As time went on,
storms developed to our north in the St. Louis
area. Although it was a bit tempting to shoot back
north for these storms, we held our ground as the
parameters favored the area south later in the
day. Those storms up to the north began taking on
a super-cellular look and were putting out severe
hail. The storms did have some hooks on the back
side as we still held our ground.
fired out to our west. The looked good on radar as
they went up, but as they approached, they seemed to
fall apart a bit. That grew some concern from both
and Tyler decided to go up after the storms to the
north. We held and watched for a few minutes, but
decided ourselves that the best opportunity appeared to
be up to our north as we watched a storm heading toward
Festus, MO intensify as the storms to the south were
weakening. We decided to go south and cross the
Mississippi River at Chester and meet the storm after it
crossed over the river.
We got to Red Bud, IL
about the same time the storm got there. We ran
into some 1" hail, maybe a few slightly bigger.
Backed out to re-position and watched/followed a wall
cloud until it got surrounded by precipitation. We were unable to determine if it was
rotating although the velocity on radar indicated the storm had some rotation.
followed the storm track all the way over to Sparta,
IL. We watched a well defined shelf
cloud on the leading edge of the storm. We let
the storm pass and headed back toward home.