Hold on, let's try that again. Wowwwww.
Wednesday was certainly one of my top 5 storm chase days. We awoke early in Bismarck, ND and set our sites on Yorkton, SK as an initial target. We analyzed as much as we could from the US side of the border, as we were limited by our data availability in Canada. After checking into our hotel and grabbing some lunch in Yorkton, we began to notice agitated cumulus begging to develop roughly 100 miles to our northwest (thanks to the folks at Boston Pizza for letting us use their wireless network!). We took off for the Mud/Quill Lake area and ended up pitting for ice cream in Foam Lake, SK. Our agitated cumulus were now beginning to tower quite nicely, and we latched on to a severe storm just N of Quill Lake. This supercell was gorgeous, displaying mid-level striations and a blocky wall cloud in the presence of beautiful yellow canola fields.
|Beautiful supercell north of Quill Lake. Canola field makes the shot!|
|New southern supercell (looking W)|
|Cone tornado just northeast of Wadena, SK.|
|Large cone tracking east toward our position.|
Wrapping rain curtains from the RFD made it nearly impossible to stay in our current location (without getting damage or putting ourselves in jeopardy), so we jogged east and north to reposition for another cycle. The storm was indeed cyclic, producing another tornado just to our northwest.
|Occlusion and new tornado|
|Rapid rotation (sometimes funnel, sometimes tornado) passing to our north|
We again jogged east and north to find the storm beginning a new (and visually stronger) mesocyclone. This cycle produced a pretty elephant trunk tornado in front of a canola field (the shot I've been waiting for!).
|Elephant trunk tornado gracing canola (E of Wadena, SK, looking NE)|
Additionally, there was this little bird fart landspout type tornado that occurred during the madness of cycles. I think it was roughly around the time of this tornado, so I will throw it in here.
|Landspout looking toward the WNW.|
After making our way east again, it was apparent that the storms were becoming more high-precipitation in nature. We continued east to stay ahead of a now surging supercell, and were treated with some amazing convective structure.
|CoD vans posing|
|Highly sheared HP beast as we stay back for structure views|
We had about a 40 min. drive back to our already checked into hotel (storm chasers can appreciate how nice of a feeling this is). Boston Pizza was again our hangout for the evening, where we enjoyed dinner and a couple cold Canadian beers. A day for the vault!