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…


Double Trouble: Severe Storms in West Michigan

8/14/15: West Michigan – The computer models had been showing a chance of severe storms for a few days. The SPC put out a Marginal Risk over lower Michigan and Wisconsin. This would be a backyard chase for me right here in west Michigan. Early morning clouds cleared out, which gave way to plenty of sunshine, which contributed to daytime heating and instability which would set the stage for strong/severe storms in the afternoon. A cumulus field appeared and eventually developed into a cluster of multi-cell storms containing hail, some of it large, strong wind gusts, lightning and heavy rainfall. The first storm I intercepted was a hailstorm in the Greenville, MI area. This storm looked menacing as it moved in, and had lots of scud clouds along the leading edge of the gust front. Some of them looked suspicious, but I did not see rotation. There was some lightning with this, but not too much where I was. I let the storm overtake me, and I positioned north a … Read More…


Battle Creek, MI Snowstorm 2/1/15

2/1/15 – A large and powerful snowstorm affected a large portion of the United States from the Midwest, through the Great Lakes and into the Northeast. Dumping 15-20 inches of snow in a number of areas, packing strong wind gusts, and snowfall at rates of up to 1-2 inches per hour. This was a long duration heavy snow event, which resulted in lots of blowing and drifting, high snowfall accumulations, near blizzard conditions at times, motorists becoming stuck or stranded, a number of accidents and slide offs, and many schools and businesses closing down due to the conditions. One computer model stood out from the rest several days before, showing a snowstorm set to impact northern areas of the US around Feb 1-2. That model, was the GFS. Over time, the model forecasts trended northward with the snow. Many people were skeptical. I was favoring the northward trend. Then suddenly just a couple of days before the storm, the GFS forecast showed it all south of the area. Within a … Read More…


Lake Effect Snow Whiteout

11/18/14 – Another day in the wintry pattern, except this one had winds that favored more lake effect snow squalls. Some of these were very heavy, as seen here in this particular article. The day began with intermittent snow showers, but as the afternoon wore on, the lake effect snow squalls became more numerous, and started to push inland further. One of these squalls parked itself on top of me for about 20 minutes. It varied in intensity throughout it’s life span, but at it’s heaviest, this squall was dumping snow at a rate of 2 to 3 inches per hour and created whiteout conditions. At times, I couldn’t see more than 60 to 100 yards. This was some of the heaviest snow that I have ever documented. What surprised me most was the amount of motorists that didn’t have their lights on. Some of them I couldn’t even see until they were almost upon me. I was able to get some great shots during this event, and some of … Read More…


Stormy Pleasures Partners With Live Storms Media!

Hello everyone! I have an exciting announcement. Stormy Pleasures has partnered with Live Storms Media! As you may know, I have always done everything myself. From forecasting to chasing, to shooting footage, and more, including brokering. Most notably, I brokered my footage out to 60 Minutes in 2013. A big accomplishment for me. But as time has gone on, I didn’t feel as though I could handle the brokering aspect of it any longer. I knew of a few different brokering companies with decent track records. But I never really had a gut feeling about them. So I’ve sort of shopped around for a couple of years. Sent out a couple of emails to try and connect with others in the brokering world. But never really got anywhere. Over the past few months however, I had been noticing what was happening over at Live Storms Media. Seeing lots of good facebook posts about how people had made sales and such. It appeared to be a fast growing company, and I … Read More…


Introducing… StormyPleasures.com!!

Say hello to the all new Stormy Pleasures!! After 7 long years of operation with Charlesimages-Stormedia as the parent brand name, it has now been moved to a sub-brand name. Sort of how Coca Cola owns Dasani, Barq’s and so on. Stormy Pleasures will now be the parent brand name. Official Launch of Stormy Pleasures: August 1, 2013 I’m excited to bring you lots of new things with Stormy Pleasures, I hope you’re just as excited as I am. As I close the door on Charlesimages-Stormedia’s parent brand status and move it to a sub-brand, I feel somewhat relieved, and also a bit saddened. But this is definitely a new chapter that I look forward to writing in life. Reasons for Change Changing a parent brand in any form is a tough decision. Especially when you aren’t sure what you will go with, or what the public will think of it. I’ve been thinking about making some changes for about 3 years now. Let’s face it, who seriously looks forward … Read More…


Jet Streams on Jupiter (VIDEO)

This image is from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft showing the general path one of Jupiter’s jet streams. The line of V-shaped chevrons travels west to east just above Jupiter’s Great Red Spot. The majority of Jupiter is shown here in one single, flat map made on December 11 and 12, 2000, when NASA’s Cassini spacecraft flew past Jupiter, and was just released March 13, 2012. CREDIT: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute We all knew that Earth had Jet Streams, but so does Jupiter. I found a really cool and very detailed article regarding this discovery. I included an excerpt just under the video. Via LiveScience – A new video of Jupiter captures dynamic changes in the planet’s atmosphere caused by an invisible wave rippling one of the gas giant’s fast-moving jet streams. Astronomers used the new movies, which were created using images taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, to study these atmospheric interactions on Jupiter and how they compare to similar jet stream motion in Earth’s atmosphere. “This is the first time anyone has … Read More…


October 20, 2010 – Spotlight Article in Fort Worth Examiner!

Click Here to read full article. On October 19, 2010, a good friend of mine, Robert Bordonaro: Fort Worth Weather Examiner, and also #1 read Fort Worth Examiner contacted me through facebook to let me know he had ideas for an article about storm chasing highlighting a storm chaser and their organization. That storm chaser was me. I was honored & thankful to be chosen for this project. Robert and I began working on the article though email contact from there on. We worked into the late night to get this finished. I provided all the information he needed. Photos, video, typed up my Bio and About sections regarding Charlesimages-Stormedia. After a few hours and a lot of hard work, it was finished. I have to say Robert did a wonderful job with this. He’s a great guy, and writes/presents his articles very well! You can Click Here for a great slideshow he put together of some of my best photo footage. Stop by his page for some more great … Read More…