Nature’s Fireworks

structure_1200Mother Nature provided some fireworks for the fourth of July across the northern Plains. A few severe thunderstorms developed late in the afternoon, persisting into the evening hours. While storms initially took a while to fire due to relatively warm mid-level temperatures, there was no shortage of storms into the night.

I focused on one storm in particular across southwestern South Dakota. I had a visual on an ill-defined wall cloud with this storm and its organization seemed to waver. There was a Tornado Warning on the storm at one point and during that time, I had visuals on a pair of weak funnel clouds. Just as the storm was beginning to show better structure and organization, a cluster of cells merged, forming one large blob of convection.

This convection produced some large hail and strong outflow winds. The winds I experienced were on the order of at least 50 miles per hour. I stayed back far enough to avoid the hail and just close enough to get some photographs before sunset.

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Quincy is a meteorologist and storm chaser who travels around the country documenting and researching severe weather. He has on-air experience with stations such as WTNH-TV in New Haven, CT and WREX-TV in Rockford, IL. He was most recently a digital meteorologist for

After achieving his B.S. degree in Meteorology at Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) in 2009, he returned as a University Assistant to help produce weather broadcasts. He also gave guest lectures and worked on website design.

He has over nine years of professional weather forecasting experience and his forecasts have been featured in newspapers and on radio stations in multiple states.

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