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Weekend storms were a bust but found some gold...

This weekend there was some cold core storms that caught a lot of the local chasers off guard.  Reports of weak tornadoes got everyone's attention fast and by the time I got out the door, the storm system died off to be just a heavy rain event.

The day was not a total bust as it also was a location scouting trip for new photo sites.  This year I'm going to be looking for abandoned sites to photograph around the Midwest.   We found this old school house that was closed down in 1958.

Hey, remember me, I'm still here and trying to update this blog and website.

Yes I know I have fallen to the quick and easy updates on my Facebook page to update my friends with what is happening in life but I have to remember that I also have a lot of friends that are not on 'Crackbook" and they look at this site for updates.

So what is happening?  What have a photographed in the last three weeks? What is new, fresh and exciting gossip in the Storm Chasing world?

Well first off, there are a lot of new news stories about how "Storm Chasing Is Out Of Control" because so many people are storm chasing now that it is clogging up the roadways.

The Cosmos

Cross this shot off my bucket list.  I have wanted to get a photograph of the Cosmos, MN sign with an Aurora Borealis event in the background for about a decade.  This morning while trying to out from under the cloud cover I was able to get the shot. 

Weather Wars...

What is in a name?  When I first got on the internet back in 1996/1997, I used the joke name "Lightningboy" because it was a joke with some friends at work when I worked at ProColor.  It was a nickname that my friend Shane gave me that I pretty much hated.  So instead of letting him win and get the best of me, I embraced it and ran with it to turn the joke around on him. 

Well, last night and this morning was pretty interesting.

Just getting ready to wrap up for the night and get some much needed sleep. Neva and I were heading out before 10:00 pm to our secret spot to go and wait for the Northern Lights when several police cars were heading in the other direction really REALLY fast. And then more squad cars and even more squad cars, so we knew something was happening.
Turns out the first set of cars were chasing after a pickup truck that was fleeing and out of nowhere, at least a dozen more police and state troopers were on the scene.

Dramatic Aurora Footage

No sleep last night, Neva and I were watching the sky light up even with a full moon that tried to wash out the Auroras Borealis just north of Saint Cloud, MN.

The solar storm from the X Class solar flare finally hit and we shot stills and a pretty sweet time-lapse video as the storm was peaking as a "G3" Geomagnetic storm just after midnight as the KP reached 7.  

If the full moon was not out, this would have been a major event that would have been seen as far south as Kansas.

Back home from Chasercon

This past weekend was fun, I got to see some old friends and make a lot of new friends.  Had a little scare on the drive out where it started to leak some fluids but ended up being a power steering line that was starting to fail.  I made it home and got the truck into the shop.

ChaserCon this year was different for me since I worked at the Chasers Edge booth with my friend Brandon Clark since another friend got sick and could not make it out to help out. 

Mitsubishi Cars, Ride The Storm commercial project.

I can finally post a blog about a project I helped out with that I had to keep under wraps until now.  A while back I was contacted by a production company in Los Angeles, CA about helping out with a new project they were working on for Mitsubishi Cars called "Ride The Storm".

They needed some professional winter weather B-roll footage that showed some pretty intense driving conditions in winter storms and blizzards.  I was honored that they picked my footage for this project.  

A power flash during a thunderstorm...

After the latest round of thunderstorm and early season tornadoes in Alabama, a lot of people on Facebook are freaking out about someone in the media that read a script on a prompter saying "Tornadoes Hit Without Warning".  Really, you freak out on a talking head in front of a camera that reads a news script like Obama reads a speech but you don't stop and look at a some of the chasers blowing it calling it a tornado without seeing a tornado.  What I'm talking about is the power flashes.

Happy Trails to the warm winter.

Last week when I updated my blog it was record warm temps and now its back to normal for winter in Minnesota.  Ahhh, I knew it would not last but we still have had one heck of a great winter with little snow cover and warm temps.  It is time to get back to normal before the spring storm chasing season starts up and were back to the chase.