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gallery: May 9, 2011

May 9, 2011: I started the day in O'Neill, Nebraska, and initially thought I would target the Wyoming-South Dakota border west of Rapid City. But after a pleasant photographic detour, I ended up in a chaser convergence in Murdo, S.D., where it appeared the juicy southeast winds might help kick things off. Instead, the line that formed on the Wyoming-S.D. border was about the only game in town. I headed down to the southernmost storm and got there just as it was getting really dark - and as the tornado-warned storm was spitting out huge amounts of lightning. Share

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9 MAY 2011 - I started the day in O'Neill, Nebraska, as did the Cloud 9 Tours group, pictured. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 9 MAY 2011 - The Element is ready for action in South Dakota. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 9 MAY 2011 - As clouds formed, I checked out the Dog Ear Buttes near Winner, S.D. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com
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9 MAY 2011 - As clouds formed, I checked out the Dog Ear Buttes near Winner, S.D. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 9 MAY 2011 - The road leading to the Dog Ear Buttes near Winner, S.D. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 9 MAY 2011 - Blue sky, black cows. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com
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9 MAY 2011 - South Dakota has so many picturesque, abandoned houses. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 9 MAY 2011 - At the chaser convergence in Murdo, S.D., Daniel Shaw has a boo-boo - a Super-Glued finger. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 9 MAY 2011 - Many independent chasers, tour groups and the "Storm Chasers" group ended up awaiting storms in Murdo, S.D. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com
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9 MAY 2011 - Mike Umscheid, Charles Edwards and Jim Leonard at the chaser convergence in Murdo, S.D. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 9 MAY 2011 - At a kitschy exit west of Murdo, nothing was happening. Rather than surrender to the cap, I headed southwest to intercept the tail end of a line of cells coming out of Wyoming. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 9 MAY 2011 - It was just getting dark as I ended up in front of a tornado-warned cell heading into Rushville, Nebraska, just south of the South Dakota border. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com
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9 MAY 2011 - The lightning was constant, revealing mammatus and hard convection. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 9 MAY 2011 - I liked the shape of this bolt. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 9 MAY 2011 - The storm cell had a nice structure, illuminated by the lightning. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com
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9 MAY 2011 - The lightning zits kept zapping as the storm threatened to overtake my position. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 9 MAY 2011 - These were shot with a wide-angle lens. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 9 MAY 2011 - I moved farther down the road as the storm pushed northeast. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com
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9 MAY 2011 - The storm was building its muscles. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 9 MAY 2011 - Even as the storm appeared to shrink on radar, it had strong convection and prompted another tornado warning. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 9 MAY 2011 - Use your imagination - the storm looks as if it has its arms up for a fight! Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com

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