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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ok, today just was perfect and one of the days where I love my job because I get to work out side to document the weather. This time of year I should be wearing snow pants, big heavy coats and living in cold weather survival gear. Today, I was wearing shorts and a T-Shirt outside while getting footage in Minneapolis, MN of people out in the record warm temps that made it feel more like April then the heart of Winter.
I know this won't last long but it sure was nice just to get out and enjoy being outside with the hot sun keeping me warm when I should be freezing my arse off.
Every time I do photography near the Mississippi or when I lived in Burnsville of the Minnesota River, I always had the saying "One world, one soul, time pass, the river rolls"
Tonight I was working at the office and killing time while waiting for some footage to encode. Yes I finally have private office space that I rent to keep the business out of the home and the work out of the home to try and have a somewhat normal life.
Yesterday, Jan 4th, 2012, Earth passed through a stream of debris from shattered comet 2003 EH1 which is the source of the Quadrantid meteors.
While not feeling that great, I went out in the cold weather and hung out in the uber secret spot that I use when I need to be in almost total darkness just north of Saint Cloud. I say almost total darkness as in no traffic, no street lights and no light pollution in the field of view.
Happy New Year Everyone. One of my New Years resolutions is make sure I update my blog on a more timely basis. It's not my fault, it's that freaking Facebook, it makes it too easy to just update a status and move on.