COLUMBIA, Mo. — As most first days of a storm chase trip are, today was mostly a long driving day to head toward where we expect the action to be the next few days. But we did run through a squall line in southern Illinois on the way that sent a large shelf cloud over our heads as it dumped torrential rain and blew some strong winds gusts on us for several minutes. It was sort of a storm appetizer for this group of 18 that includes 13 Virginia Tech meteorology students. We’re in Columbia tonight, about halfway between St. Louis and Kansas City, preparing to head west on I-70 into Kansas on Tuesday. There were some tornado reports there tonight and likely will be a new round of severe storms, possibly bearing tornadoes, on Tuesday. Figuring out exactly where, and making a running stab at it while driving in from the east, will be the tricky part. The severe weather is likely to continue Wednesday through Friday as a slow-moving low-pressure trough moves through the central U.S. Because of the likely long days and late nights, my posting on here is likely to be sproadic the next few days.
Meanwhile, back home in Virginia, expect a gradually warming week to summerlike temperatures with a few scattered showers and storms possible Tuesday.