Winter Came Early This Year

11/16/14 – After the snow on Halloween, we warmed back up into the 40s and 50s, but not for long. A wintry pattern set in on November 12th, and brought with it several rounds of lake effect snow and the cold air has remained entrenched over the region since. During this time, I was out shooting footage of the snowfall, and below divided into individual daily accounts, are the snowy days over the period. The snow wasn’t particularly heavy all the time, but there were times when the snowfall increased in intensity. Each account has a date, a small description, a video, and some photos. Enjoy! 11/13/14 – A snow squall developed and pressed eastward into my area, bringing with it some of the heaviest graupel type snow I have ever witnessed. The snow showers on this day were convectively enhanced, and some of which packed a good punch. This particular cell increased in intensity right on top of me, and dumped down quite a bit of precip. After the … Read More…

The First Snow! 10/31/14

10/31/14 – The first snow of the season just happened to fall on Halloween this year. On October 27th, we have high temperatures in the mid 70s, but the weather pattern was soon to change, and when it did, it was drastic. The snow didn’t really stick most of the day, and in my area at least, it wasn’t coming down too terribly hard until later in the afternoon hours. Once the snow picked up in intensity, I decided to head out and get some photos and video footage of it. In this article you will see the wet road conditions, the windy and snowy conditions, and also a close up view of the potato harvesting equipment. There’s also Fall colors in various scenes. The tale of two seasons! Enjoy. … Read More…

Forest Home Cemetery Fall Colors

10/15/14 – It was a mild and beautiful Fall day in Michigan. The Fall colors were very bright and vibrant, and many of the trees were exhibiting peak color. I decided to go down to the Forest Home Cemetery to photograph the foliage scenes. This would be my first official photo shoot in a cemetery. I have taken pictures in a cemetery before, but never a full set like this. I’ve visited this cemetery in the past as well. The Forest Home Cemetery is a very old cemetery, with a lot of history. I will be going back there next year when it gets warm again to explore more of the area. This excerpt comes from the Friends Of Forest Home Cemetery website: “A stroll through this magnificent cemetery will reveal the gravesites of veterans of our nation’s wars from the War of 1812 to the present, as well as merchants, doctors, lawyers, politicians, teachers and preachers, the wealthy and the poor, all of whom played a role in determining … Read More…

Rainy Day On The Trails

10/12/14 – It was a rainy day to be out on the trails, but I didn’t let that stop me from heading out and enjoying the day. Temperatures were warm enough to where the rain really didn’t bother me. I set out to fish originally, and then along the way, I found much in the way of Fall foliage. Fishing took a back seat, and I decided to go documenting photos instead. There was fog on areas of the river too, which was pretty cool to see. Some of the trees were a brilliant orange, with red and yellow mixed in. Some of the trees were mostly yellow, and many still green. I snapped an assortment of images along the Fred Meijer Flat River Trail, and also a couple of images that showed the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail. One of which showing the old railroad bridge. I also found a couple of blankets along the trail, which I thought was intriguing. I have no idea what they were there for, … Read More…

Milkweed Seed Explosion, Moon at Sunset

9/26/14 – It was another day in a string of beautiful days in late September. Warm temperatures, plenty of sunshine, you just couldn’t ask for better weather. I decided to go for another bicycle ride. This time I went up the road a ways, and then onto the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail. The first thing I noticed was that the Milkweed seed pods were beginning to open and allow the seeds to escape. I passed by several of them in some shaded areas, didn’t stop for pictures. A little ways up he road though, it was a different story. I came upon an area to which it had looked like a Milkweed seed bomb went off. There were seeds EVERYWHERE! I had never seen so many so concentrated in one area like that before. Now, I knew it was a good idea to stop for pictures, and a bit of video as well. I’ve always loved Milkweed. The plants are an essential food source for Monarch Butterfly Caterpillars. The plants … Read More…

Potato Harvest, Bald Faced Hornets, and Early Fall Colors

9/23/14 – It was a beautiful day weather wise, so I decided to take my bicycle out for a ride around the area. At first, I found some nice flowers in the garden. As I rode down the road, I discovered a field which had been harvested. This was a potato field. Greenville, MI has a history in the potato farming industry. Area farmers grow potatoes for companies like Ore Ida, Frito Lay, Snyder’s and others. One of the most well known farms around these parts goes by the name of Sackett Potatoes. Since this was my first time ever actually witnessing a potato harvest, I decided to document some of it. The harvester dug up the potatoes, and then they travel up a conveyor belt, and into a truck to be hauled off to their destination at the factory for processing. I actually found some of the harvested potatoes on the roadside, so I picked up up and took they home to eat. They were delicious! You’ll see a … Read More…

A Beautiful Evening At Baldwin Lake

9/20/14 – Today was supposed to be a day of severe weather for most of the lower Michigan area, however, despite plenty of instability, shear, and other parameters in place, the severe weather remained to the south, and also east of west Michigan. Although initially rather disappointing, we did receive some beneficial rainfall from this system. Overall, the day went from mostly sunny, to rather gray, and wet. Once I decided that all of the storms would miss my area, I decided to head down to the lake to do some fishing in the rain. Fishing wasn’t very productive, so I started exploring nature a bit. In doing so, I found a frog, and a beautiful Monarch Butterfly! I’m thinking this Monarch was a female, based on how fat it was. The Monarch was down near the water, and was nearly falling in, so I picked it up and moved it, but not before getting some photos and video of this lovely insect. It’s been awhile since I handled a … Read More…

Heavy Rain and Urban Flooding

9/1/14 – With a chance of thunderstorms in the forecast for the day, and high precipitable water values across the area, I knew that if any storms developed, they would be putting down quite a bit of rain, and that is exactly what happened. I had been looking at computer models and other data in the days leading up to the storm day. I didn’t think there would be a lot in the severe weather department, at least not for my immediate area, so I decided to concentrate more on the wind and rain element of the storms. I figured a decaying line of convection would be moving toward lower Michigan during the morning hours, and a new line of storms would fire up ahead of that area of decaying convection. That is exactly what transpired. The storms took a little while to get their act together, but once they did, they packed a punch in many areas. Here’s a radar image of the storms as they moved through my … Read More…

Beautiful Storm At Sunset

8/2/14 – This was a day of distant pop up style storms, and a beautiful sunset. Below you will find a collection of photos, and also a time lapse video. I was out riding my bicycle, and nature put on a nice show for me. The storms never affected me directly, but just seeing them all lit up by the sunset like that was special enough for me. I really don’t have too much to say about the events in this particular article, so I will let the footage do the talking for me. After all, nature can say it a whole lot better than I can. Enjoy! … Read More…

Urban Flooding and Hail Event

8/1/14 – Today was a day that had low shear, but enough instability and forcing to pop up some pulse style showers and thunderstorms. There was enough CAPE to provide a hail and heavy rain risk. Normally I don’t even bother with these sorts of events, because of the random nature of the convection, but these were close enough to yield some good footage opportunities. The day started off mostly sunny, but cumulus clouds quickly filled in, and began to develop into showers and thunderstorms. The first ones popped up well to my north, and south. As the afternoon progressed however, some storms began to take shape right on top of me, and just a few miles to my west. I set out to document some hail originally, since I had been placed in a severe thunderstorm warning, mostly for a risk of large hail. As I began my trek westward into town, I got into some pea sized hail, and then the hail shifted south and the core fell … Read More…