Monday, May 24, 2010

You Just Gotta Have Faith.

This morning the MSU chase team targeted Dupree, SD for the potential for fast moving supercell storms. As we approached Dupree we continued another 20 miles west to setup on the warm front. Storms quickly developed and became severe to our south with the approach of the mid-level trough. The team sat in Faith, SD for approx. 20 minutes watching a severe storm on radar which eventually latched onto the warm front. Within minutes the storm was warned for a tornado. We approached the storm from the north with a large tornado visible at approx. 20 miles away. Continuing south we stop approx. 3 miles from the storm and watched a mature tornado for about 15 minutes prior to the rear flack downdraft occlusion (see video below). The storm briefly weakened and moved north off of the warm front. More video and images will likely be posted. Tomorrow the team will be rewarded with a relaxing trip to Mt. Rushmore and Custer State Park.


  1. Holy cow that video is nuts. I was sitting in my basement in Pierre just crossing my fingers and hoping no tornadoes would come my way! Great post though, thanks. I hope you enjoyed your time at Mt. Rushmore and Custer State Park today.

    SD Office of Tourism

  2. Wanda,

    We are sure glad you were safe! Thank you for checking out our blog. South Dakota has been a great state for us to visit.