|Yep, we're going chasing today!|
The kind folks at the SPC made things even better for me by starting the day off at the 12Z outlook with the following:
By the time we got to 20Z (3pm for normal folks) the SPC had changed things around and we were now looking at a 5% tor risk, but an enhanced risk for large hail.
Either way, things got going close to 5pm near the Cass/Barnes county line. The chase was on!
|Note the lowering to the right|
And, within 5 minutes, we had this:
|Near Leonard, ND|
A little wider shot:
By this time the storm was tornado warned, due to the wall cloud which was rotating. One minute later, the storm was starting to do this:
|Note the appendage to the right.|
Of course, at this time the storm was developing a funnel. What does a good storm chaser try to do? Do his best Vanna White impersonation.
|"I'd like to solve the puzzle!"|
Here's just a few more really neat random shots of the storm.
|Note all the little details with this storm - really tells the tale.|
|I love the banding on this storm!|
|I just love this shot.|
|Class reunion? What class reunion?|
|"Did I solve the puzzle Pat?"|
|Little car is me....in the hook. I've found my happy place Chubbs!|
|Near Dwight, ND (I think)|
|A couple of minutes later.|
|This was along Highway 13 just west of Whapeton.|
|RFD really starting to eat away at it now.|
|One last shot of the wall cloud before it was totally gusted out.|
This was one of those days where there were chasers from all over the planet up here. It was also the day when someone in a red pickup decided they wanted to stop in the middle of the road while not signaling and hop out of their car and take photos. Good thing I had my head up to make sure I didn't make a sudden impact with them! It was one of the few days when I can remember the number of chasers on the road this day actually made it a little harder to get around. This was also the day I had my good friend Bill Doms nowcasing for me. If you haven't seen his work, check it out.
While I never saw it on the ground, later damage surveys from FGF determined there was some damage.
|3 E LEONARD||CASS||ND||4665||9718||A WEAK TORNADO TRACKED SOUTHEAST AND CROSSED INTO RICHLAND COUNTY AROUND 3ESE OF LEONARD|
|Damage reports from the day.|
This was also the day when Roseau was hit by a tornado as well. It did some pretty nasty damage around the city.
Either way, it made for a pretty good chase day for me locally. As for the class reunion, I'll be going to the next one. Sorry guys, but sometimes chasing takes priority!
As for this winter, I'm so tired of snow. We're looking at another winter storm hitting us with the possibility of over 7 inches of snow Sunday night into Monday. UNCLE!