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…


The Robins Have Arrived

The Robins Have Arrived! It has been a long winter indeed here in Michigan, but the Robins and other springtime birds are arriving in full force. I have been fortunate to be in a location that seems to be a bit of a hot spot for Robin activity. Since much of the ground is still frozen for the most part (though that changes this week) worms are few and far between. However, the Robins have been feasting primarily on Crabapples. We have several Crabapple trees on the property, and they produced a bumper crop of Crabapples last Autumn. So many in fact, that the trees were weighted down by the extensive volume of the fruit! Even though I saw a few Robins in both January, and February, the largest number of them have been spotted within the last week or two of March. The American Robin is Michigan’s state bird. You can read all about the American Robin by Clicking Here. For many years, Robin sightings have meant the arrival … Read More…