Winnie to Leech Lake Storm

July 24, 2008

I chased northwest after a non-severe storm entering western Itasca County north of Lake Winnibigoshish. With an interesting looking hodograph, I thought I'd go out and get some structure on this storm. I set up on the south shore of Lake Winnibigoshish (Lake Winnie) and took a few stills, but the storm built to the west, and the main part of the updraft moved southward. Thus, I tried to get a view from the northern part of Leech Lake. The storm started to move southwestward and took its updraft farther away from me, so there was little I could see from Federal Dam, and I decided to drive back up to Bena near Lake Winnie then home. When I got to Bena, the sun was setting, so I stopped for a few pictures.

Storm over Lake Winnibigoshish.

South shore of Lake Winnibigoshish, western flank of the storm.

Anvil of the storm at sunset near Bena.

Sunset with the updraft and anvil looking west-northwest from Bena.

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