Castlewood Canyon State Park 5/25/12

On May 25, 2012 we toured Castlewood Canyon State Park in Franktown, CO. It was a very neat place, lots of photogenic rock formations and plenty of natural beauty. Finding wildlife proved to be difficult in the heat of midday, but I managed to get some nice landscape shots out of it. Tons of butterflies and flowers. I did get one shot of a butterfly, and also a Honeybee. The weather was absolutely perfect. Bright blue sky and sunshine with a bit of a breeze. Castlewood Canyon State Park has a network of trails through the park and a number of observation decks that offer some great canyon views, as well as a very pleasant nature walk experience. Click here to see a zoomed in Google Map of the park. Enjoy my images below, and also a short video I recorded of the canyon from one of the observation decks. … Read More…


Nebraska Chasing, Take Two 5/24/12

What was supposed to be simply a travel day to Denver to pick up Chris Johnson, turned out to be a chase day as well. The conditions were marginal, but some cumulus were already beginning to gather in the late morning, and continued to build into the afternoon hours. SBCAPE was around 500j/kg, and there was about 20-30kts of effective bulk shear to work with. Some elevated convection was ongoing to the north, and this activity, perhaps with an associated outflow boundary or some sort of small MCV touched off a few storms to the south of the main cell which eventually became tornado warned with confirmation of a tornado not too far north of where we had spent the night. That sucked, but thankfully the tornado wasn’t all that impressive anyway, so it’s not really much of a loss. We instead chased a couple of strong storms that eventually died off and we made our way into Colorado. Below are videos and images from May 24, 2012. Day 2 … Read More…


Iowa Speedway and Severe Storms near Wahoo, NE 5/23/12

Left image is of a sunrise at an Illinois gas station on the way to Nebraska. After a lot of planning and preparing, the first chase day had finally arrived. Our friend Bob picked me up from Michigan and brought me down to Indiana to stay at his house to wait for Mike and John, who drove from Georgia to Indiana to pick me up. From there, we took turns driving and sleeping all the way to Iowa. We drove all night, but made it. Michael Phelps, John Capper, and Myself were all very tired, but ready for action. On the journey, I noticed the Iowa Speedway which was set a little ways off the highway. I didn’t have to say much for Mike and John to be on board with the idea of getting on the track, and streaming a lap around it live on StormScapeLive.com. It seemed like an easy enough task, but we were prepared to be denied. I went in and talked to the good folks … Read More…