Summer “Pop Up” Storms 8/10/15

8/10/15 – This was a warm and humid day, and there was some instability around. That usually leads to what’s commonly called “pop up” or “popcorn” convection. These types of pulse showers and storms can be isolated, scattered, or numerous, depending on the given conditions at the time. These were of the isolated variety. A few showers and storms had developed off to the north and northeast, and they produced outflow boundaries which touched off a few more storms as the afternoon and evening progressed. These were quite photogenic, and I ventured out on my bicycle to have a look around. I snapped lots of photos, but picked the best ones, or the most interesting ones for this article. I saw several cumulus and cumulonimbus towers, and was also treated to a beautiful sunset. In one of the sunset photo, you can see a cluster of sunspots on the lower right of the solar disk. I encountered a small Rabbit on the way to the fields, it wasn’t scared of … 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…