July 14, 1998
Much of Minnesota and Wisconsin were in the midst of a long heat wave. That evening things began to get interesting. Skywarn had been activated and things were looking promising. I headed south on US3 . As I drove through Proctor, Mn. I could see some very distinctive cloud features through the trees. I continued south toward higher ground with a much more clear view. When I reached a clearing, I was greeted with an awesome sight. A shelf cloud, stretching from horizon to horizon was moving straight toward me. Since these monsters are not associated with tornadic activity, I continued south, passing directly underneath it. On the back side things got interesting as heavy rain and hail slowed traffic to a near standstill. The Skywarn net control had requested that I continue south to Barnum, Mn. so I crept along, leaving the hail after 15 minutes. Nothing severe developed this evening but it was worth the drive to experience such a bizarre sight.