September 28
Hennepin County Minnesota
End of the season so you gotta take what you can get.  With an approaching pre-frontal trough,
there was just enough surface heating to get some instability in place just west of the Minneapolis
area.  About 3:15 I got myself into position ahead of the developing line hoping to see a fair shelf
cloud.  Mother nature was able to provide a little better with this blocky non rotating wall cloud with
a developing tail cloud about 3:25pm near the Baker Park Preserve in western Hennepin county.
This photo doesn't do justice as to how cool this looked.  All I had with was an 18mm lens so there
was no way in this close I could get the whole thing.  This area is really hilly with a lot of trees so it
was about the best positioning I could do considering.
This thing had a REALLY thick feeder but as the base stretched out with the linear winds it was
quickly loosing the battle...or so I thought.
About this time I though for sure it was done as the outflow started to push in feeder band right
under the updraft causing it to morph in to a more shelf-like feature.
Shelf cloud for sure now as I moved north with the cell.
I still had south-southeast winds at the surface so I figured I would give it a little more time.
As I passed the Hennepin county highway department garage the storm went back to thinking it was
a supercell with an awesome stinger and tons of rapidly rising scud into the base.
At the intersection of Hennepin CR 118 and MN 55 I decided to go east then north again as I
thought this cell was going to try to spin somehow.  I made a bad road choice at CR116 and decided
to go north instead of going to CR101.  I got caught in the afternoon traffic and was quickly out of
the game as the cell raced off to the northeast towards Maple Grove and Ramsey.  Still not a bad
little storm considering the unidirectional wind fields and this late in September up here.
2008 Chases