Weather images taken by Carson F. Ball

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Our car was in the shop on 2006-09-22 because we had been rear-ended the week prior. Luckily the rental was slammed with hail instead of our car as we had storms almost the entire way between Peoria, IL and Memphis, TN.

Do not attempt to get as close to a tornado as we did. We are fortunate that a) the tornado was weak, b) it was moving away from us, and c) that the debris was small. We could have been seriously injured and did not attempt to drive torwards the tornado (picture 1 to picture 2); the only reason that we kept going torwards it is that we are not storm chasers (although I would like to go through a professional training course eventually) and thus, did not even see the tornado in the first picture until 2 days later while examining it. I repeat, if you see a tornado, do not drive torwards it.

Taken between Lincoln, IL and Springfield, IL on 2006-09-22 at around 6:00 pm. My wife and I were about 3 miles away from the storm when this was taken. A tornado had dropped by the time we had reached it and was only about 500 feet from us for awhile. You can just barely make out the tornado dropping from the wall in the middle of the shot. We did not notice the tornado at this time, and only noticed it 2 days later while examining the picture for evidence of the tornado since the second picture was problematic.
Unfortunately, I was still learning how to use the digital camera while taking this picture. Apparently, digital cameras are not "point and click" devices like regular cameras; they flash a few times and then take the picture. I missed a once-in-a-lifetime shot of a tornado 500 feet from us (past Katherine's head) and got the green sky in front of us instead. This was a pretty weak F1 that move debris over the road (barely) and pulled the car about as much as a stong side wind would have. The wall was rounded and the tornado was tube-like instead of funnel-like. You can tell this was a weak tornado - if for no other reason - by the fact that we were still doing 60 mph. We slowed down about 30 seconds later because of hail reducing our visibility.

The images below are from a snow storm in Peoria, IL that occurred in late November / early December of 2006. The snow drifted as high as four feet in some locations in town and even higher in the country where there were not as many structures to block the wind.

The fence pickets and the lower part of the retaining wall in this picture are four feet high; as you can see, the snow comes within a couple of inches from the top of the pickets. Even at the gate - where the snow did not drift - the snow is around 2 feet high. The image was taken from my porch looking down and to the north-west.
This photo was also taken from my porch facing almost due west. The snow did not drift as high on this side of the yard, but the difference between two feet and four feet really didn't seem noticeable to my puppy (at the time) who had never seen snow and was kind of freaked-out by the prospect of leaving the house.

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