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10/9/2013 Auroras and working out.

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.



Wrapping up the blizzard chase in Wall, SD.

Wow, yes I am really posting a blog and updating the site.  I am just finishing up the chase in Wall, SD for the Winter Storm and Blizzard.  Weather Channel is calling this Winter Storm Atlas and it is living up to it's name as putting Winter Storm Season 2013-2014 on the map. 

I did laugh my ass off at the hype over Tropical Storm Karen and the forecast computer models verified the weakening of the system.  The real story was the storm system the caused the tornadoic storms in Nebraska and Iowa yesterday and the major Blizzard that hit Wyoming and South Dakota.  

This storm system has dumped an insane amount of moisture on the area in the last 48 hour's with heavy wet snow but the upper midwest need's the moisture. 

This morning I got up to a dark hotel room as the power was out.  The power got knocked out late last night and it did not come back on until late this morning.  The road's are pretty much screwed until Sunday morning when South Dakota Department of Transportation workers told me that they plan on opening the roads after sunrise. 

The area has insane huge snow drifts all over the place. Some of the drifts are over 15 feet on the main roads. 

Here is the footage I shot this morning.  I tried to get out of the parking lot, nope, not happening.


Here is the shot sheet for the video:
The powerful winter storm system was continuing to slam into Central South Dakota and the town of Wall, SD.

Footage shot this morning at the height of the blizzard with wind gusts up to 59 miles per hour and blinding snow, conditions on the roads were impassible.

Clip 1 Dash camera footage trying to drive out of the hotel parking lot and was stopped by a three foot high snow drift.
Clip 2 Standing in front of a eight foot high snow drift.
Clip 3 Major snow drifts covering the cars in the hotel parking lot.
Clip 4 American Flag blowing in the 50 mph winds.
Clip 5 Someone out walking in the blizzard
Clip 6 - 7 Semi Trucks parked and waiting out the weather.
Clip 8 - 9 Someone checking on the trucks and walking in the blizzard.
Clip 10 - 11 Blowing snow blowing over a massive snow drift.
Clip 12 The road to Interstate 90 totally covered by 6-12 feet of snow.
Clip 13 Standing on top of a snow drift looking under the overpass with massive snow drifts blocking the road.
Clip 14 Westbound entrance to Interstate 90 closed off.
Clip 15 Store closed down and cut off due to the snow drifts.
Clip 16 Someone out walking with massive snow drifts in the foreground.
Clip 17 The only way to get around is to walk to the only store that was open. Exxon opened up so stranded travelers could buy food and survival supplies.
Clip 18 Stop sign covered in snow and ice.
Clip 19 High winds during the over night blew this sign over.
Clip 20 Someone did not check the forecast and was stranded when they could not ride their motorcycle home.

Just as fast as the wind was blowing, the storm moved on our of the area.  The aftermath of the massive amount of snow is pretty impressive. 

Below is the shot sheet for the aftermath footage.
After the powerful blizzard moved out of the area, the cleanup of the massive snow drifts and impassible roads has begun.

Staff from the South Dakota, DOT said that Interstate 90 would not be open until Sunday morning as the blowing and drifting has created a nightmare situation throughout the region.

Footage shows the cleanup on the south side of Wall, South Dakota after the winds died down. The roads are still impassible for the most part as major snow drifts are blocking every roadway.

Clip 01 Tight shot of a South Dakota DOT logo on the side of a front end loader then pans and pulls back as the front end loader pulls away.
Clip 02 V Plow tries to make it through a massive snow drift to clear the roadway.
Clip 03 After another attempt, the V-Plow is able to blast through the massive snow drift blocking the roadway.
Clip 04 Shot from the I-90 overpass, the V-Plow drives under the overpass to try and clear the snow drifts.
Clip 05 Massive snow drifts under Interstate 90 after the storm
Clip 06 Interstate 90 entrance shut down
Clip 07 Shot from up on interstate 90 looking towards the east as the roadway is totally void of any traffic.
Clip 08 Looking north into town from the Interstate, people were starting to come out to check out the aftermath of the storm.
Clip 09 Looking east on the interstate showing the snow covered roadway.
Clip 10 Looking down from the interstate as people walk on the now cleared path through massive snow drifts.
Clip 11 - 12 South Dakota DOT crews work to start clearing Interstate 90 for traffic.
Clip 13 Massive snow drifts in the hotel parking lots
Clip 14 - 15 People starting to dig out from the blizzard
Clip 16 - 17 SD DOT crews working to clear snow from the Interstate entrance and exit ramps.
Clip 18 - 19 SD DOT crews lowering the gate to close Interstate 90 after clearing off the ramp. The roads are still ice covered and too dangerous to drive on.
Clip 20 - 22 SD DOT crews blowing the streets to try and open them up for traffic tomorrow.
Clip 23 Crews clearing out the massive amount of snow in the hotel parking lot.

Finally using my Smugmug account that I'm paying for and uploaded some photos from today. http://weatherpaparazzi.smugmug.com/Weather/Winter/1052013-Wall-South-Dakota/32322921_vKbHzf

10/4/2013 Wall, SD Major Blizzard B-Roll


A major blizzard has shut down half of the state of South Dakota on Friday as the powerful winter storm system the brought tornadoes to eastern Nebraska and western Iowa, brought several feet of snow to western South Dakota.

B-Roll footage starts out on Interstate 90 in the major whiteout conditions just outside of Wall, SD.

Heavy snow is still falling in Wall with wind gusts as high as 60 miles per hour.

Currently the area is without power as the powerful storm slams the region.

10/1/2013 Saint Cloud, MN Vivid Northern Lights



The Aurora Borealis brought autumn colors that filled the fall skies in central Minnesota tonight. The Northern Lights were spectacular with bright red, green, whites, purple and some orange color filling the sky. 

The Auroras are from the latest geomagnetic storm that arrived earlier then expected and from the CME that burst from the sun a few days ago.  At one point the Auroras were directly over head and even pointed into the southern sky. 

9/27/2013 Lutsen, MN Sawtooth Mountains Fall Colors


Footage of the rapidly changing fall colors from Northern Minnesota around Lutsen, MN in the Sawtooth Mountain range along the north shore of Lake Superior.

Various footage of wide and very close up from on top of Moose Mountain and along the Temperance River valley.

Clip 1 Shot of the National Forest sign welcoming visitors to the Fall Color Tour in the Sawtooth Mountains.

Clip 2 Fall colors from on top of Moose Mountain

Clip 3 Pan shot on top of Moose Mountain

Clip 4 - 5 Fall colors along the Temperance River valley.

Clip 6 Driving along the Temperance River valley.

Clip 7 Traffic checking out the colors

Clip 8 - 9 Fall colors from on top of Moose Mountain

Clip 10 Tight shot with a fast pull back on top of the mountain.

Clip 11 Medium shot of lots of color

Clip 12 Tight shot of lots of color

Clip 13 - 18 Wide shot of lots of color

Clip 19 - 20 Medium shot of lots of color

Clip 21 - 25 Tight shots of colors

Clip 26 - 27 Wide shot of color and Lake Superior in the distance

Clip 28 Wide shot of colors from on top of the mountain

Clip 29 Medium shot of contrasting colors of Orange and Green showing the 50% color change.

Clip 30 - 31 Tight shots of color

Clip 32 POV driving shots under a canopy of color.

Clip 33 36 Tight shots of fall colors.


9/19/2013 Minneapolis, MN Morning Thunderstorm Rain

Thunderstorms with high winds and heavy rain impacted the the northern parts of the Twin Cities metro area this morning.  Footage shot in the heart of downtown Minneapolis as the southern part of the line of storms moved through the metro area.

Clip 1  POV shot as while driving on Interstate 494 on the west side of town as the line of storms moved in.

Clip 2 Skyline shot of the city in the rain

Clip 3 Two women walking in heavy rain with an Umbrella

Clip 4 A couple walking in the rain along Nicollet Mall. Pull back and pan shot.

Clip 5 Women walking towards the camera with an umbrella

Clip 6 People walking in the rain on Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis

Clip 7 Man walking with an umbrella

Clip 8 Two women in the rain waiting to cross the street under an Umbrella

Clip 9 People walking in the rain

Clip 10 Women on a bike waiting for the light to change in the rain

Clip 11 People in the rain with some farmers market booths

Clip 12 Farmers market merchant wearing garbage bags as a rain coat

Clip 13 - 15 Someone walking under an umbrella

Clip 16 Traffic in the rain

Clip 17 Someone walking in the rain under an umbrella

9/16/2013 El Reno, OK Lightning & Severe Storm


Severe storms filled the sky over El Reno, OK today.  Footage shot at the location of the makeshift memorial to team Twistex where they car was hit by the tornado on May 31, 2013.

Footage includes various shots of lightning over an open field, with and without the memorial sign in the foreground.  Additional shots of lightning and POV shot of driving in the heavy rain to get out a head of the storm. 

8/31/2013 Pope County, MN Severe Storms


Severe storms brought heavy rain, high winds and vivid lightning to west central Minnesota on Saturday afternoon. 

Footage shows the storms that hit the Pope County, MN area which is about 100 west of the Twin Cities metro area. 

Clip 01  High winds blow large construction debris across the road in front of the camera.

Clip 02 - 03 POV shots of high winds gusting over 50 miles per hour.

Clip 04 Storm front moving from the west near the town of Starbuck, MN

Clip 05 - 11 B-Roll of lightning and the storm front moving towards the camera near Starbuck, MN

Clip 12 Line of storms over taking area.

Clip 13 Lowering behind the leading edge.

Clip 14 - 15 Driving in high winds with lowering clouds

Clip 16 POV shot of very close lightning

Clip 17 Lightning after dark.

8/29/2013 Hill City, MN Tornado and Aitkin County, MN hail storm footage.


A large tornado formed on the tornado warned storm just south of Hill City, MN which is in Aitkin County, MN.  The tornado can be seen just north of the cameramans position which was just south of Hill City, MN on Highway 169.

Additional storm footage and hail footage from southern Aitkin County, MN.

Clip 01 Large tornado crossing Highway 169

Clip 02 Looking north on 169 at the area of rotation

Clip 03 Looking north on 169 at the area of rotation with other stringers in the shot across the road.

Clip 04 - 05 Just south of Hill City, MN looking to the north at the area of rotation

Clip 06 - 07 Under the meso area just south of Hill City, MN

Clip 08 Storm clouds south of Hill City, MN

Clip 09 - 13  Southern Aitkin County storm clouds approaching.

Clip 14 Time Lapse of the storm clouds approaching with vivid motion.

Clip 15  - 20 POV shot of the storm hitting with high winds and large hail near McGregor, MN.

8/26/2013 Otter Tail County, MN Severe Storms and Funnel Cloud.


A tornado warned storm moved across Northern Minnesota in Otter Tail County along highway 10 from Pelican Rapids to Wadena, MN on Monday evening. 

Clip 1 Wall Cloud

Clip 2 Wall Cloud

Clip 3 Leading edge of the storm between New York Mills and Wadena. 

Clip 4 Brief funnel cloud east of New York Mills.

Clip 5 Lightning POV

Clip 6 Driving in High Winds on highway 10 with winds over 55 miles per hour.

Clip 7 Hail falling

Clip 8 Driving in high winds and hail on highway 10

Clip 9 Winds over 60 miles per hour on Highway 10

Clip 10 Shelf cloud

Clip 11 - 12 Base of the updrafts near Wadena, MN
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