Chasing – NE – May 24, 2010


We were lucky to come out of this day alive!  Well, that’s a bit of an exaggeration but it was fast, furious, and wild.  In Nebraska, headed north to Lake McConaughy to watch a storm cross the lake…but it didn’t.  However, saw a lot of whitecaps on the lake.  The wind was howling.  Headed further north on Rt. 61/92 trying to stay ahead of the storms, which were moving at 60ish mph.  We stayed on Rt. 92 at Arthur, heading east.  Before reaching Rt. 97, we got ahead of one of the north tracking fast moving storms and captured a brief tornado on camera while almost being blown away by 70mph winds.  Shirts were being held on by hand.   The tornado was near Tryon, NE and we were looking NW.

We continued east on 92 through hail and suddenly, out of nowhere, a fast moving shed roof passed in front of our eyes.  This thing was close! Debris.  At that point, we decided to head on to Oconto to let the storm roll over us and ended up sitting under the whale’s mouth.  What a day.


brief tornado   60-70 mph winds sustained!

  whale’ mouth

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