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…


March 21, 2011 – First Lightning Footage of 2011

With a General Risk for storms issued by the SPC, and no severe storms anticipated, I didn’t expect much. I was pleasantly surprised though when some elevated instability nosed into the area, touching off numerous showers and thundershowers, some of which producing small hail. I was able to get a little bit of footage, but this by no means was a chase. Thankfully I captured a little bit of the lightning, missed some good stuff, but it was too intermittent to waste the battery life in my opinion. Enjoy what I did capture! (make sure to watch in HD) … Read More…