Thursday, March 30, 2017

A relaxing day in Buffalo River State Park

After a pretty stressful month, not just watching what happened earlier this week, but just a very busy month with the end of hockey and everything else, I took the day off and went hiking at the Buffalo River State Park and brought along my camera.

I was hoping for more wildlife today, maybe see some deer, but they all appeared to be hiding.  Instead, I had a couple of Robins who followed me around a good portion of my hike today!

Nice little bend in the Buffalo River.  No ice on the river.  

Here's two of the robins which were following me around. 

I could hear them long before I could see them!  

I love listening to the running water.  I stood here for probably 10 minutes just watching and listening to the water run. 

Two Robins, caught mid-fight.  

I think this little guy followed me around for about 45 minutes.  He was always right behind me.  Every once in a while I'd hear a chirp out of him, but he just kept a close eye on me.

Still watching me. 
 As I was getting ready to leave, I could hear some more geese honking away on a section of river.  I made my way down the trail to where I thought they would be, and they just hung out for a little while, and then took off.

My camera wasn't quite on the right setting for today, with the sun being almost directly overhead, so it made for a difficult shot.

Overall, a very enjoyable spring day!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Norman County MN / Clay County, July 7th, 2016

So today was a day we didn't really expect much to happen, as can be seen by the 20z (3pm) Outlook from the SPC.
20160707 2000 UTC Day 1 Outlook Graphic
20160707 2000 UTC Day 1 Outlook Graphic

Now, for the actual storm reports, things were a little different.

160707_rpts Filtered Reports Graphic
160707_rpts Filtered Reports Graphic
Days like this happen.  It happened also to happen while I was taking some much needed time off out in lakes country.  Well, no rest for the wicked, as it was pile into the truck, and off we went!

Since I didn't have most of my storm chasing gear with me not all of my photos were able to turn out the way I wanted.  Normally when I'm chasing I have multiple cameras with me and a ton of other gear.  This chase was fairly simple, laptop, couple of cameras, and a bottle of water.  The downside is, I don't have the GPS geotagging for all the photos, so it'll be a rough guess as to where I was at.  However, it also was one of my more enjoyable chases of the year!

Let's get straight to the pictures!
Nice blocky wall cloud here.  No rotation. 


More shelfy!

This is an awesome look at the feeder band.

Bob's road.

Rain foot!

Nice panoramic!

Now, we are in the middle of winter, with cold, cold temps around.  Just the other day, this is what I saw as I went to bed. 

At least the days are getting longer, and before you know it, we'll all be out enjoying our fine summers here in the valley! 

Until then, stay warm!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Severe Storms in Wilkin, Richland, Cass, and Otter Tail Counties - August 27th, 2016

One thing I can be bad at time is making sure I keep my blog updated with latest pictures.  I have a TON of pictures from this summer of chasing, and as I look at the photos on my phone, iPad, computer, and multiple cameras I am going to have some major work to do getting everything updated.

Firstly though, over the last two days we have seen a significant outbreak of severe weather - tornadoes in the Red River Valley on back to back days almost over the same area.  It's been a while since I have seen this.  Saturday though, we really weren't expecting anything - we weren't even under a slight risk of severe weather that morning, so my plans were to spend it with friends and family out in lakes country and I brought my laptop with me...just in case.  Kind of glad I did.

While I did miss the tornadoes up in Hillsboro, I was still treated to quite the spectacle of Mother Nature!

This is one of the first cells we came on.  Nice little wall cloud - non-rotating at first somewhere in rural Wilkin County.

We watched this for quite a while and it kept cycling.  One wall cloud would fall apart - another would take it's place.  It even produced a funnel at one point - check out my video at!

Now, one of the things I neglected to mention is that I was using my backup DSLR today.  Normally I'm shooting on a higher end Nikon with multiple lenses.  Today, since I only grabbed my 'emergency go bag' I was limited to an 18-55mm lense on my trusty and reliable D60.  I don't like how it does some of the colors, but it works.

Rainbow near Orwell Dam
We watched this cell rotate, then fall apart.  It did this multiple times until finally falling totally apart near Dalton.  We also ran into an old friend - Aaron, whom I haven't seen in probably 3 years.  Amazing what happens when you run into someone on a random dirt road!

Then, do we try and go after the cells coming out of Norman County.  We still had plenty of daylight, so off we went!

Here, we were treated with a very nice rotating wall cloud which at times, looked like it might try to produce something.

We ended up calling into the station and letting them know what was going on.

What a pretty storm!
This cell near Audubon kept rotating and was really trying at some point to get some action going, but as we started to lose the heating of the day, it too then started to fade.  However, we were still treated with quite the shot of some mammatus!

I'm going to just let the next set of photos speak for their own.

What a nice day for chasing!

Now, the 28th of August on the other hand.....quite the day.....

Here's a sneak peek...