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9/18/2014 Tropical Storm Odile Flash Flooding in Southeast Arizona.

Just doing a recap the chase trip of what was the remains Hurricane Odile that  moved into southeastern Arizona this afternoon and caused flooding in several communities.   Knowing the area after chasing down here a few times now and learning the data holes, I was able to pull a rabit out of the hat and actually get to see the effects of the flooding.

I was also able to get some Infrared photography in at 5000 feet above sea level with the cloud deck right on top of me.

Back in Phoenix, AZ for the next system.

Yes, I headed back to Phoenix, AZ to cover what could be Tropical Storm Odile with the core fo the storm making its US boarder crossing tomorrow. 

Based on the forecast models and experience chasing, this system look's like it will have a major impact on the region and my main concern what the moisture from the Sea of Cortez and Gulf of California will have on it. 

Quick trip to Kansas City today for work

After several years of doing the 14 hour round trip drive, today I just said no more and spent a few extra bucks from what I would have paid in fuel to just fly down to Kansas City. 

Major flooding drops record rainfall in Phoenix, AZ from Hurricane Norbert.

Wow, today was an insane with the record amount of flooding that hit the Phoenix, AZ area.  After checking out the area south of Phoenix with Ben yesterday and watching some intense dust devils, the storms finally moved into the Phoenix region and all I can say is wow, the forecast was spot on and the rain fall was dramatic.

In Phoenix, AZ to cover the flooding and got a massive dust storm.

Today I'm in Phoenix, AZ to cover what could be a massive flooding event in the next couple of days from Hurricane Norbert.  As soon as I got settled into the area, the fun started with a Haboob that was massive. 

Amazing flooding from record rain fall in Saint Cloud, MN.

What a crazy day for me where I did not have to go far to shoot any footage, just down the block from my office.  

Saint Cloud, MN set the daily record for the most rain fall in a single day and the day is not over yet. With over two inches of rain falling, many area's around central Minnesota are starting to flood.

Phoenix Trip Cluster... Avoid Eddy's Jeep in Wichita, KS

This month has been a roller coaster ride.  With a new TV project in the work's for a series about storm chasing and the business of chasing, it has added on to the workload of an already busy year.

Infrared Photography

For years I have been wanting to destroy a perfectly good brand new camera to modify it to shoot in full spectrum.  To shoot in "Full Spectrum" means that I needed to modify the camera to remove the internal filters that removed the Infrared (IR) and Ultra Violet (UV) filters.  Then I need to put new filters on the camera lens to block out all the light except IR or UV.  Thus, no visible light is able to pass through the camera and only the IR or UV light waves will touch the sensor.

7/14/2014 Minneapolis, MN Cold Temps B-Roll


Unseasonably cold weather blankets the midwest today with lunch time temps in the Twin Cities only in the Upper 50s with highs in the lower 60s for the day.  It feels more like an Early October day then the middle of July.

Footage shot around Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, MN.

Clip 1 Skyline shot over the water from Lake Calhoun

7/9/2014 Infrared Lightning Photography test run

I finally did it, I took a perfectly good brand new HDSLR camera and hacked it for use in the full spectrum photography.  I'm been wanting to do this for a while now and now to document storms in the Near Infrared and Ultra Violet light.

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