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Joe Slotter
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Storm chaser and a proud member and contributor of the Wisconsin Weather Group (WIWX). I have been chasing severe weather since 2008. I am also an avid outdoorsman. Currently residing in Menomonie, WI.
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A short write up about the July 19th 2019 chase.
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Gavin Groth
yea what a day, i was up in price county chasing the lone supercell ahead of the main line, it never became tornado warned but it had decent rotation most of the time and it went on to produce a tornado in Tripoli (lincoln county) i was two miles away from the tornado and probably would have seen it if it were not for all the tree cover. 

Just recently i went up to langlande county to see some of the damage the macroburst had created. Let me tell you it was crazy! looked like a category 3 hurricane went through there, the hardest hit spots had 65% of trees all down. Highly recommend you take the trip up there and see what it did.
Joe Slotter
I seen many pics of the hundreds of trees snapped up there. Lucky no one was killed in that storm.
Weather forecasting is essentially educated guessing. With the technology we have these days, anyone can fine tune their ability to learn how to make their own weather forecast if they take the time to do it. But its not a requirement.
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Dadyoho
Thanks Joe for contributing to Wisconsin Weather. I'm an armchair meteorologist and can understand your comments about storm chasing safely from what I've seen from the "chair". I certainly wouldn't want to be hurt by hail, debris and wind. I will look forward to you and the team to keep us ahead of the storm.
In my experience, a Wisconsin storm producing large hail is somewhat a rare occasion.
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Justin Poublon
Totally agree! In my chasing career I've witnessed severe-criteria hail maybe once, but then again I've largely avoided the core. I think sometimes warnings are issued with text for both winds and hail by default. Reports should be given more credit in warning process. Maybe 1.0" threshold is too high? I'm all for tough love(no cupcakes). It's been a down year for hail with the strongest updrafts water-loaded and warm. Warm upper level temps. NWS should be considering that. Last random thought: when I forecast I try to imagine storms in the context of Oklahoma/heart of tornado alley. Would Norman, OK warn this storm? If yes then warn it. Great story Joe!
The last legit storm chase I was on was July 25th in eastern Minnesota. Not a single chase in August. 
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Justin Poublon
Wow. August was much quieter than June and July. Not much in eastern Wisconsin during August either though I did get out there once or twice. I'm thinking the season is done now but hoping for one more chase.