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June 9, 2003 Stuart NE

Erik W. L. Anderson, Melanie Metz, Peggy Willenberg, Andy Revering, Mike, Bill Doms

All photographs Copyright 2003, Erik W. L. Anderson

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Radar and other tools were used during our chase.  When connection was available, we used mobile internet; and when not available, or we wanted a faster connection, we made stops at a library and at KOOL98. Throughout the storm we had beautiful glimpses of nature, from scenery, to rain glistening wildflowers blowing in the wind, to birds singing right as the tornado was passing by.
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We watched a wall cloud for sometime struggling to make a go of it.  It would form, begin to send lowerings, then collapse.... and then form again.  To our East we were also watching more circulation that appeared to be more promising, so we began to head towards that.  We came to another spot where we felt we could clearly see both fronts and then witnessed the two combine and our original wall cloud began to grow in strength.
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Soon the wall cloud began to send lowerings, and then a funnel appeared and up righted itself.

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At one point a second funnel came down, but it was very short lived.

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The tornado seemed to want to pose for us, staying on the ground for about ten minutes, covering only a short distance........ so why not take advantage and pose with it?
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An F2 tornado according to the Fujita Scale causes trees to be uprooted or snapped.  We witnessed telephone poles snapped at the base, gnarled trees, tripods blowing over, and camera bags being sucked out of our truck.  According to Bill Doms, a grove of cottonwood trees with 30-40"+ girth was uprooted and snapped as well.

Nice meso to the southwest of Naper, Nebraska.  To the southeast of our vantage, we also caught a glimpse of another tornado near Oneill, Nebraska.
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Digital photography by Erik W. L. Anderson was featured in Nebraska daily newspapers and StormTours.com video footage was featured ABC News, Good Morning America, and The Weather Channel.  The chase was also mentioned on KOOL98 and featured on their Web site.

Click here for a text account by Andrew Revering, Convective Development

Click Here for a chase account for Belle Plaine, 2001