May 24 2010
Brown County South Dakota
After the craziness on Saturday, David Drufke and I made the drive again out to the Aberdeen area. There was no
way we could make the big show out west on the dryline / triple point so we opted to play the warm front further
east. With cells moving north at 50 mph and steering winds crossing the warm front, we knew it was going to be a
one and done show. Unfortunately a severe cell went up early near Pierre and pretty much hosed my initial target area
northwest of Aberdeen northeast of the surface low on the boundary. However, it did leave a strong outflow
boundary so I was hoping the local enhancement would improve our chances as the red boxes started popping up for
This was another bad sign. Much drier air working in
at the mid levels and just KILLING anything that tried
to tower as it got choked off.
After watching one cell form just about over Aberdeen and race off to the north into North Dakota, David
and I settled in on this hailer coming up from the south. Ironic as this is just about the same spot we were
getting out of the hook of the Aberdeen tornadic supercell.
The cell could not contain its outflow and quickly morphed into linear outflow junk even with the warm front
in close proximity. It had a severe warning on it for wind and hail but I've found things in the refrigerator
that looked scarier than this.
Heading back west after we ducked east to avoid the hail.
Scary looking scud tucked back behind a developing shelf cloud.
Hello? Maximum Signal? Yes, I hate ATT...
This is NOT a wall cloud. It's outflow driven and is actually a weak shelf cloud forming. Skywarn 101...I'm just sayin'.
At least it didn't say "epic". I am SO sick of that word being used in
regards to storms, chase days, etc. Get a new word...like "legendary".
This video clip has nothing interesting visually. It's all about the sounds
of the northern plains during spring. Birds, thunder, and hail roar.