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Spotter Journal
April 2000                  May 2000
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April 20, 2000: Today was the first major outbreak of severe thunderstorms.  A squall line formed around 9 a.m. across West Central Illinois.   Tornados were reported in Argenta and near Bloomington.  I went mobile around 9:30 a.m.  My car battery ran down just as the worst part of the storm was approaching.  A tornado warning was issued for Moultrie County.  The clouds were getting lower.  It began to rain.  My car still wouldn't start.  I radioed in to Dave, KF9NB, and Alan, KA9Z, for assistance.  I got out around 10:45 a.m. as the storms were exiting the area.  I will remember next time to shut my lights off when I am parked and watching storms. 

May 12, 2000: Strong storms rolled through the area today.  Heavy rain occured in Sullivan.  No funnel clouds here, but several touch-downs across the state.  The storms went through around 6:30 p.m.