Between 3:30 and 6:00 in nothern Madison Co. and southern Macoupin Co. we saw lots of convective showers/squalls, a few cold-core thunderstorms, and half a dozen great rainbows, but nothing severe. With the cells moving at 45 mph toward the NE they were hard to keep up with, at the least. As we had to break off and return home around 5:30, they seemed to be strengthening as they moved out of northern Macoupin Co. - ragged base and scud very evident under one updraft. TWC later reported the storms produced 1/2 inch hail as they moved on through central Illinois. Like I said, we saw nothing severe but did get some very nice pics of the rainbows and brightly lit cb towers and precip shafts as they raced away from us. BTW, as the last band of convection passed by, there was a marked shift of the wind from S to W, suggesting a surface trough or secondary front.
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