- The first chase day of part 2 of this year's trip was quite
a success. We ended up in South Dakota near Murdo where one main
storm fired up. We hooked up with Charles Edwards and moved in
to intercept. The road network south of Interstate 90 was poor
in that area so we had to pull off and find some dirt roads to
travel on. The storm was really starting to get organized and
then we saw it in the distance...Tornado on the ground! It was
really far away (about 35 miles) but the visibility was so good
that it was clearly evident and persistent. It stayed on the
ground for about 20 minutes or so before dissipating. When we
ran out of dirt roads, we doubled back and witnessed some incredible
storm structure as the ominous green core caught up to us.
The coolest part was that this storm
formed right over the Badlands of South Dakota so there was this
beautiful landscape all around with multi-coloured mesas and
Back in Murdo, we also met up with Dave
Lewison and Scott McPartland who flew in to meet up with us.
They missed the distant tornado but saw the impressive storm.
We're now travelling together for the next few days. It should
be a party.