Snow Videos: Heavy Lake Effect Snow + Snow in Super Slow Motion

Here are a couple of videos from February 3, 2013 of Lake Effect Snow that I recorded. The first video shows heavy lake effect snow. I recorded the first video in 1080p HD, so be sure to watch in HD for best experience. The second video is the first ever super slow motion snow video I have ever shot. This video is just a test, so it isn’t the best quality. Plus, when recording in super slow motion, my camera shoots at 200fps (frames per second) and records at 320p. So the video is very small. I will continue testing with the super slow motion video, and also the slow motion video, just to see what I can come up with. Enjoy the videos! … Read More…


Storm Chasing 2012 – The Best Chases

Today is December 31st, the last day of 2012. For some it was a good year, for others it was a bad year. For me, it was a mix of both. This year wasn’t friendly to all storm chasers. The nationwide drought situation played a huge role in the lack of storms in the United States. One thing we didn’t have a shortage of, was heat, and dry air. It was extremely difficult if you were a chaser to get footage of tornadoes this year. I mean certainly, many chasers did intercept tornadoes this year, but overall, it was a lackluster year. That’s great for the general public, but sucks for a storm chaser. This year I was able to do a proper US plains tour through tornado alley, thanks to my friend, and chase partner, Michael Phelps of stormscapelive.tv, my sponsor Mike Curtis of Farm Bureau Insurance, and all of my friends and fans who have donated to me over this past year. This tour took us everywhere from … Read More…


Light Snow Event 12/8/12

We had some light snow in areas of Michigan on December 8, 2012. This is only the second light snow event for the winter season so far. The first snow was back on November 25, 2012. After about 4 days of tracking a low pressure system on the computer models, I decided on a forecast of 1-3 inches of snow at best for my area, and areas nearby. My forecast definitely verified although I was skeptical. I ended up with 2.3 inches (final official average measurement result) and surrounding areas ranged between about an inch to 2 inches. South of I-96 had mostly rain or a rain/snow mix, and little to no snow accumulation. The precipitation began as snow here in Greenville, MI and stayed snow throughout the event. ( … 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…


First Accumulating Snow!

At around 2:00AM EST in Greenville, MI we had our first accumulating snow of the 2012-2013 Winter season! I had been monitoring the potential for snow a couple of days prior. The computer models showed a clipper system coming out of Canada, moving ESE toward Michigan. The WRF had a pretty good handle on what this clipper was going to do. I waited all night, watching the radar, and sure enough, light snow began to steadily overspread the area. One batch of heavier snow 26dbz to 32dbz developed right on top of me and gave me some heavier snow showers to get video and pictures of. This is also the first real snow test for my Canon PowerShot SX40 HS digital camera. So I was quick to take advantage of this opportunity. I snapped 3 or 4 images of the snow, and recorded a couple of short video clips. I didn’t have the best lighting possible, but I’d say this first test was a successful one! Below are images of … Read More…


Snowing in April (VIDEO + PHOTOS)

Pictured left is a car driving in some heavy snow in Greenville, MI on April 10, 2012. Now you might be wondering, how it could be snowing in April after nearly reaching 90 degrees during a string of days in March with highs that reached well into the 80s. A simplistic answer would be “Well, this is Michigan. Wait 10 minutes and it will change.” But the more specific and correct answer lies within the current weather pattern. A decent low pressure system has been sort of cut off over eastern Canada, we have been on the south and west side of this feature, and low pressures rotate counter clockwise. So being on the backside of a low, usually brings down cold air from Canada, and that’s what has been occurring over the course of the last few days. Check out this Quicktime Movie from the GOES Project Science page showing the cut off low. Today was among the coldest of the past few, with snow showers developing, some heavy … Read More…


Extreme Lake Effect Snow Intercept | 1/2/12

Pictured left is a parking lot full of vehicles at Meijer in Holland, MI (click for larger). The closest vehicle is a Ford F-150, which was only about 50 feet or so away from my photographing locale in my own truck. Talk about heavy snow! Visibility was under 300 yards at times in the main band. For this chase I planned ahead. I was living in Morley, MI at the time (between Big Rapids, MI and Howard City, MI) and I knew there was going to be potential for heavy snow to usher in the new year. I followed the forecast models and upper atmospheric patterns carefully as I planned for a potential snow chase. Now, I won’t just chase anything, especially when it’s about 60 miles to drive one way. But I just knew that with the relatively warmer waters of Lake Michigan (lower 40F range), the dynamics of the low pressure system that was going to move through, and the cold air and wind it would bring in … Read More…


October 19, 2010 – 4 Seasons of Trenton Ave.

Pictured to the left are 4 photos I took in the year 2008 as a photography project on a road called Trenton Ave. I used to often ride my bicycle down this road, where I would always stop at this very spot just to sit & think, to take nature in. Michigan is a great state for old dirt roads in the woods where you can just relax. This road located outside & NW of the city of Cedar Springs, MI runs from 19 mile rd to 22 mile rd. This particular stretch featured in the stitched photo above was located about a half mile north of 20 mile rd. looking south. (click above photo for full view) Click Here to see Trenton Ave on Google Maps. Click here for a street view looking south. the city of Cedar Springs is most well know for it’s annual Red Flannel Festival. But there is a lot of beauty in nature around the area if you ever get a chance to explore … Read More…


December 4, 2009 – Lake Effect Snowstorm

A 4WD Ford Explorer powers through 7-8 inches of snow. This was a very heavy lake effect event. The first really big snow event of the 2009-2010 season. Points southward of my locale had up to, and in excess of 12 inches. It stuck to everything as you will see in the photo slideshow below. I stayed awake all night and into the next day monitoring the snow, and making sure I’d be up and ready to go document the event. You can Click Here for a snowfall total map from the Grand Rapids National Weather Service. As you can see from This Radar Loop, it was a long duration lake effect event, enhanced by some upper level energy. These events are actually pretty common here in Michigan happening unusually once or twice per winter. But normally the heavier lake effect bands set up oriented from north to south, or northwest to southeast. … Read More…