Winds gusting near 50 miles per hour around the Douglas County, Minnesota area today it made for hazardous travel conditions. Footage shot around the city of Alexandria, MN on Interstate 94 of the high winds and white out conditions that caused numerous accidents. The interstate was shut down for most of the afternoon as crews worked to clear out several Jack Knifed Semi Trucks and cars that went into the ditches.
Snow fell over the Minneapolis, MN area on the eve of the latest Blizzard that is forecast to hit the western part of the state on Thursday.
Various scenes from around Minneapolis, MN with additional footage starting at the 2:51 time code of a Jack Knifed Semi Truck in Avon, MN.
Clip 1 Skyline shot of Minneapolis with haze and snow obscuring the scene.
Clip 2-3 Driving on Interstate 94 with blowing snow.
Clip 3 Woman walking on Hennepin Avenue looking cold with her face covered.
Clip 4 Woman covering here face in the cold wind on Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis, MN
Clip 5 Street lights on Hennepin Avenue with snow falling.
Clip 6 Police officer directing traffic from a parking garage is ready for the cold with barely any skin exposed except for his eyes and lips.
Clip 7 Woman waiting to cross the street wearing a parka.
Clip 8 Woman wrapped up to avoid the cold.
Clip 9 Woman walking in the cold.
Clip 10 Man walking across 6th street in the cold weather looking cold.
Clip 11 Man walking along 6th street in the cold and his face is covered.
Clip 12 Low traffic shot with the snow on Hennepin Avenue.
Clip 13 Group of people walking across Hennepin Avenue.
Clip 14 Low traffic shot with the snow and someone rides past on a bicycle.
Clip 15 Woman walking in the cold with a Parka
Clip 16 Woman walking looking cold on Hennepin Avenue.
Clip 17 - 18 Snow plow on Interstate 35W kicking up sparks from the blade while dumping salt on the roadway to clear the latest round of snow.
Extra footage from Avon Minnesota starting at TC 02;51;01
Clip 19 POV drive by shot of Minnesota State Trooper putting flares down on the ground and drive by a jack knifed semi truck in the ditch.
Clip 20 Big rig tow truck drives on the scene. Pan shot of the truck moving in and pans to wreck.
Clip 21 - 22 Tight and medium shots of the jack knifed semi truck.
Clip 23 State trooper squad car on the road behind the wreck.
Clip 24 POV drive by shot in the east bound lanes of the wreck.
The other day I did a video from the back yard here in Minnesota.
With the prolonged extreme cold temperatures in the Upper Midwest, and double digit negative highs for most of Minnesota, here is an extreme cold example for vehicles that do not have strong enough Anti-Freeze in their cooling system.
The antifreeze used in this video was from a vehicle that was purchased from Kansas and was not winterized for the extreme Minnesota winters.
Clip 1 Showing current temp of -23F
Clip 2 Look live shot describing how cold it is and the anti-freeze
Clip 3 Setting up the freezing shot anti-freeze shot
Clip 4 A thirty minute time lapse in 9 seconds
Clip 5 Exit out of time lapse to show the frozen Anti-freeze
Clip 6 Look Live shot explaining what just happened to the Antifreeze
Clip 7 Truck that has it's block heater plugged and starting the engine which sounds rough
Clip 8 Exhaust from a tail pipe in the -20s temps
Clip 9 Blooper, never drink out of a glass bottle in -22 temps, you will freeze your lips.
With more extreme cold and wind chill values dropping down into the minus 50F range tonight, the extreme cold is starting to get old for the upper midwest.
Clip 1 Dressed in what looks like a space suit, I open the door to the outside air and the clash of air from inside and outside creates fog in the doorway.
Clip 2 In the truck, the outside air temp reads -24F
Clip 3 Look Live shot talking about the cold and making icecubes
Clip 4 Timelapse of water that was 80F freezing solid in the -23F temps at the Saint Cloud Airport. Time lapse is about 20 minutes in 8 seconds.
Clip 5 Look live shot holding up the ice cube tray and the ice cubes.
Clip 6 Outside temp reading showing -27
Clip 7-8 Flags blowing in the wind.
Clip 9 Outside air temp showing -28F
Clip 10 Flag blowing in the wind.
I was out playing around in the cold this morning.
With the start of the next arctic blast to the upper Midwest, the temps have started to drop well below zero. Shot in Saint Cloud, MN which is the far northwest suburb of the Twin Cities metro area, the temperatures have dropped rapidly after midnight to the double digit below zero range.
B-Roll package includes time lapse of a breakfast of Steak, Bacon and Eggs freezing solid in under 9 minutes along with clips of signs showing the current temp at -12F.
Clip 1 Standup shot in front of the camera explaining the setup of the timelapse shot to document freezing the food.
Clip 2, Setting up the food to be frozen and timelapse of 9 minutes to show the food freezing.
Clip 3 Standup shot explaining the freezing of the food and if you have to be out today that you need to dress warm.
Clip 4 Sign showing it is -12F below
Clip 5 Sign showing that the temp is -12F below zero.
Clip 6 Large flag at 25th and Division blowing in the wind.
Clip 7 Traffic on Division
Clip 8 People walking in downtown Saint Cloud looking cold.
Clip 9 Two women walking in the cold and not dressed for the temps and they are freezing.
BRRRRRRRR, at sunrise this morning it was pretty freaking cold. The official report from the airport as -42F with outlying areas a few degree's colder.
I did find out the the Jeep temperature sensor bottoms out at -40F.
Now I'm heading home to get cleaned up then to head down to Minneapolis to see my Dad in the hospital.
Trying to keep my New Years Resolution about updating my personal blog and site as much as I do the Facebook and Twitter feed, here is the footage I just shot in northern Minnesota in the city of International Falls, MN.
Im on assignment up here after getting a request to come up here and document the cold temps.
Happy New Year
Happy New Year from downtown Saint Cloud, MN with fireworks over Lake George.
2013 was a great year in some ways but it also sucked big time in other ways.
For 2014 I am not planning on working out and getting into shape, that was 2013's plan and I can now say I can bench more then my body weight and squat twice my weight.
No, 2014 is about business. I have a lot of plans for the business in 2014 that were started in 2013 and are finally coming together. It is going to be an exciting year.
Also my new years resolution is simple. Just update this site about as often as I update my Facebook Fan Page. Wow, I let this page go for about 2 months again. Time to start with the back dated updates.
Another video blog and another week back at the gym.
Last night was another great aurora or Northern Lights event. We were just north of Saint Cloud, MN when the Auroras kicked in before midnight.
And now at the gym. I'm still hitting the gym and its showing some major results.
Here is a photo of me yesterday working out at the gym on a leg day. Yes, that is 1,000 pounds on the sled. No artificial enhancements for working out, just vitamins and protein, fueled with some haters and hard work. A few more months and I should have the last of the body fat off me.