Sunday, March 28, 2010
On a different note, it looks like I will be chasing on Friday. The forecast models continue to show what appears to be the best "chase day" scenario for Friday, April 2nd. Its still a little far off, so I have not narrowed down a target area yet. Check back for updates.
As always, Thank you for the support.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
A strong storm system was going to make its way through our forecast area and bring with it a chance for thunderstorms. The NWS was calling for a winter storm to move through the next day. A potent cold front was the trigger for thunderstorm development. The SPC (Storm Prediction Center) was not saying much as far as a severe weather episode, but despite MUCAPE values of 500 J/kg, and weak moisture return 50 DPs. There was still an isolated supercell or two. I left work around 6:00pm and headed for Waurika, OK where some cumulus towers were beginning to build. Its a good thing I went because I intercepted a photogenic supercell just outside of Comanche, OK. The velocity scans only showed a broad area of rotation, however I was able to photograph a nice mesocyclone and rotating wall cloud. I saw a few funnels while driving and unfortunately was unable to photograph them.
Thanks for the support!
Structure! The new meso starts to rotate rapidly. Now a rotating wall cloud is visible.
Beautiful! Great structure and wall cloud. The light is fading pretty quickly and I don't have much time left.
This storm starts to occlude (again) and the wall cloud tightens up and forms a very convincing funnel. Which I am unable to capture because I was driving.
Cold front catches up and all the storms start to form into a line.
This is the last of the structure. Mesocyclone and beaver tail. After I take this photo the storm turns into a squall line.
Not to shabby for my first chase of 2010. Special thanks to Jason Brock for nowcasting.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Incoming Swainson's Hawk!
He banked into some better light and I was able to capture him flying in front of us.
A Vesper Sparrow flies into the grass right in front of us. *Thanks to the Hackberry Flats Information Center staff for help on the identification*
After this photo this little sparrow decided we had photographed him enough.
After the Hackberry Flats trip we went into Fredrick, OK for lunch and on our way back we stopped at a few old houses to photograph them.
#1: Rusty blades from a field plow resting in the front yard of an abandoned home.
#2: An old barn sitting in an empty field
Close up of the shed's rust. Nice texture.
This is looking through a hole in the wall. The light hit this just right to create these great shadows.
A wider shot of the shed and a small weed that popped out of the field.
#3: Another old structure. This was a barn at the Primitive Camping area in the Hackberry Flats Wildlife Management Area.
I love the colors of the rust on these nails.
This shot actually looks a little spooky
This nail has a lot of texture and the curves of the nail is what inspired me to take this shot.
#4: This was outside of US 70. Even though the sign says "No Trespassing" it didn't stop the Red River Photography Club.
After the old barn/houses shoot we drove back home, but there was one other place we had to stop.
What? Camels in Western North, TX? Yep, there is a small group outside on US 287 S. And of course we had to stop and take some photos.
A member of the RRPC gets a nice close up of a very friendly camel.
One of the camels came very close to me and I captured this with my 17-50mm lens.
Now that is a sneer!
All in all an excellent field trip. Next month we are planning to make a trip to the Wichita Mountains.
Friday, March 12, 2010
The SPC day 1 Thunderstorm Outlook. "SLGT" indicates a slight risk of severe thunderstorms.
Storms begin to form and start to move to the NE at 45mph.
Ominous Enough for you? Right after this photo I got soaked in sheets of heavy rain. This storm is moving so fast that I can only chase the tail end of the gustfront.
I catch up on my way to Henrietta and get caught in the core again. This time it dropped heavier rain and a few stones of pea sized hail. The winds were also pretty strong with a max gust of 48mph.
Unfortunately, I had return back to work but before I walked in I was greeted with this scene of mammatus clouds.
If only I had the day off. Later on that day a low topped supercell formed over Western OK and dropped and EF-2 tornado in Hammon, OK. Looking forward to the new season.
- I am 25 years old and I have been a photographer for 11 years now. I love nothing more than taking my camera out on a photo shoot with me. I mainly focus on nature photography.That is where my passion is. I love looking at all of God's wonderful creations and capturing them in the photographic medium. I have won awards and have received special recognition for my photography. It is my calling and my passion!