July 13, 2009 Valentine, NE Monster Supercell
July 13, 2009 Valentine, NE Monster Supercell


I met up with Daniel Betten and Curtis McDonald in Dodge City the evening before and we went north. Our original target was NW South Dakota for the 13th. We watch what we thought was the first round of storm (which turned into the main show) pass us by at Sturgis as we turned north for Buffalo, SD. We made it all the way to Buffalo when we realized we were way out of position and turn SE in a hurry. We played with the northern storm for about 30 minutes but the Valentine storm was taking all of its inflow so we pushed south and broke through the core north of Valentine. The storm cycled right on top of us west of Valentine and were lucky enough to get south of Valentine for the main show. Below are pictures of what followed. I believe we are the only people to see the tornado, though we were the last ones to get on the storm after driving all the way across SD. Now that is storm chasing luck for you.