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gallery: May 22, 2012

May 22, 2012: My target was initially the South/North Dakota border. Though I knew the best backed winds were farther north, I didn't think I could get to the Canadian border in time, and I liked the forecast dryline push, among other factors. However, I thought the grunge would inhibit convection, so I dropped south. In all, it was a smorgasbord of mostly weak storms, though friends and I saw a skinny shear funnel spinning out of the back of a dying storm. Amid all this, a pheasant hurtled at my car and snapped off my CB antenna. (See Daniel Shaw's video, below.) Share

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On May 22, my frenzied driving continued as I passed through Valentine, Nebraska, on the way to South Dakota.

My target was initially the South/North Dakota border. Eventually, to escape the grunge, I dropped south again - north of Pierre - and watched this shower. Photo by Chris Kridler,,

It briefly became a nice little cell with minimal thunder.

Then it died a beautiful death.

I ran into old friends, and we attempted to chase a few cells as the day faded.

Unfortunately, a pheasant took a flyer at my car and completely snapped off the CB/weather radio antenna.

We hopped on I-90, and I noticed one of the cells had a shear funnel (white and skinny, upper right).

Here's another look at the tiny funnel, which persisted for a couple of minutes.

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