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An Interns Perspective on a KELOLAND Storm Chase

Posted: Sunday, July 25, 2010 at 4:19 pm
By: Katie Link
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Being a weather intern at KELO-TV I get to experience all aspects of the job. I’ve already talked about being in the Storm Center during severe weather, now for this last event I got to go storm chasing!  I’ve always wanted to see a tornado so the idea of chasing has always been exciting to me, it is actually one of the things that got me interested in Meteorology in the first place.

 The outlook looked good for the development for severe weather and tornadoes so we loaded up Dorothy (our chase vehicle) and headed out around 2pm Friday.  We started out going north on Hwy 29 we then cut across on Hwy 14 and stopped in Manchester to look at the memorial plaques before continuing on. 

We kept in contact with Jay and Tony at the station who kept an eye on the storms and told us to start heading south to intercept the storm which was moving toward the Chamberlain area.  We ended up crossing the river at Fort Thompson.

Once we crossed the river we were able to see the storm approaching.  We stopped to get gas and as I got out of the car I could feel the intense heat and humidity in the air as well as some gusty winds.  While sitting there waiting for the storm the lightning put on quite a show. The storm was developing before our eyes.  It was truly spectacular to see the storm move in.

Reports of large hail started coming in so we started moving east (storm was moving to the SE) so we wouldn’t get stuck in the storm. As we were driving we got rained on a bit by a smaller cell to the southeast of the larger storm.  We stopped right as we got to Platte as the small cell we drove through produce a funnel cloud which yo-yoed before returning to the cloud (see picture). We continued to track the storm as it moved off to the southeast and continue to produce a number of funnels in our area.  We were just a bit too far north to see the multiple tornadoes the storm produced in far southern South Dakota. The storm continued to pick up speed and the threat was transitioning to straight line winds not to mention the fact that the sun was starting to set so we called it a night and started heading back.  As we got closer to Sioux Falls the storm actually caught up to us which made the trip back to the station a bit interesting.  After we got back, at about 10:30 pm, we put together some of the video we captured of the storms and called it a night.  It was an awesome experience and a great night of chasing!  

Dorothy on the Chase

Funnel Cloud

Storm Moving In

A Day in the Life of a Weather Intern at KELOLAND-TV….

Posted: Friday, July 2, 2010 at 4:11 pm
By: Katie Link
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In the Storm Center during a severe weather outbreak everyone has different responsibilities. Here is a short blog explaining my responsibilities in the Storm Center as the severe weather blew through the state this past weekend.


During the severe weather outbreak last weekend the Storm Center was a busy place to be.  I worked with Tony Barlow and Brian Karstens throughout the weekend. This was my first hands on experience in the Storm Center during severe weather and wasn’t quite sure what to expect.


As the storms developed throughout South Dakota and Minnesota last Friday and Saturday night we monitored the weather models and reports being sent it to determine the threat and severity of the storm.  The reports are sent in from the National Weather Service, storm chasers, and viewers in the area. These reports were of flooding, hail, funnel clouds, tornadoes, and damage. When reports would come in I would relay them onto the live wire feed and Tony and Brian so they could report them to the audience.  This information also helped clarify what exactly was going on since the radar can only depict a “radar indicated tornado”.  Additionally, I needed to keep an eye out for issued and cancelled warning and watches from the National Weather service so we could alert the audiences as soon as the information was available. After the long hours at the Storm Center the weekend wrapped up with a sunny Sunday and a break from the severe weather.



-Katie Link

Weather Intern