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Chance Gotsch

Chance Gotsch grew up just south of St. Louis and moved to Columbia to attend the University of Missouri to pursue a degree in Atmospheric Sciences.

His interest in weather begin as a child when he used to be afraid of storms.

Chance joined the ABC 17 Stormtrack Weather Team in February 2021. He is currently the weekday noon meteorologist.

The science of straight-line winds

Many people think about lightning, hail, and tornadoes whenever they hear the term “severe storms”. Although severe storms can bring all three of these things, one of the most widespread threats usually seen ties to wind damage from straight-line winds. Straight-line winds have the power to reach up to and possibly over 100 mph in

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Wind shear and how it drives storms

With increased chances of severe storms Thursday afternoon, there are several factors working together that produce severe threats we see in storms such as hail, damaging straight-line winds, and even tornadoes in the worst cases. One of those large factors includes wind shear. When we talk about wind shear, we break down it into two

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Tracking a warm & windy weekend

TONIGHT: Overnight lows cool to the mid-40s as winds continue out of the northwest at 5-10 mph. Skies remain mostly clear. TOMORROW: Saturday welcomes plenty of sunshine with partly cloudy skies and highs surging into the lower 80s with winds out of the southwest gusting up to 30 mph. EXTENDED: Sunday sees similar wind conditions

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Monday storm damage recap

Monday saw widespread storms leading to damaging encompassing much of the state. From wind gusts up to 80 mph, hail over 2″, to weaker tornadoes it was a busy day for meteorologist across the region. Hundreds of hail and wind reports rang out across the state mainly centered along and just north of the I-44

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