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Badlands Tornado

South Dakota - June 06, 2007

June 6th - Kadoka, South Dakota

TORNADO - 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 rock formations.

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.

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