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Stormchase 2013 - Day 2

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We left our hotel in Sidney (Nebraska not OZ!) early headed east towards a developing risk area on the Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa state line close to the Missouri river.

Temps quickly climbed through the 90s into the 100s and dewpoints were ideal for development of some impressive storms with plenty of available CAPE around 3500.

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As we aproached eastern Nebraska storms were already firing across Kansas. Initially we targeted the area from Norfolk Nebraska to Yankton South Dakota however after seeing a shift in the warm front we quickly dropped south towards Columbus. In front of our eyes along the warm front we could see the system exploding. Outside the car you could hear the roar of the storm gaining strength and inflow winds were being drawn in past us.

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We positioned in the zone to the Southeast of the developing storm and waited.

Structure was developing, and soon we had a photogenic classic supercell in-front of us.

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The system developed into an MCS as the evening progressed.

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We headed to the town of Blair and found a convenient gas station to shelter from the rain and winds then met up with Skip Talbot for a great BBQ dinner and some lightning viewing over western Iowa.

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