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Missouri Valley, IA Tornado 3-22-11

Jeff Headed west to met up with friends and fellow chasers Brian Onstead and Nate Lewey at 3:00 to pick up Nate after he got out of work, to take him on a chase for his birthday. Conveniently after we picked up Nate, CU started to develop to our west. We headed west out of Omaha toward Freemont to intercept a developing storm that had a nice meso. We continued on the storm as it grew stronger and developed several rotating wall clouds. This was being streamed and recorded from Jeff’s new camera dome. As we ran out of road options for that storm, we blasted east to get in front a developing severe storm just to our south.

This storm was just north of Omaha. Jeff core punched the storm on the way to Blair, NE. We finally got through the rain and hail and made it to a clearing where a nice rotating wall cloud was seen. We followed the storm to the east to Missouri Valley, IA. In the field about half a mile to our south east, a quick small vortice was seen followed by a very broad vortice. This was a multi vortex tornado. This beginning was being streamed live on WOWT-Omaha at this time. We then stopped by a railroad to get out and film, when my friend Nate tripped over the power cord killing the live stream. Jeff, unaware at the time why the camera died, tried to get the dash cam up and running. The tornado then formed into a nice cone tornado, which reminded us of the Aurora, NE tornado appearance of 09. The cone tornado quickly got rain wrapped shortly after.

We then continued to stay with the storm while getting pounded with Baseball size hail. The dome cam and the windshield did survive but the car did take some nice sized dents. The storm soon died after going north of the warm front. Jeff then stopped to upload video from the dome cam. That is when he discovered the horrible news it stopped recording just before Blair.

Overall, it was a good early chase and saw a nice tornado. Jeff did learn what to improve on with the dome cam since it was its first chase out.

· Tornadoes: 1

· Miles: 246

· States: NE, IA

· Hail: Baseball


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