Severe Weather, Tragedy, and Time Lapse

Pictured left is the only photo I was able to obtain of the outflow boundary as it approached. Scroll down to “Tragedy” for the reason why. SEVERE WEATHER On May 1, 2012, a Slight Risk was issued for areas of the Midwest, including the lower Great Lakes. This included a large portion of lower Michigan. The SPC kept it’s Slight Risk area over my region through day 3, 2, and finally day 1. The main threats were to be hail, and high wind, I agreed with this. On May 3, 2012, severe weather was imminent, it was just a matter of when. The majority of the thunderstorms were elevated, and being triggered in large part by the warm front. The warm front was draped across lower Michigan, and had led to thunderstorm development. Through the day, more storms developed, eventually forming a squall line. This line of storms extended from Lake Huron, all the way back to Wisconsin, but what broken in nature for most of the afternoon, this seemed … Read More…

Showers and Thunderstorms (PHOTOS + VIDEO)

Whew, it took hours to complete this blog, all the footage editing, uploading, linking, etc. Well worth it though! The image featured here is one of the absolutely most spectacular displays of Crepuscular Rays I have ever witnessed in my whole entire life. I started my day off well, planning to meet for lunch at Applebee’s with my good friend Cort Scholten. Cort’s a fellow weather nut, who studied Meteorology at CMU (Central Michigan University). He and I started chatting online in Bill’s Blog a few years ago, which is run by WOOD TV Chief Meteorologist Bill Steffen. Over the years, Cort and I have become quite good friends, like brothers really. He’s nowcasted for me on chases before as well. Of course, the day we plan lunch is the day that cumulus clouds start developing everywhere, fitting really when you think about it. Before I left the apartment I grabbed my camera, noticing the cumulus clouds trying to get their act together. Below are a few images I snapped … Read More…

Surprise Lake Breeze T-Shower (VIDEO + PHOTOS)

Pictured here is a screenshot from one of my videos of the lightning today. Since I was zooming in at the time of the strike, and these were so close together, I decided to take two screenshots, and merge them together into one image. Here is the result. First of all today I must note there was a 0% chance of thunderstorms, and less than 5% chance of rain showers. Of all the days we had chances for thunderstorms to form on a lake breeze boundary, it would figure that a couple of cells fire off on a 0% day. Michigan is continuing to try and stand out from the crowd and be different this year. Earlier today I noticed a few cumulus clouds forming, I knew they would form, I just didn’t expect them to do much, so I didn’t monitor them. Here are a couple of images of said cumulus. They really didn’t look all that impressive honestly. If we had better conditions maybe. Even with the highs … Read More…

Sun Rays and Cumulus Clouds (PHOTOS)

Over the course of past few months we have been enjoying mostly above average temperatures here in lower Michigan. The month of March 2012 has been no exception. In fact, not only are we enjoying above average temperatures, we are breaking all time records, and in some cases, simply destroying old records with ease. This is the earliest it’s ever been this warm since accurate records have been kept, which date back to the 1800s. It feels like May or June out there, hard to believe we are still in March. In fact, astronomically speaking, Spring only just began today (March 20, 2012) so when you think about it, the days we have had 60s, 70s, and 80s was during WINTER officially. With the warm air, enough moisture, and some instability, cumulus clouds can form, and they did on March 19, 2012. They weren’t real spectacular, but I dusted off the camera and snapped a few images of them. Here are the results, from Greenville, MI. Enjoy. … Read More…

October 21, 2010 – Rain Shower Chase Summary

Today began like any other here in October. Cloudy and chilly, but there was an addition. The rear flank influence of a low pressure exiting off to the east. The colder air coming across warmer lake water, coupled with the upper level support provided the atmosphere capable of producing a few scattered showers. There were even reports of snow showers in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Sleet was reported in Allendale and Ann Arbor, MI among other places with the morning batch of precipitation. On my way to Grand Rapids, MI, I took notice of the showers occurring (didn’t bring camera). Later in the morning coming back toward Kent City, MI with my Grandma, I noticed a faint rainbow to the north of Sparta, MI (kicked myself again for not bringing my camera, storm chaser and photographer Rule #1, ALWAYS bring your camera). Once we arrived home, I grabbed my camera and went directly to the field. It was cold and windy out there (only around 45F), but below in … Read More…