August 24, 2006, southern Minnesota
Below are a few photos of the two tornadoes that occurred on this day in southern Minnesota. The first tornado was a weak and short-lived F0 southeast of New Ulm. The second tornado was much stronger, a multiple-vortex F3 that stayed on the ground for 33 miles and killed one person in Kasota.
This chase also marked the first time Meaghan and I were able to chase together. Several other Minnesota chasers were in the vicinity.
The Chanhassan (MN) NWS office has a page here.
|Zoomed in photo of the first tornado, from about 2 miles away. We were at the corner of County 47 and County 101 in far northwestern Blue Earth County.|
|Distance shot of the main storm. We were looking northeast from the Hwy 68/County 47 junction, on the south side of the Minnesota River, at this storm cell to the northeast about 3 miles away...roughly halfway between Courtland and Nicollet. This photo coincidentally was taken around the same time that the F3 tornado touched down.|
|It's hard to tell from this photo, but there's a multi-vortex tornado in the middle of the background. We were just south of Nicollet on County 23, looking east-northeast. This was the last good view we got of the tornado itself, as it was already 4-5 miles ahead of us and moving 35-40 MPH...too fast for us to be able to catch up. Though in our attempt to catch up, we saw a lot of damage in Nicollet, Kasota, and just south of Cleveland.|
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