High Based Shelf Cloud (PHOTOS + VIDEO)

This is an image of a high based shelf cloud that moved through the Greenville, MI area on May 15, 2012. The day started off very nice, sunshine, and temperatures were scheduled to reach the upper 70s to low 80s across the west Michigan area. The SPC had us in a Slight Risk area for severe weather, the primary threats would be large hail, and damaging wind gusts. But there were some limiting factors. The main one being the inadequate moisture, with precipitable water values only around 0.7 and dew points struggling to reach 50 degrees. The heat was there, so was the CAPE at 500-1000j/kg, and the low level lapse rates were very high, between 8.5 and 10 across the area, but the dry air ultimately won out for the most part. The SPC downgraded us to a ‘SEE TEXT’ for a lesser threat of severe weather. The day wasn’t exactly a bust, as a few severe reports were obtained, you can see those by Clicking Here. The worst … Read More…


The Early Years: Digitally Retouched Storm Photos of 2003-2004

Recently I was going through boxes I picked up at storage and found my collection of weather images, snapped with various 35mm cameras, from my early years of interest in storm chasing and photography. I finally was able to get Mom’s scanner working, after discovering that my scanner, for whatever reason, is broken. It was a long process and it took a lot of troubleshooting but I was able to get it all done. I went through various photo albums and photo packs to find some of the better images from 2003-2004. Now of course, this isn’t close to all of my images, I still have a whole bag of 35mm film that needs to be developed. I just haven’t been able to afford to do it. I ran all of these through extensive editing in Paint.net, a free editing software, more advanced than Microsoft Paint, but less advanced than say, Adobe Photoshop or something similar. But it does a very good job. I enhanced the color and balance of … Read More…


Google AdSense – My Experience

So earlier today as I was editing my website I noticed my Google AdSense Ad on my Videos page was showing an ad for Google AdSense Ads. (click left image for larger view) I found this humorous personally, but also pretty cool. I figured I’d share my experience with Google AdSense here, and also link some info if you are interested in signing up. First of all, I was skeptical, as I am with anything online, especially making money online. But I figured what the heck, might as well do some research and just see what all the fuss was about. I had noticed many ads on websites and YouTube videos, and a number of folks talking about this thing called Google AdSense. Back in October 2011 after loads of research and information gathering, I strongly considered signing up, once I found out how easy it was, I was sold, and have been signed up to Google AdSense since October 2011. Google AdSense is very easy to use from my … Read More…


Severe Weather, Tragedy, and Time Lapse

Pictured left is the only photo I was able to obtain of the outflow boundary as it approached. Scroll down to “Tragedy” for the reason why. SEVERE WEATHER On May 1, 2012, a Slight Risk was issued for areas of the Midwest, including the lower Great Lakes. This included a large portion of lower Michigan. The SPC kept it’s Slight Risk area over my region through day 3, 2, and finally day 1. The main threats were to be hail, and high wind, I agreed with this. On May 3, 2012, severe weather was imminent, it was just a matter of when. The majority of the thunderstorms were elevated, and being triggered in large part by the warm front. The warm front was draped across lower Michigan, and had led to thunderstorm development. Through the day, more storms developed, eventually forming a squall line. This line of storms extended from Lake Huron, all the way back to Wisconsin, but what broken in nature for most of the afternoon, this seemed … Read More…