Tag: north dakota

09 Sep

June 9, 2017 – North Dakota

I had delayed my chasecation from May into the middle of June as CFS forecasts showed an unusual lull in severe activity during peak season, but finally the second week of June looked like decent chances for severe weather throughout the week including a potentially significant day on the High Plains on the 12th. June 9th featured a surface low in Montana that was progged to translate eastward into North Dakota bringing with it a warm front that would be modified by overnight convection. The SPC had issued a 5% tornado risk for North Central North Dakota.Read more

22 May

May 22, 2012 – Carpio, North Dakota Tornado

I had originally planned to do a mini chasecation starting on the 23rd, but when parameters starting looking slightly decent I added the 22nd to the front end of the vacation. The only problem was, I had to work the 21st, so would I be able to get to North Dakota in time for the show? I left home at about 6pm EDT and started the long trek westward. I arrived in Fargo, ND shortly after 8am CDT where I met up with Jennifer Brindley and Jonathan Williamson for some breakfast. The original plan, for me, was to sit in Bismarck as a target area. We finished breakfast and headed to Bismarck to formulate our next move!Read more

22 Jul

July 22, 2011 – Flasher, North Dakota Supercell

A big ass ridge was dominating the weather across the southern two-thirds of the country bringing a substantial heat wave to much of the Central and Southern Plains. The displacement of the jet stream to the north confined most of the severe weather opportunities to the Dakotas and even Canada. This day had captured my interest a few days prior and I was prepared to make the looooooong drive to the Dakotas to play in some of the best chase terrain in the country. Decent shear profiles indicated that isolated supercells were possible early in storm evolution before everything grew upsacle.Read more

13 Jul

July 13, 2010 – North Dakota

I had taken the 13th and 14th off of work to high tail it up to western Minnesota to see what the weather would have in store for me and while the 14th was supposed to be the bigger outbreak day, the 13th was the better day for me.  Although I bagged no tornadoes on either day, I was treated to quite a long lived supercell that tracked across southern North Dakota and west central Minnesota.Read more