Crazy Snow Squall! (VIDEO + PHOTOS)

On 4/19/13 a cold pool from a strong low pressure system overspread the west Michigan area in the afternoon hours. Some breaks in the clouds allowed for some daytime heating which resulted in diurnal convective mixed precipitation showers. The majority of which ended up being snow showers, but there was also snow grains, graupel, sleet, and some rain mixing into some of them. There were some decent wind gusts with some of the cells. A couple of small, but potent, squall lines developed during the course of the afternoon. One of the stronger squalls hit me in Greenville, MI. The WRF-NMM was predicting this scenario in it’s 22 hour forecast seen below. It shows mixed precipitation showers, some being strong, over the west Michigan area in the afternoon hours. This forecast absolutely verified. Right next to the WRF-NMM image is an image of the radar as the squall line moved through my location around 5:00PM EDT. (click images to enlarge) Some of these radar returns topped 40dbz during the squall’s … Read More…


Heavy Rain, Rural Flooding, and Crocus Flowers

Flooding and Crocuses

After watching computer models like a hawk, forecasting and pinpointing until my brain was fried, and losing a ton of sleep, came today (Thursday). The SPC had us in a Moderate Risk. All signs pointed to high winds, hail, and tornadoes, except for a couple of minor details. Overnight (Wednesday into Thursday) more precipitation than previously anticipated developed and trained over the area. This never allowed the atmosphere to destabilize properly. I awoke to a Tornado Watch and a severe warned line of thunderstorms blasting into west Michigan in the late AM hours, only to die off and nothing ever re-fired in my area after that. The Tornado Watch was quickly canceled as well. I saw this scenario possibly coming to fruition in the early AM hours of Thursday (4/18/13) so I called off the chase for today. A smart move on my part, as I would have busted horribly. Heavy rain was the headline, along with flooding. We picked up a substantial amount of rainfall from this system. In … Read More…


Marfa, TX Storm Chasing Footage on 60 Minutes! (VIDEO)

In case you missed it last night, my storm chasing footage from Marfa, TX was aired on 60 Minutes! I would have gotten the word out, but had been told that the airing was moved to April 21st. Fortunately though, the Marfa story can be found on www.cbsnews.com! I have embedded the video below so you can watch it right here if you’d rather. It’s a very nice story about Marfa, TX. A place I would definitely return to and spend more time in one day. The weather down there certainly is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. It has a certain special feel to it. I have included my full chase video below the 60 Minutes video, and a few photos below that as well! Enjoy! Feel free to share this blog article with your friends!! Below is the full chase video from Marfa, TX. Photos are below the video, enjoy! … Read More…


Insane Thunder and Lightning!! (VIDEO)

GRL3

After a long winter, a late running winter, we finally got some good thunderstorms here in Michigan today (4/9/13) These were elevated along and north of a warm front situated to our south. This afternoon I recorded some of the very best thunder I have ever heard. Loud, and in your face. This video is worth the watch!! To the left is a screen shot of GRlevel3. You can see the concentration of lightning fairly well. The cell didn’t look like much on radar, but the lightning literally, spoke for itself. More storms possible this week. Below is a very cool image from my friend Cort Scholten showing a low pressure on radar and also on velocity. This was a secondary wave of thunderstorms and rain that moved through the area this afternoon. Thanks Cort! … Read More…


Corkscrew Vortex Contrail, Sunset, and Clouds

Contrails

On the evening of March 30, 2013, I noticed some contrails and high clouds at sunset. I decided to grab my camera and see what sort of things I could capture. Another large aircraft leaving a thick contrail behind it began to pass through an old diffusing contrail. This definitely made for a few nice photo opportunities. I was pleased with what I had shot, but it’s what I saw when I was reviewing my images later that night that really got me excited. Little did I know, the contrail from this larger plane turned into a long corkscrew vortex! If I had known this while I was shooting, I would have snapped more pictures, but this definitely came as a nice surprise to me. Sometimes a little boredom and some contrails can go a long way! I snapped 5 images in total. The images below are in order of me taking them. The 5th image is a cropped version of the 4th to show details. The corkscrew vortex is … Read More…