Storm Chase 2010…Day Six

Our luck changed today. Of course, to make that luck change we had to drive across So Dakota and into Minnesota to get on a storm. We left Ogallala, NE early in order to be in position when the storms broke loose. We drove and drove and drove watching the radar showing us storms forming to our east. We finally got into Minnesota and in position for the storm. While it was a big storm with more and more cells popping up and joining the primary cell making a long line that kept moving east, northeast. There was a lot of cloud cover making it a bit messy but, we finally got in position and had the opportunity to photograph some amazing weather…

At one point the storm turned south east and we had to keep moving to stay ahead of the core. As we drove through one town (they area all a blur at this point) the tornado alarm was sounding. The radar showed wheels of fortune spinning all along the storm front which means the potential for tornadoes.

With a rain shield between us and the storms it was unlikely that we would see a tornado but, we kept working the clouds…

As evening approached, the skies got darker and darker with lightning flashing inside the clouds constantly. We were unable to see and lightning bolts due to the heavy rain but, enjoyed the show anyway. I used the lightning trigger set in shutter priority, 1/15 of a second to trigger the shutter…

We finally pulled into Worthington, MN at 11:00pm, dead tired yet exhilarated for having spent several hours of active storm chasing. When I got into my room, there was a line tornadoes touching down to the south of our location. While we love the effects and visuals of storms and tornadoes, my heart goes out to those who get caught in their path and suffer the effects. I hope no one was injured as the tornadoes tore through town after town in the dark last night and early this morning.