Monday, June 11, 2012

6-10-2012 West Central Minnesota Chase

Early daylight breaking over the western Minnesota prairie as a MCS approaches the border from South Dakota which produced 90MPH + winds west of Aberdeen hours earlier.

As the warned system tracks into Traverse county near the border it was producing golf ball sized hail and 50 MPH winds.

With the day expected to produce severe weather across much of Minnesota, We targeted an area in Eastern Pope county near Sedan by mid afternoon for initiation, And as seen here storms are really starting to organize and strengthen over central Pope county just a few miles to our west.

Here is what some surely may have considered a wall cloud, But it is just a good look alike as it is up on the front leading edge of the storm and is just scud moving under the early organizing shelf cloud south of Glenwood MN.

Here the shelf cloud has become more organized and photogenic! with tornadoes all but out of the question with this days set up this was still a sight to see near Sedan MN!

Nick shown here near the chase vehical shooting the shelf cloud near Brooten MN.

Leading edge now warned for golf ball hail & 60MPH winds as it enters western Stearns county.

Looking Up into the whales mouth as we let the shelf briefly overtake us to sample a wind reading with 42MPH being the max gust we recorded with it in western Stearns county.

As the storm moves East deeper into Stearns county the winds on the system began to increase with some minor damage and marginal hail beginning to show up near Sauk Centre MN.

Nicely lit Hail Core near Sauk Centre MN.

Nick multitasking shooting the storm, watching radar and maintaining situational awareness on a rural minimum maintenance road in Stearns county MN.

Nick capturing the photogenic central Minnesota shelf cloud just as the TWISTEX reasearch chase team pulls up onto the rural remote road we were pulled off on!

The chase which began in far west central MN ends back in the metro as the shelf with a severe warned line overtakes downtown Minneapolis at sunset!

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