March 31, 2000 – Dust Devil in Urbana IL

Well, this really wasn’t a chase, but it turned out to be the best thing I’ve seen all year! 🙂 On my way home from Charleston – Champaign, I stopped off at work in Urbana, IL. Just as I was getting out of my car, I looked over and noticed this awesome rotating column of air that was stirring up a lot of dust. I quickly yanked out my new camcorder and started filming. About 30 seconds into the video, this guy drives his truck right through the dust devil which I couldn’t believe. (Yes, his windows were down too, hehe) It only lasted for about a minute and then it disappeared. I know it was only a dust devil, but it was rotating fairly well and it was very exciting!!

As we approach April, which usually begins the chase season in IL, this is the coolest thing I’ve seen all year, as we haven’t had anything more than rain this year. Hopefully, Texas will start to share some of their tornadoes with us less fortunate chasers in IL! 🙂


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