Severe Storms 8/2/15

8/2/15 – This was a day I had been waiting for. Finally, a really good chance of storms in lower Michigan. The computer forecast models all showed convection overspreading the region all day long, and congealing into a big squall line, then sagging south. That is exactly what happened. The day started off quiet in southern lower Michigan, but off to the north, things were already rocking. Strong to severe storms were already pounding the region with intense wind gusts, heavy rain, large hail and lightning. This activity would be what I waited patiently for as it moved down in my direction. There wasn’t much planning that went into this chase. It was pretty much just pick a spot along the advancing squall line, and hope for the best. I watched the storms for hours, and then I finally took off to the west to intercept a stronger part of the MCS (Mesoscale Convective System). On the way, I was treated to some glimpses of a very nice shelf cloud … Read More…


Low Topped Supercells 5/26/15

This was an interesting day. The dynamics were in place for storms to go into a supercellular mode if they developed, but the overall instability was mitigated a bit by cloudiness in the morning, followed by more cloudiness and approaching showers in the afternoon hours. Despite the limited instability, the atmosphere still put on a show with supercells. These supercells were low topped, and some of them didn’t even contain any lightning. I watched one small shower which developed to my south, and moved NNE toward my location. I tracked it up through Greenville, MI and all the way north to just south of Lakeview, MI. I abandoned it after I saw that it wasn’t going to get the job done. During the chase though, it did produce quite a few nice scenes. The initial wall cloud was flat on the bottom, but soon, it began bringing in some scud clouds, and an appendage appeared beneath the wall cloud. Many claim this was a funnel cloud, this was not the … Read More…


Large Hail and Severe Wind 5/20/13

The first day home after my plains chase weekend, there was a Slight Risk for severe weather posted up for areas of lower Michigan by the SPC (Storm Prediction Center). All of the ingredients were in place for thunderstorm development. It was only a matter of time before storms fired off. I waited until the afternoon hours, and one storm fired up in Muskegon, and it was on from there as an entire line of storms began developing. The line had individual cells embedded within it, and a few of those showed brief rotation as they merged and congealed into an MCS (Mesoscale Convective System). Some of the cells attempted to stay more discrete, but eventually were absorbed into the MCS. It wasn’t long and my target storm became severe warned for severe wind gusts and large hail (radar indicated). I got into position for an intercept. I witnessed a shelf cloud, and also a curious appendage hanging down below one of the individual thunderstorm updrafts within the cell merger. … 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…


Cold Front Passage on GRLevel3 | 2/10/12

I captured this series of images while viewing GRLevel3 (a product of GRLevelX). I put them into a video animation. It is showing a cold front dropping through (and enhancing) snow. The first set of images is the base reflectivity, the second set is the base velocity. I highlight where the front is in the video. Look for the line dropping southeastward, pretty cool stuff! … Read More…