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…


2014 Storm Chasing Highlights

2014 was a really interesting year in regards to storm chasing for me. There were a number of firsts. Initially I wasn’t going to do much chasing, and concentrate on other things such as Fishing Pleasures, and a few other projects. Throughout the year, I did get out to experience a number of great weather events though. The year was off to a slow start, not much happening in March. Just cold and boring. By the time April rolled around though, some truly awesome weather events took place. April 12th was one of the coolest chase days I can ever remember for me here in Michigan. Intercepted 2 very photogenic storm cells, saw accumulating hail, and beautifully structured storms coming over the fields. I was able to get some nice time lapses. This was also the first time I ever saw hail accumulate to such an extent here in Michigan. In late April I went against my initial plans of not leaving my home state, to join some friends on … Read More…


7/11/11 – Derecho Double

Above images are from two separate Derecho events in Michigan on the morning of July 11, 2011. Left image is of Derecho number two in Kentwood, MI. That’s me with Black Beauty underneath a massive Shelf Cloud. The second image is of an awesome lightning strike I captured on video (which is included in this entry below) The photo is a video cut of that strike. Let me start by saying I was woke up by the first Derecho, I had no time to position, so I “porch chased” which was perfectly good considering some of the strongest winds and frequent lightning were in the Kent City, MI area. The wind picked up almost immediately, as seen in the video below. The second Derecho that was plowing eastward at 70mph I drove south for. Unfortunately my time lapse plans were blown when I encountered a bunch of slow traffic, construction, and red lights on M-37 heading toward the airport. That totally killed my chances at an awesome time lapse. Although … Read More…