Bad Axe, MI Lake Enhanced Snowstorm

2/9/16 – It has been a pretty mild winter here in Michigan so far, and because of that, and the overall upper atmospheric pattern, we have had a lack of snow, with no real big snowstorms yet, at least where I live. So when the GFS and GEM computer models were indicating the possibility of a lake enhanced snowstorm for the thumb region of Michigan, I was definitely intrigued. I continued to monitor the model runs, until about 3AM on February 9th, and that’s when I pulled the trigger to travel to the thumb region to document the impending snowstorm. Google Maps said it would be about a 3 hour drive, but the weather had other ideas. Between the bad road conditions which resulted in traffic reducing speeds to around 35-40mph, and me stopping to shoot footage along the way, it ended up being a 4-5 hour drive. Below is a video of snow in and around the Saginaw, MI area, and also a collection of photos from my drive. … Read More…


Winter Came Early This Year

11/16/14 – After the snow on Halloween, we warmed back up into the 40s and 50s, but not for long. A wintry pattern set in on November 12th, and brought with it several rounds of lake effect snow and the cold air has remained entrenched over the region since. During this time, I was out shooting footage of the snowfall, and below divided into individual daily accounts, are the snowy days over the period. The snow wasn’t particularly heavy all the time, but there were times when the snowfall increased in intensity. Each account has a date, a small description, a video, and some photos. Enjoy! 11/13/14 – A snow squall developed and pressed eastward into my area, bringing with it some of the heaviest graupel type snow I have ever witnessed. The snow showers on this day were convectively enhanced, and some of which packed a good punch. This particular cell increased in intensity right on top of me, and dumped down quite a bit of precip. After the … Read More…


New Product Line: Snowflake Postage Stamps!

Hello everyone!! As many of you may know, I have been working very hard on my online store. I’ve also been editing and posting a lot of photos, and even some videos lately. Among all of the things I am doing, I am releasing a new product line of Snowflake Postage Stamps for all of you to purchase! Just in time for Christmas and the Winter season! Accent all of your mail this winter with these custom Snowflake Postage Stamps. This collection of stamps features my best snowflake macro photography from 2007 to Present. No snowflake is exactly the same as another, and the same goes for these stamps. The image at the top of this entry is the collection at a glance. Below this text are smaller versions of the stamps that you can click on to “Buy Now!” I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! Click any stamp below to be directed to my online store where you can purchase it! Want more official Charlesimages-Stormedia … Read More…


Best Snow Footage Collection | 2/23/12

This blog is dedicated to showcasing some of my best snow footage. The videos include heavy lake effect snow, a large snowflake, and more! Also in this entry, exclusive footage of the Groundhog day Blizzard of 2011! I guess it would be more appropriate to call this a vlog, instead of a blog. Enjoy! (make sure to watch videos in HD for best effect!) … Read More…


December 2, 2010 – Snowflake Macros

Snowflake Macros – Cropped, Chopped, and Photo Shopped. Thankfully I have a 12 megapixel camera, which sports both a Macro and Super Macro mode to work with, but that’s not alone how a photographer gets that snowflake shot he or she is searching for. Instead, some photoshop work must be done, unless you’re rich with tons of equipment, which I am not, so I do it the old fashion way. Perhaps one day I can afford proper equipment, macro lenses etc for such events but for now I work with what I have. A Canon PowerShot SX20 IS. It is in my opinion a phenomenal camera for a point and shoot. Of course the folks at Canon have already outdone it with the SX30 and some other models. Above are 3 of the snowflake macros from yesterday (December 1, 2010). A long duration Lake Effect Snow event which began for me around midnight last night wound up amounting to nearly 4 inches by the evening hours. First time I had … Read More…