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…

January 8, 2011 – Snow Streaks and Lake Effect

Click above images for full view. Today was interesting weather wise. Check out the MODIS images. The left image shows the dominant Lake Effect Snow band over Lake Michigan that has simply pounded northern Indiana, giving some areas over 2 FEET of snow. Click Here for a story from WNDU. Some areas of Michigan received heavy snow as well. Click Here for an ongoing snow total thread from Bill Steffen. We can also count this as a rare sunny day from West Michigan, across Central Michigan, all the way to East Michigan, thanks to the northerly wind direction, the lake effect clouds and snow stayed over Lake Michigan and points southward. Shifting gears to the right image. This shows a closer view of what are referred to as “mesoscale snow streaks”. Now these have happened before, Click Here for a blog entry from a previous event from CIMSS. These streaks are caused by heavier snow bursts within the main snow bands, and can also be caused by lake effect bands. … Read More…