Fall Colors at Harold Baurie Roadside Park

It was a beautiful day in Michigan today with temperatures in the low 60s, bright sunshine, and just a light breeze. I decided to go out and photograph some of the past peak fall colors. I went down to the Harold Baurie Roadside Park to see what I could find. A lot of times those smaller parks can have some big photography rewards. I was was definitely pleased with the setup. Nice little park. Picnic tables, toilets, and a couple of barbecues. Oaks and Maples dominated the area, with a couple of Aspens mixing in here and there. There were still quite a few leaves on some of the trees, while others were almost, or completely bare. We haven’t had an ideal year with the drought and heat, then it’s been cold and windy a lot this fall when the colors were really peaking, so there wasn’t much of a chance to get out to get any good shots. Today though I experienced some very nice “past peak” fall colors. … Read More…


Low Topped Supercell and Shelf Cloud 10/14/12

Today was a rather unplanned chase day. I awoke to a knock at the door, it was my friends, Charles and Tammy! They had come up to visit. So we were sitting around talking, laughing, and discussing the weather out on the balcony when we heard a rumble. Now there was a chance for storms, but I didn’t think it was that good of one, and plus it was sunny overhead with just a few cumulus clouds around. We didn’t think much of it. Then, we heard a second rumble, and a third, so I came indoors to check GRLevel3 (radar program) and sure enough, a thunderstorm was tracking northeast out of Ionia County. According to radar it was carrying some small hail 0.25″ to 0.50″. There was no question, we all decided to go chase it. We head east on M-57 and the closer we got the more menacing this thing looked. It had dark cloud bases, a decent rain and hail core on it, and it had a … Read More…


“Earth Eater” Supercell – Paducah, TX – 5/30/12

On May 30, 2012 we were in Texas tracking the potential of severe weather. There was a Moderate Risk of severe weather, mainly for Oklahoma, however, we decided to play the southwest corner of the Slight Risk area in northern Texas. (If you want to see video, photos, and screenshots, scroll down) There were 2 distinct supercells. You can see that clearly here in this Radar Loop of the storms. The first big supercell fires, goes tornado warned, and drops a tornado in Paducah, TX, before shoving off to the SE. We passed through the town of Paducah, TX where we came across a grass fire in the distance (most likely caused by lightning) and some tornado damage. Most notably sheet metal that had been peeled away and scattered about. We also passed by a barn that housed classic cars that had taken a hit from the tornado. We were en route to the cell which had a history of large hail, damaging winds, and a tornado, until we noticed … Read More…