting updraft base nonetheless(#6).
This day was wild in Nebraska, storms in the late morning (#7), storms in the afternoon (#8, #9), a strong storm at sunset with a funnel cloud (#10) that produced a small tornado later & stirred up dust from a farm field (#11).
April 15 #1 Large wall cloud   May 18 #2 quarter size hail #3 Fractured hailstone
May 20 #4 Wall cloud #5 spinup at ground #6 Small storm updraft    
May 21 #7 Lp Supercell #8 Large wall cloud #9 Belll shaped wall cloud #10 Rotating wall cloud #11 Outflow stirs up dust
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