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6/25/09 Chase Recap


Well, not much to say here. Not a bust, but a pretty uneventful chase. A visible outflow boundary formed near KDTX, and ran north and south. I got out a little late, as a cell north of Plymouth, MI crossed over that outflow boundary, and went tornado warned. I decided to head out, and head towards Ann Arbor.

Eventually we headed south out of Ann Arbor, and intercepted a storm that quickly fizzled out. We headed back north, and on the way, DTX issued a tornado warning for the cell just to the east of the one we left. It appeared to be all outflow, and no tornado was ever confirmed, so I'm glad we didn't turn around and go after it.

Heading back north again to try to intercept another cell which appeared to spawn off a cold pool or and OFB from a previous storm, we got stuck in rush hour traffic around Ann Arbor. A small hail core was about to pound us from the north. We finally got moving again, but not quite in time, as we encountered some brief heavy rain, and pea-sized hail.

We then headed south on State Road 52 towards Manchester, and then east again on Highway 12/W Michigan Ave. We were going to hit up another storm, but it was pretty pathetic on radar, and I was getting hungry, so we stopped at Wendy's, and got dinner, and watched the remaining cells die out. We then headed home for the night.