| Home | Chase Vehicle | Guides | What To Expect | Chase Logs | Forecasts |
| What to Bring | Testimonials | FAQ | As Seen On | 2005 Tour Schedule |

June 3rd looked to be a marginal severe weather day at best, but we opted to give it a try. A warm front was laying across southern and central Iowa setting the scene for potential thunderstorm development along the boundary. Intense surface moisture with dew points in the middle 70s and a warm front acting as a lifting mechanism would be enough for a few severe storms. Our initial target was Ottumwa, IA. By Noon we were near Hanlontown, IA where it was 63 with overcast skies.
As we were heading south on 14 toward Monroe we had the intent to go east on 92 out of Oskaloosa. The boundary and a cell were in the area near Washington, IA where the dew point was 77 and a cumulus field was developing overhead. As we drove south a mesoscale discussion was issued for an area of northern Illinois. By 4:55 p.m. we were 4 MI N of Riverside, IA in Washington County watching borderline severe cells going up near Cedar Rapids to our north on radar.

With this development occuring, it was evident the cap was beginning to break and we headed north. A small cell developed to our west and we began to pursue it. As we did, we noticed a wall cloud developing with condensing inflow feeding into the wall cloud from the rain shaft. We played around with this small cell for a while, videotaping and photographing the formation of the wall cloud. This wall cloud eventually died and a new wall cloud took it's place. Unfortunately while we were watching this storm try to get its act together, another cell farther to our east by about 30 miles exploded and stole the energy from our cell. As it did, it killed the storm we were on and rapidly became the show. We booked eastward in hopes to catch up with this severe cell, but by the time we did it had merged with other cells to the north forming a strong line of severe storms which eventually became a bowing MCS.