Best Snow Footage Collection | 2/23/12

This blog is dedicated to showcasing some of my best snow footage. The videos include heavy lake effect snow, a large snowflake, and more! Also in this entry, exclusive footage of the Groundhog day Blizzard of 2011! I guess it would be more appropriate to call this a vlog, instead of a blog. Enjoy! (make sure to watch videos in HD for best effect!) … Read More…

Best Storms of 2011 | 2/18/12

Here is a collection of footage from my best storm chases in 2011. I would have included the snow footage, but Windows Live Movie Maker had other plans. This video contains footage of hail, close lightning, menacing looking thunderstorms, a scuddy updraft base that for a moment, looked like something that could spawn a tornado, heavy rainfall which flooded over an intersection, a cumulus cloud time lapse (excuse the double copyright), a rain foot, a massive shelf cloud ahead of a derecho which produced winds up to 90mph with gusts higher than that also included in this video. All video segments were recorded in Michigan. We get a lot of different kinds of weather here in Michigan, so I like to share them when I can with the world! Enjoy! (be sure to watch in HD for full effect!) … Read More…

Cold Front Passage on GRLevel3 | 2/10/12

I captured this series of images while viewing GRLevel3 (a product of GRLevelX). I put them into a video animation. It is showing a cold front dropping through (and enhancing) snow. The first set of images is the base reflectivity, the second set is the base velocity. I highlight where the front is in the video. Look for the line dropping southeastward, pretty cool stuff! … Read More…

Extreme Lake Effect Snow Intercept | 1/2/12

Pictured left is a parking lot full of vehicles at Meijer in Holland, MI (click for larger). The closest vehicle is a Ford F-150, which was only about 50 feet or so away from my photographing locale in my own truck. Talk about heavy snow! Visibility was under 300 yards at times in the main band. For this chase I planned ahead. I was living in Morley, MI at the time (between Big Rapids, MI and Howard City, MI) and I knew there was going to be potential for heavy snow to usher in the new year. I followed the forecast models and upper atmospheric patterns carefully as I planned for a potential snow chase. Now, I won’t just chase anything, especially when it’s about 60 miles to drive one way. But I just knew that with the relatively warmer waters of Lake Michigan (lower 40F range), the dynamics of the low pressure system that was going to move through, and the cold air and wind it would bring in … Read More…

8/22/11 – Ontario, CAN Tornado Analysis

Above Left – Photo of Tornado (CTVNews). Above Right – Damage photo (The Canadian Press, Geoff Robins/AP Photo) I have heard and read several comments in regards to the report of an alleged “Lake Effect Tornado” in Goderich, Ontario, Canada yesterday (8/21/11). As a Storm Chaser, I’m quick to question and analyze reports anyway, especially when relayed from the general public. I’m here to offer my in depth analysis about this alleged “Lake Effect Tornado” The SPC had a General T-Storm Risk issued. A decent upper level low was moving across the upper Great Lakes and southern Canada region. Near and ahead of this feature a chance of thunderstorms existed. Severe weather wasn’t anticipated, but anytime you get storms developing near a low pressure system with decent instability, it’s a possibility. A few thunderstorms had fired in the northern lower peninsula of Michigan, around the Straits of Mackinac. I closely monitored these on both GRLevel3, and the SPC’s Mesoanalysis page. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary, until the one parent … Read More…

7/11/11 – Derecho Double

Above images are from two separate Derecho events in Michigan on the morning of July 11, 2011. Left image is of Derecho number two in Kentwood, MI. That’s me with Black Beauty underneath a massive Shelf Cloud. The second image is of an awesome lightning strike I captured on video (which is included in this entry below) The photo is a video cut of that strike. Let me start by saying I was woke up by the first Derecho, I had no time to position, so I “porch chased” which was perfectly good considering some of the strongest winds and frequent lightning were in the Kent City, MI area. The wind picked up almost immediately, as seen in the video below. The second Derecho that was plowing eastward at 70mph I drove south for. Unfortunately my time lapse plans were blown when I encountered a bunch of slow traffic, construction, and red lights on M-37 heading toward the airport. That totally killed my chances at an awesome time lapse. Although … Read More…

June 21, 2011 – West Michigan Storm Chase

The photos featured above are of 3 different storms. Beginning left to right: Storm #1 near Muskegon, MI. Storm #2 near Grant, MI. Storm #3 near Carson City, MI. Today was a good day. I had been watching the models for about a week, and knew it would get active in the Great Lakes. After a relatively slow month of June, we were due for severe weather. For days the computer models showed a big, slow moving, strong, low pressure system pressing eastward out of the Rockies. The SPC (Storm Prediction Center) put us in a Slight Risk for their Day 3 Convective Outlook (June 21st), and also a severe hatch area for their Day 4 Convective Outlook (June 22nd). I knew both days would prove to be active (people doubted me) but I just had a feeling these days would be good. Especially June 21st. I made this call in Bill Steffen’s Blog on June 19, 2011 at 4:38 pm: “Watch out on Days 3-4, Tornadoes will be possible. … Read More…