July 17
Barnes, Cass, LaMoure, and Dickey Counties North Dakota
Once again a screwed up summer setup. A tornadic supercell fired at 10:30 in the
morning up near  Minot , ND and made it's way to the southeast across the entire state to
near Fargo, ND.  Not too ofter after a 3 hour drive you can still intercept the same
storm!  By the end of the day, intercepted three seperate tornado warned superells in
southeast North Dakota.  The first two were tornadic, but the third, despite being tornado
warned was undercut and never posed much of a threat.
I'll be adding radar images of the three
supercells here at their mature stages once
the level 3 data is available from the NCDC.
Jumped on the first supercell up northwest of Valley City, in Barnes county.  The LCL
was ridiculous and seemed more like a foggy spring warm front than a mid summer chase.
Looking west/southwest at the intersection of the inflow bands from the east and the northeast.  The mid to upper 70's dewpoints created so much haze
it was tought to see a lot of the time.  At one point east of Sibley, ND you could not see the tops of wind turbine towers due to the low cloud bases.
Near Sibley, ND I let the clear slot from the RFD come over me.  Nothing at the cloud base level looked tornadic at this time.
Further south now near Ayr, ND.  The cell cycled again and tried to wrap up again.
No luck.  The rotation stayed rather broad and visually the storm lookled like it was
seriously loosing is organization so decided to dump it for a new tornado warned
cell to the west (south of Jamestown, ND).
THERE WE GO...THIS IS MORE LIKE IT!!!  Southeast  moving sups are always so much fun up here in mid
summer.  View looking northwest near  Dickey, ND as it comes at me.  Look at that HUGE inflow band to the right!
A little different view of the cell showing more of the massive beavertail inflow band.
Looking northwest from Berlin, ND.  A large, destructive EF3 tornado in hiding in the rain directly in  the middle of the frame.
Rather interesting as the cloud bases and tags were flying west into that area while to the west the rain curtains were screaming to the north.
Dr. Bob Conzemius (aka Tornado Bob) stopped by for a bit.  We soon had to move due to safety
concerns due to limited visibility.  The Berlin tornado siren was blaring the background.
Road option are very limited in this area due to years of flooding.  The tornado is
still in progress back in the rain to the left of the image coming straight at us.  
Bob C and his friend, Austin, pull up on what is left of a township road.
Looking northwest yet.  The white spots in the photo are gulls trying not to become caught in the inflow.
As we were escaping to the south again, the tornado showed itself behind us.  John Wetter did catch
the tornado coming out of the rain at the end of it's life cycle.
Severely contrast enhnaced to show the RFD dirt spinning it's way to the south looking west /
northwest.  This is NOT a tornado! Dumped the cell at this time as it was becoming outflow dominant
and a new cell was rapidly forming to the west to the northwest of Ellendale, ND.
Third supercell of the day at it's most mature statge.  It had a tornado warning on it but the surface
winds were cool and dry out of the northeast.  Sitting right in the hook letting it come straight at me.
Surface based?  As they say in North Dakota "Yeah, you betcha!"
Death of a supercell.  Looking back west as the updraft shrinks and dies.  Time to head east and home.
This is not a funnel!  Some EM reported it as
such but is was only the RFD sinking on the
back side of the wall cloud.  ZERO rotation to
it.  Watch the time lapse video at the bottom
on the page and you will see what I mean.
7 shot pano of supercell #2 near Dickey, ND..
4 shot stitched pano at 11mm of supercell #3 northwest of Ellendale, ND
Lightning north of Morris, MN on the way home.  Wish I had turned east as following this
thing for a few hours gave me a headache from the strobe light effect.  Pass the Advil please.
One last  bolt to end the night!  Shot with a
70-200mm f2.8 Sigma lens on a Nikon D200.
Short time lapse of supercell #3 with the cascading RFD.