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Nova Bandit
08-24-2006, 06:12 PM
How did everyone do during todays storms? I keep hearing rumors that there were places around the metro area that got soft ball size hail!

Oh... and btw... the storms over the past few days have been my fault. I just got my boat back from getting fixed up, and I've been wanting to take it for a drive!

ChevyUnlimited
08-24-2006, 11:04 PM
St. Peters Township Hall and many houses in St. Peter were wiped out by a tornado today. Highway 22 was shut down because of trees and power lines down. Highway 169 had a 1/2 mile of trees down.

77fordf-150
08-25-2006, 11:36 AM
Houses in Nicollet got hit. Hope my cabin didn't

josh88ford
08-25-2006, 01:13 PM
Yeah, basically started in Nicollet and worked E NE. haha yeah, hopefully my boats arent in the middle of the bean feild...

89Orion
08-25-2006, 01:31 PM
Lots of rain and a little wind where I was, but hardly any thunder or lightning.

ox_man
08-25-2006, 07:07 PM
mostly rain and some winds nothing major

ssom06
09-03-2006, 02:56 PM
Kinda late but oh well I went out and chased this storm down and got some pretty nice pictures of the tornado, I'm a trained skywarn spotter for the weather service so I've done this quite a bit but this was by far the biggest twister I've seen. I uploaded them to my photobucket album if anyone is interested in seeing all of them...Most of these were taken on highway 99 near Nicollet.
Exciting stuff..

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a328/kmkt/8-24-2006/000_1967.jpg

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a328/kmkt/8-24-2006/000_1970.jpg

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a328/kmkt/8-24-2006/000_1974.jpg

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a328/kmkt/8-24-2006/000_1975.jpg

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a328/kmkt/8-24-2006/000_1983.jpg

the whole album http://s14.photobucket.com/albums/a328/kmkt/8-24-2006/

ChevyUnlimited
09-04-2006, 12:16 PM
oh my, I didn't know those ones got so big

77fordf-150
09-04-2006, 09:12 PM
holy ****!!

Nova Bandit
09-04-2006, 11:53 PM
Kinda late but oh well I went out and chased this storm down and got some pretty nice pictures of the tornado, I'm a trained skywarn spotter for the weather service so I've done this quite a bit but this was by far the biggest twister I've seen. I uploaded them to my photobucket album if anyone is interested in seeing all of them...Most of these were taken on highway 99 near Nicollet.
Exciting stuff..

That is soooo cool!

Storm chasing is one of those things I could myself making a career change for. I've always been interested in meteorology.

So, what kind of set up do you have in your storm chasing vehicle?

Nova Bandit
09-05-2006, 01:19 PM
I was just shown a link to some hail damage pics...

Check them out:

Dammit... this guy has remote image linking turned off...

I'll put up a link to the pics tomorrow.

ssom06
09-05-2006, 11:26 PM
That is soooo cool!

Storm chasing is one of those things I could myself making a career change for. I've always been interested in meteorology.

So, what kind of set up do you have in your storm chasing vehicle?

Right now its just a 98 ford exploder, 2 scanners, cb radio, and a ham radio. I'm debating wether I should go the full length and get a mobile threatnet which would enable me to have radar and gps whenever i want when in the field but its a pretty hefty price tag.

But most storm chasers won't get paid for what they do unless your involved in research for the storm prediction center which you need to be very skilled to get into.

So what I do is mainly volunteer work for the national weather service in the twin cities. I send in reports over the ham radio, which helps them issue,reissue, or cancel warnings. and just for fun.

Nova Bandit
09-06-2006, 01:04 AM
So how would one get into something like that?

ssom06
09-06-2006, 04:00 PM
So how would one get into something like that?

I'll give you a few useful links to some more info...


The online biggest storm chaser community
www.stormtrack.org

Minnesota storm chaser community
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mn-chase/

Info on skywarn
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skywarn

In the spring every year the national weather service in chanhassen hold classes around the area to train you...they are about 2 hours then you sign up after the class and this will qualify as a trained storm spotter.

02_mnranger
09-11-2006, 11:04 AM
sweet pics!!.. yea i got hit a by some hail, wasnt too bad cause im half fiberglass, but my hood, doors and fenders got some good dents