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Storm Chasing Chronicles

One of the most interesting aspects of being a meteorology student at SDSM&T is the availability of good storm-chasing opportunities in the area, and willing persons to share the adventure. Several of our current M.S. degree students in Atmospheric Sciences will head out to experience the thrill of finding a good storm and taking pictures. Although the Black Hills area does not see frequent tornadoes, we do get thunderstorms that carry with them dangerous hail and deadly lightning. Tornado-producing storms are often not so far away as to keep the weather-watchers from going for a drive. As forecasters-in-training, they will often keep an eye on the weather models and anticipate where to go for the next great opportunity. And they aren't just in it for the great photo op - they are learning all about the storm systems in-the-field, not just from a model.

Chip Redmond captures tornadoes on video

Chip Redmond (MS ATM 2013) and John Hamilton (M.S. student 2012-13) went storm-chasing in the Oklahoma area during the storm outbreak of May 31, 2013. Check out Chip’s YouTube video of tornadoes near the El Reno, Oklahoma area at

Chip  is not only a storm chaser and student, he's also an excellent photographer. Please check out his blogspot at:

Check out some of our storm-chasers' adventures in the following pages:

June_July_2011 (Farmingdale, South Dakota and Crawford, Nebraska)

July_18_2011 (Reva, South Dakota)

Alliance, Nebraska (June 7, 2010)

Dupree storm of June 2010 (check this page out for two videos of the storm)

June 14, 2009 (Western Nebraska/Eastern Wyoming area)

May 23, 2008 (Wyoming)

May 24, 2008 (Dupree-Philip-Eagle Butte, SD areas)

April 21, 2007 (Gregory, SD)

March 28, 2007 (New Underwood and Wall, SD)

June 13, 2006 (Hermosa, SD)

April 17, 2006 (Sturgis and Faith, SD)

File updated 6/3/2013



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