Huge Wreck on US 131, Lake Effect Snow, Grand Haven Lighthouse Waves

12/18/15 – This was a day for lake effect snow. The models had been showing it, so I set out with my friend Cort Scholten to document the event. We expected it to be a good day for weather. We met up at a carpool lot and then took his car down to the Lake Michigan shoreline. The snow was struggling to get going strong, so we decided to head down to Grand Haven and enjoy some of the wave action along the lighthouse pier. Below is a video and a collection of images from our time at Grand Haven, MI. This is one of Michigan’s best lighthouses, so photogenic! A must see if you’re visiting Michigan. We also found some cool frozen sand formations along the beach called “Hoodoos”. They’re pretty cool! The waves were pretty turbulent also. After that, we drove down to Holland, where the lake effect snow was beginning to get it’s act together. Some heavier snow showers began to move off of the big lake. … Read More…


Extreme Lake Effect Snow Intercept | 1/2/12

Pictured left is a parking lot full of vehicles at Meijer in Holland, MI (click for larger). The closest vehicle is a Ford F-150, which was only about 50 feet or so away from my photographing locale in my own truck. Talk about heavy snow! Visibility was under 300 yards at times in the main band. For this chase I planned ahead. I was living in Morley, MI at the time (between Big Rapids, MI and Howard City, MI) and I knew there was going to be potential for heavy snow to usher in the new year. I followed the forecast models and upper atmospheric patterns carefully as I planned for a potential snow chase. Now, I won’t just chase anything, especially when it’s about 60 miles to drive one way. But I just knew that with the relatively warmer waters of Lake Michigan (lower 40F range), the dynamics of the low pressure system that was going to move through, and the cold air and wind it would bring in … Read More…