McPherson County SD
|Cullen, Dave Drufke and myself approach a severe warned supercell in
northwestern McPherson County of South Dakota.
|The cell splits and we decide on the north split as the tower is sheared
|North of Long Lake, SD on the North Dakota side of the border the
supercell really gets it's act together with a meso and wall cloud.
|Pretty apparent this time Mother Nature means business and we are
right in her path,
|Getting closer by the minute.
|The RFD (Rear Flank Downdraft) starts to cut in from the left. Time
to make sure we have road options to escape if needed!
|Cullen shoots some video for the TV station.
|Dave Drufke putting the D-50 to work.
|Sunburst to the southeast. This brought a flashback of June 9th 2003
near Stuart Nebraska for those of you who were on that tornado.
|Time to head south and stay ahead of the wall cloud and meso. The
storm was not moving very fast but we were running out of daylight.
|One last look as I jump in the car as the rotation slips just to the east of us and
the RFD starts kicking in. This is going to be wicked soon.
|New vantage point just south and east of the village of Long Lake, SD.
Looking at the south split. Note how vertical the tower is and soft it looks.
|Ever hear that saying "never put the horse before the RFD? In a couple of
minutes 80 mph+ RFD is going to rip these trees apart and send the sheet metal
from the windbreak in backgroud hurling at me on the road off to the right. I
still have sand in my ears and eyes! I really felt sorry for this gal as I knew the
RFD was going to hit HARD and she had nowhere to go. The video is plain
|We get back into position west of Leola, SD by a couple of miles. The
RFD is still getting us as we film and watch everything rapidly wrap up
and form what appears to by a funnel. View is looking to the north east.
Out of light but the lightning was pretty cooperative.
|F0 tornado N of Leola, SD. Thankfully this tornado lifted before it reached
Leola. Gorgeous view with the lightning.
|South of Leola now. The wall cloud still has a nice tail to it but the whole
storm will quickly die from ingesting rain cooled air from the south split
strom. Wow, what an incredible storm for August.