Convective Snow Showers

2/12/16 – This was a day that really gave me the storm chasing itch, but the thing is, these weren’t thunderstorms. They were heavy snow showers. Steep lapse rates, coupled with other favorable upper level support, sunshine, and lake effect influence created the perfect setup for intense convective snow showers. Some of these looked like pop up thunderstorms almost, taking on anvil shapes, and bubbling updrafts. I started the day near Greenville, MI, snapping off a couple of shots in a field of the snow showers, then headed west toward Rockford, MI on M-57. I staged around M-57 and US 131. I began documenting some of the heavier snow showers as they raced through the area. Some of these created some whiteout conditions in a hurry, and slowed traffic down and caused some backups too on US 131. Below is a video of the snow in the Rockford area, and also photos from Greenville and Rockford. After that batch of snow showers, I drove over to Belding, MI to intercept … Read More…


Summer “Pop Up” Storms 8/10/15

8/10/15 – This was a warm and humid day, and there was some instability around. That usually leads to what’s commonly called “pop up” or “popcorn” convection. These types of pulse showers and storms can be isolated, scattered, or numerous, depending on the given conditions at the time. These were of the isolated variety. A few showers and storms had developed off to the north and northeast, and they produced outflow boundaries which touched off a few more storms as the afternoon and evening progressed. These were quite photogenic, and I ventured out on my bicycle to have a look around. I snapped lots of photos, but picked the best ones, or the most interesting ones for this article. I saw several cumulus and cumulonimbus towers, and was also treated to a beautiful sunset. In one of the sunset photo, you can see a cluster of sunspots on the lower right of the solar disk. I encountered a small Rabbit on the way to the fields, it wasn’t scared of … Read More…


Strong Thunderstorm – Rockford, MI 6/8/15

After missing out on storms all day, I took a chance on a small rain shower with associated outflow boundary in the evening. This was part of a failed attempt that a storm made, trying to cross Lake Michigan. We were under the influence of a “lake shadow” most of the day. This also meant that our atmosphere hand’t been worked over by any convection, and there was still some instability around. I was on my way westward to pick up a boat I found on Craigslist for fishing, and on my way there, this once small shower, turned into a full fledged thunderstorm. Though this storm never became severe, it was still a strong storm, packing strong wind gusts, small hail, heavy rainfall and lightning. The structure wasn’t half bad either! A nice treat for a day when I thought I wasn’t going to see anything. This storm quickly died after sunset. I chased it south a few miles into the Rockford, MI area. It was moving pretty fast, … Read More…


The Golden Hour

9/22/14 – The Golden Hour. What is this I speak of? It is a magical time of the evening, when the sun dips low in the western sky, and the light begins to look “golden”, and everything the sun is shining on, begins to look as if it has been splashed with gold. That is what “The Golden Hour” is. This is one of my most favorite times to do photography. Everything just has a certain special glow to it. Not only that, but the sun being so low in the sky also has many benefits for incorporating it into the shots. I’ve always loved The Golden Hour, even when I was a little kid, and I didn’t even think about photography. It’s always been a favorite time for me. This evening, I decided to go for a bike ride. I love cycling, and when you’re on a bicycle, you really get to take nature in for all it is. Even if that means getting a bug in the eye, … Read More…


Sun Rays and Cumulus Clouds (PHOTOS)

Over the course of past few months we have been enjoying mostly above average temperatures here in lower Michigan. The month of March 2012 has been no exception. In fact, not only are we enjoying above average temperatures, we are breaking all time records, and in some cases, simply destroying old records with ease. This is the earliest it’s ever been this warm since accurate records have been kept, which date back to the 1800s. It feels like May or June out there, hard to believe we are still in March. In fact, astronomically speaking, Spring only just began today (March 20, 2012) so when you think about it, the days we have had 60s, 70s, and 80s was during WINTER officially. With the warm air, enough moisture, and some instability, cumulus clouds can form, and they did on March 19, 2012. They weren’t real spectacular, but I dusted off the camera and snapped a few images of them. Here are the results, from Greenville, MI. Enjoy. … Read More…