(26 June 2012)
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About This Shoot
Date: 26 June 2012
Location: Southern Saskatchewan from Swift Current to Moose Jaw to Regina, SK
Shoot Type: Storm Chase
Evan Bookbinder and I intercepted the first storm, an early day elevated supercell, near Swift Current. We followed this storm east along the Trans-Canada Hwy until the structure of the storm became less interesting. We then decided to head east to Moose Jaw to reposition ourselves for the better, late afternoon/early evening show. A supercell formed rapidly about 40 miles to our southwest, and we plotted an intercept down in the Coderre-Courval area. We were in excellent position for a time along Hwy 626, north northeast of Courval, but we needed to go south to Hwy 363 before we could continue east...then eventually back north. During this reposition time, we did observe a distant tornado back to our west-northwest shortly after 6:00pm CDT. After that tornado dissipated, we continued east along Hwy 363 then back north between 6:20 and 6:40pm. During this time, a large tornado was occurring well to our west-northwest that we could not see because of the hilly terrain to our west. We managed to photograph amazing supercell structure, however, during the 6:40 to 6:50 time frame. We followed this supercell to north of Moose Jaw then intercepted approaching menacing squall line with nice shelf cloud structure and cloud-to-ground lightning. We raced east to stay ahead of this, but eventually let it overtake us as we came closer to Regina. At Regina in the wake of the storm, an amazing display of mammatus greeted us, but unfortunately it was in shadow. If it was not in shadow, this mammatus could have the best mammatus both of us have evern seen. All in all, an exciting chase!

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26 June 2012

Tue, 03 Jul 2012 13:43:31 -0500
-Mammatus over Regina- Looking straight up, this amazing display of mammatus greeted Evan Bookbinder and I after strong/severe storms rolled through Regina, Saskatchewan on June 26, 2012
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Wed, 27 Jun 2012 10:38:24 -0500
Classic supercell structure from the tornadic supercell west-southwest of Moose Jaw, SK on June 26. Close to the time of the cone tornado buried back in the occlusion back part of the storm
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Wed, 27 Jun 2012 10:36:34 -0500
Classic supercell structure from the tornadic supercell west-southwest of Moose Jaw, SK on June 26. Close to the time of the cone tornado buried back in the occlusion back part of the storm

Wed, 27 Jun 2012 01:45:27 -0500
Courval-Coderre, Saskatchewan tornado on June 26, 2012.. First Canada tornado ever observed by myself and Evan Bookbinder!
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Tue, 26 Jun 2012 18:10:05 -0500
6:07 PM CDT WITNESSED AMAZING TORNADO 4NW CODERRE, SK. Gorgeous elephant trunk! First ever Canadian Tornado!!

Tue, 26 Jun 2012 16:02:04 -0500
chase update 4pm cdt. In Moose Jaw, SK.. this will be our staging location for the main event later this afternoon/evening. Watching the boundary lift north of Malta-Glasgow to CAN border

Tue, 26 Jun 2012 12:28:22 -0500
chase update 1125am mdt. Awesome supercell structure moving into Swift Current, SK .. still a little bit elevated with laminar banding

Tue, 26 Jun 2012 12:08:05 -0500
chase update 1105a in Swift Current, tiered supercell updraft structure to the southwest making beeline for Swift Curr... may ingest sfc air soon!

Tue, 26 Jun 2012 11:10:29 -0500
Late morning and already in chase mode north of Swift Current. Storm at 10am near Maple Creek about 90 miles to our southwest

Tue, 26 Jun 2012 11:06:24 -0500
chase update 1005am. On the intercept to first storm of the day moving northeast toward Swift Current area. This will be a long chase day!

Tue, 26 Jun 2012 09:20:51 -0500
Chase Trip Day 4 Target (June 26): Swift Current, SK early afternoon storms.. then as far east as Weyburn, SK early this evening. Big day, tornadoes likely in southern Saskatchewan
The time is 8:15am MDT, and Evan and I are currently in Kindersley, SK.
At this time, there are already elevated supercells crossing the
US-Canada border northwest of Havre, MT. This trend will continue
through the late morning and into the early afternoon, so we need to get
moving here in a bit and head southeast to Swift Current to catch any
early afternoon supercells which could quickly become surface based.
Tornadoes could occur as early as 1:00pm MDT today as a very impressive
upper low lifts northeast into northwest Montana later today.

After today's chase, we will likely stay for the night somewhere just
north of the US-Canada border then make the trip back south into the
states Wednesday. Wednesday looks like a down day, but the
Thursday-Saturday time frame (June 28-30) looks pretty good from
northern Nebraska into central South Dakota for repeated supercell
possibilities in a zonal flow pattern with high instability/moisture in