Weather Photos

May 29, 2000

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Scott Blair and I decided to set up just north of a surface low in western Nebraska, and while driving to the target area, Scott and I noticed some anvils off in the distance.1. We decided to intercept the southern most storm 2. and watched several gustnadoes 3.; 5. spin up from the outflow as a decent shelf cloud began developing south of the precip core after two cells merged.4. We then had the pleasure of seeing a piece of the shelf break off and turn into a wall cloud under the updraft base of the supercell.6. While moving east to get into a better contrast position, we experienced strong outflow winds and were slammed by dust while Scott was recording 55 m.p.h. outflow winds.7. From this point we left Hwy. 26 and headed east on I-80 and watched an amazing sight take place. While driving east on I-80, the southernmost storm of what had become a large MCS split and became well isolated from the storms to it's north as it began pulling dust into the updraft area.7. The supercell was noticeably rotating and a large dusty tornado formed about 4 miles east of Hershey, Ne and about 1 mile south of I-80.9. Soon after, the tornado's structure became totally obscured by dust, and it appeared only as a slowly rotating column of dust rising up to the meso.10. Near 8:01 p.m., the RFD became visible as it punched around to the east and north side of the meso, and the tornado began to dissipate.11. After the tornado had dissipated, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to take a picture of the beautiful inflow band that led into the cell that was north of I-80.12. A few minutes after the Hershey tornado and meso had occluded, a new meso began taking shape, and it produced a few brief funnels as more dust was pulled rapidly into the new updraft area.13. After watching the supercell weaken, Scott and I blasted east on I-80 and got ahead of the intense line of storms. After getting east of the line, we began to get a good look at just how strong the outflow was with this MCS. Looking west, south 14., and north 15., a large and fast moving wall of dust was advancing towards us at near 70 m.p.h. After taking a few stills, we quickly continued east and gained a little ground before pulling off once more to film the large dust storm that had developed ahead of the multi-layered shelf cloud.16. Since it was getting late and we were in Aurora, NE, we decided head west to Grand Island to get a room for the night. We were hoping to beat the dust storm there, but it didn't happen as we were pounded by 75 m.p.h. and a blinding wall of dust.17. After finally getting clear of the dust storm, we saw that two semi's had been overturned by the strong outflow winds, and I promptly reported this to the local law enforcement.18. After finally arriving at a hotel, Scott Blair 19. and I unwound and looked back upon a long and successful chase day.

View of Storm Structure and Distant Updraft BaseCloser Look at the Updraft Base and Developing Shelf

Gustnado Spin-Up (Video Capture)Two Cores Merging and Better Defined Shelf (Video Capture)

Another Gustnado Spin-Up (Video Capture)Part of Shelf Broken Off and Becomes a Wall Cloud

Pounded by Outflow After Pushing East for Better Contrast (Video Capture)Storm Splits Away from MCS and Becomes a Tail End Charlie Isolated Supercell (Video Capture)

Isolated Supercell Spins Up a Dust Shrouded Tornado (Video Capture)Dust Now Hides the Entire Structure of the Tornado (Video Capture)

Meso and Tornado Is Being Occluded By the RFDBeautiful Inflow Tail Leading the Northern Cell

New Meso Forms with Interesting FeaturesWall of Dust in Advance of the Shelf Cloud

Same Wall of Dust to the North of Our LocationDust with View of Shelf Cloud Above It (Video Capture)

Zero Visibility in Blinding Dust Storm (Video Capture)Semi's Overturned By Intense Outflow (Video Capture)

Scott Blair's Finally Able to Relax

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