June 16, 2010 Dupree, South Dakota Tornado Outbreak
Last Updated on Monday, 15 November 2010 16:43
Written by Roger Hill
What an amazing day! We left North Platte, NE heded north to chase the warm front in South Dakota. I was certainly not expecting what occured this day. After a quick lunch in Rapid City, we took off targeting the warm front near Faith. As we arrived a supercell formed, turned right and anchored on the warm front. This became the tornado machine of the year. We counted 16 tornadoes, with as many as 4 and possibly 5 on the ground at the same time. Three large wedge tornadoes occured, along with about every other look and shape tornado imaginable. The town of Dupree came within a mile of being wiped off the face of the earth. Thank goodness the worst stayed just west and north of town. Here are a few images and a video uploaded to You Tube.
Large tornado near Dupree, SD with satellite rotating around it.
Dupree, SD supercell, ready to produce it's first of 16 confirmed tornadoes.
Large tornado near Dupree becoming intense.
Massive wedge type tornado approaches Dupree. Visually stunning tornado that was on the ground for 25 minutes.
There are 3 tornadoes on the ground here, with a 4th not in the view to the left.
Doesn't get much prettier than this beast!
Huge wedge very close to me. Notice the horizontal vortice on the right of the tornado. Very strong tornado!
Dupree tornado goes through very pretty rope out.
Another very large tornado formed northeast of the first wedge.
What can be said? These two (and then 3) tornadoes were eventually rotating around each other.
The third wedge of the day. We were about 2 miles from it here with no road options to get closer.