August 23
Wright County Minnesota
A weak surface bounday with a weak
upper low set off severe thunderstorms
over central and east central Minnesota.
Click on the image above for a short video clip of the hail near Winsted, MN!
After watching cells struggle around us during dinner, a couple of better looking cells developed just to our southwest.  
Headed out near Winsted, MN to check out the hail.  Fun into a fun little cell to the northeast of town.  In addition to the
hail, the lightning strikes were close enough you could smell the sulfur / methane odor.  Haven't experienced that in a long
time.
Stopped on the way back north of Waverly, MN to take in the cool orange glow being cast by the setting sun behind the
storms.  View is looking west / northwest.
Looking west southwest.  The storms core was just thick enough to block out the sun itself, but not the ultra-cool
backlit orange glow.
Southeast view back toward Waverly, MN
Once I got home, the lightning intensity really picked up.
Looking almost straight up!
I was watching the lightning due south of me when the weather radio went off again.  Figured it was another hailer.  
Nope a tornado warning for the county to the south of me.  Look at that inflow notch northwest of Norwood - Young
America and that intense couplet!  It only lasted a couple of volume scans but still pretty impressive!  I know a couple of
NWS staffers have gone out to look at a barn that was destroyed to determine if it was tornadic damage or RFD.  
Regardless, it was pretty intense for a brief period.
BV image.  Thankfully nobody was injured...or worse.  The SN and LSR reports to the northeast of the couplet were from
Michael Stanga but I don't think he could see anything.  Dark, hilly, and lots of heavy rain.  Make sure you have a
weather radio!  The disclaimer of "severe thunderstorms can and occasionally do produce tornadoes with little or no
advance warning" is there for a reason.  This is a prime example!  MPX got a tornado warning put on the cell but
everything happened so fast the lead time wasn't much.  What do you do?