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8-11-11 Wood Lake, NE Tornado

Jeff and Brian left from Omaha at noon and headed out west with our target of Valentine, NE. We arrived and waited with no initiation. We waited about 2hrs before tornadic storms initiated. We got in the perfect position just east of Valentine, NE. The first storm had amazing rotation. The RFD came down and created a clear slot with the sunset in between. Rotation tightened up but fell apart. The storm began to recycle again RFD came down a created a nice clear slot. This time however the rotation tightened up and a funnel formed. The funnel was persistent and soon made contact with the ground. The funnel was just about overhead so we then blasted east to keep in front of it. Rain then began to wrap around the tornado making it impossible to go east and see the tornado, so we found a dirt road and let the tornado pass then follow it from behind. The tornado formed into a large stove pipe tornado that was white. Simply beautiful to see in person. The tornado was on the ground for about 12 min then finally roped out. We then went back up to the highway to make an attempt to get in front of the storm again for another play. On the way, we noticed another storm to the north east go tornado warned and produce a brief needle tornado. After watching that storm pass and weaken, we decided to blast south east to get back into position for our first storm that still looked strong. It soon got dark we decided to head back to Omaha. The whole tornado cycle was streamed live. This was also seen the next day on ABC Good Morning America, The Weather Channel, Weather Nation, NBC Night Line, and a lot of local news stations like ABC Ch. 8 Lincoln. Overall was a great late season tornado that few people got to see in person.

· Tornadoes: 2

· Hail: quarter

· Miles: 820

· States: NE


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