It's been a strange week of visiting the cabin, mixed with some not-so-wonderful storm chases. Snapped a few cute pictures of my neice, Adeline picking some flowers.
After the type of year we've had so far, with barely any good storm chase days, we figured that since last Wednesday didn't look the greatest for chasing, we better be normal people and just head to the cabin. Little did we know it would result in tornadic storms right near our own home! Lucky for some of our friends, it was a perfect evening chase close to home. Unfortunately for us, we had a hard time enjoying life at the cabin while watching radar on our cell phones and knowing that their were likely nice tornadoes on those storms.
So when Thursday seemed to be an even better day for chasing, we decided to pack up and chase. Long story short, we drove a lot and barely even saw a storm since the cap just didn't want to budge.
Friday we were back at the cabin and Friday night, Beau's family joined us. One bad chase didn't leave us too bitter and we got to enjoy a wonderful fish fry along with our own Tiki Party on Saturday. It was good times. But then Sunday came and we decided to leave the place I love early and book it down to southern MN/northern IA. Storms were slow to get any real development and there were lots of them. Very hard to pick which one to go after in that situation, especially without any of them looking great. Action started to pick up later in the day near the MN/IA border but all because of our road choices, we ended up barely seeing anything.
It was one of those days that made me feel like I should just stop forecasting the weather or storm chase ever again. But on Tuesday, a quick little "chase" a few miles south of my house brought me to a good summer storm. Nothing all too severe, just some wind gusts ( probably up to 45 mph at the highest), a few good lightning strikes, and the wonderful smell of summer rain. It was enough to remind me of my love for storms.
Here's a pano I made as the squall line came in.