Didn’t think we’d end up chasing in a major metro area but at the end of the day we found ourselves in Minneapolis! With 15+ hours of chasing behind us, I’ll recap the day in the morning as we drive from Iowa to Kansas. Bottom line, we did land upon a tornado- warned cell in the southwest suburbs of Minneapolis with rotation and a funnel cloud, and 2″ hail (there were also reports of tennis ball sized hail with this cell).
The TWISTEX team suffered some major mechanical and vehicle setbacks but they persevered and kept on chasing.
As I alluded to in the last post, taking a chance on the Minnesota storm threat puts us with a sizable drive to the risk area for Wednesday. Models are still in consensus this will be the best day of the week for storms to produce tornadoes!