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Stormchase 2014 - Minnesota Supercell

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blog-0637523001404156377.jpg[u][b]Fri 20th June 2014[/b][/u]
It's Friday and SPC have todays Tornado risk firmly in Minnesota; and as Paul quite rightly quoted Land of 1000 lakes and a billion midges! Nestling up on the Canadian Border, Minnesota is a beautiful green state with lakes covering much of the North and East.

Todays chase would start at Wahpeton, following the development of an LP Supercell which we'd already seen the predictions for on HRRR and then watched its developent as we drove North from the Dakotas.

Today was a low CAPE and high Shear day, and although the storm was Tornado Warned and definitely showed tornadic potential dropping numerous funnels there were no reported Tornadoes. We followed the storm east with some great structure evident at times and rotation close to Henning but eventually broke away from it and headed south just after that point. The storm lost its tornado and severe warnings as it headed east across the state towards Wisconsin.

The drive back was beautiful with green farmland and lakes everywhere. A few lake and sunset photos included in the gallery as well as a structure panorama of the storm.

All photos from today can be found in the [url="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/htak3nmei1ga7c3/AACIDPPjaCLh-8jtqM_J7zpla/Day%207%20-%20June%2020th"]Dropbox Gallery[/url]

HD Videos from the trip are in the [url="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/htak3nmei1ga7c3/AADVSVut43KGJYwdsgIU7D1na/HD%20Movies"]HD Movies Dropbox[/url]

One final note and indeed a very sobering thought given the events of the past few days. I received comment yesterday from a US stormchaser commenting on the quality of our info over the past week in particular mentioning data they'd reviewed for the Pilger day. He mentioned we were tagged at Norfolk Nebraska that day and were one of the first out there. I commented that we were with Fire/EMS that day on the hills outside of Pilger, spotted the tornado re-forming and in discussion with them they acted on this instantly. If our actions meant a valuable few minutes or even just seconds of extra warning time were given then it makes everything totally worthwhile.

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