Archive for May 2009

5-24-2009 Next Week in Wx

Posted: Sunday, May 24, 2009 at 6:12 pm
By: Administrator
No Comments | Trackback Bookmark and Share

Here is a video blog outlining our weather through next week.  Hopefully, it will give you a little more depth than what we can show you during the news each night.  Also if you have any subjects worthy of a video blog be sure to send us an email.  Whether you have a weather question you would like answered or a question about the station, anything goes!  You can send those to me at tbarlow@keloland.com or stormcenter@keloland.com.  Enjoy the blog and have a great week! 

5-12-2009 Storm Chase Video – Actual Footage

Posted: Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 2:23 pm
By: Administrator
No Comments | Trackback Bookmark and Share

Here is some of the actual video we got from our storm chase.  The video you see here was from the MAJOR supercell thunderstorm that we were able to catch up to near Gettysburg.  There is some excellent video of a long lived wall cloud.  This same storm had earlier produced an EF1 tornado near Dupree, SD.  The footage was shot by one of our studio cameramen James.  Enjoy the video!

5-12-2009 Storm Chase (video)

Posted: Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 10:38 am
By: Administrator
No Comments | Trackback Bookmark and Share

Hey gang, got back early this morning from a very LONG storm chase in fact we logged about 600 miles on Dorothy yesterday.  Initially we just wanted to get west, because we knew the storms would initiate West River and then move east.  When we got out to Murdo we had to make a decision, there was a huge cluster of storms to our north that was severe; however we also had storms firing to our south.  We decided to go north to the larger cluster of storms.  This was a VERY good decision as the southern storms didn’t amount to a whole lot.  The northern cluster ended up having baseball hail, 70 mph winds and a couple tornado warnings as well.  When we got up to the storm we had a great wall cloud on the southern edge of the cluster but the storms were too high based to drop anything to the ground.  We saw some amazing updraft winds actually picking up giant clouds of dust and sucking it into the storm.  This storm then produced a giant shelf cloud which we were able to follow for several miles.  Eventually after the sun started to set and the storm lost its fuel from the sun, the storms formed more of a line and grew less severe.  You will also see some pictures of a funnel, this was a very weak funnel way up in the clouds but it was still amazing to see it spinning away like crazy up there!  The video has a short video blog and then some video of the storms and finally some still pics of the storms.  Next time there is severe weather in the area don’t forget to check our website: KELOLAND Severe Storm Center.  We streamed our entire chase LIVE on that site last night and had the Twitter updates coming in all the time as well.Also if you catch any good video or photos of strong storms or anything else interesting feel free to upload it to our uShare site.  PHOTOS  and   VIDEO
 
 

A Look Inside Dorothy (video)

Posted: Friday, May 8, 2009 at 2:15 pm
By: Administrator
No Comments | Trackback Bookmark and Share

Here is a look inside our storm chase vehicle, "Dorothy."  We use Dorothy to chase strong thunderstorms so that we can get an actual look at the severe storms in the area.  As you will see in the video we have outfitted Dorothy with a streaming camera; this will allow you to see what we see LIVE on KELOLAND-TV and now on KELOLAND.com at this link: 
Severe Weather Web Page

Springtime Memories of Ashland!

Posted: Saturday, May 2, 2009 at 4:52 pm
By: Administrator
No Comments | Trackback Bookmark and Share

Wow, now this is what spring is all about!  Driving around town people are out and about enjoying the sunshine and nice temperatures.  There is just something about those first days of spring.  For me spring has a special meaning because of one special place where I once lived.  That spot is where I went to college; a little town named Ashland, Wisconsin.  Here is a look at a map of where Ashland is:Needless to say it is a long way from South Dakota and with VERY different weather.  My college course focused on winter weather and lake effect snow.  And now here I am in severe weather central!  The one thing they had in common was the wind; the wind always blew there just like it always seems to blow here.  On to my point about spring, in Ashland, where winter literally lasts 7-8 months, the first real warm day of spring was the greatest day of the year.   Absolutely everyone found a way to get outside and enjoy the sun and the warmth that we had been missing for so long.  It honestly seemed like the population of Ashland would double on those really nice days.  For me while we have had other nice days this spring, today was really just ideal, and it in all ways felt like those first warm days of spring back in Ashland.  Don’t forget to savor days like today, before you know it will be hot, humid and oppressive.