To storm chase or not to storm chase, that is the question...

45 hours in a SUV to drive across the country and it

Ok just getting caught up on the personal blog about what has been happening in the last month.  Winter is finally over but I think we will have one more major winter storm in northern Minnesota before the end of this month. 

Ben and I survived the road trip across the country and we set the record for being the first to live stream across the United States of America and to live stream across the USA on Youtube Live.  It took 45 hours from Time Square in NYC with non stop driving to Venice Beach Pier in California.

It is a freaking cool idea, the next road trip I plan on doing will not be non stop.  Seriously, we need a break at night to get some sleep and rest up. 

California was cool to visit again.  I made the trip to Malibu to the world famous El Matador Beach to chill out for a few hour's before making the long drive back home.   Here is a photo that I wanted to do the last time I was out there with Bill Reid but never had a chance to do.  Cross this one off the bucket list.
 El Matador Beach Cave photo.

Right now I'm enjoying the down time to get caught up on paperwork and work stuff.  I need a vacation from the vacation...

Press Release, Cross Country Live Stream 3/21/2014

March, 20 2014

Contact: Douglas Kiesling  651-238-0258, Ben McMillan 515-451-6330

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY- LLC, and The Iowa Storm Chasing Network are proud to announce a partnership in a coast-to-coast journey this weekend to test out the latest technology in live mobile newsgathering.

In partnership with Google Corporation’s, Kiesling and McMillan will attempt to make the approximately 2,900 mile drive from Times Square, New York to Santa Monica Beach, California NONSTOP while streaming live video to YouTube LIVE starting at 1pm Eastern Time on Friday, March 21 2014.

The pair will mobile broadcast from the New York City area over the lunch hour Friday, and then proceed to cross the country LIVE in front of YouTube’s millions of viewers, broadcasting each mile of the historic trip in high quality video.

The trip is scheduled to conclude around 8am Pacific Time Sunday morning after showing the sunrise on Santa Monica Pier in California.  Other highlights on the trip will include driving over the Brooklyn Bridge, past the Saint Louis Arch, streaming the Interstate 70 corridor through the Rocky Mountains, driving through the Las Vegas Strip, and finally through downtown Los Angeles at night.

To watch the live stream, go here


Devon Storveck, of the YouTube Partnership Team, says a project like this has never been attempted or
carried out before by any of their broadcast members.  

Kiesling, along with company technical advisor Brian Dombrowski, devised a system to broadcast
SD and HD video out of moving vehicles and into TV newsroom studios and multiple CDNs, such as YouTube LIVE, simultaneously.

The technology has been deployed by Kiesling's company,, with the primary mission of covering breaking-news weather events around the country as they happen.  

Most recently, Kiesling covered the severe winter storms associated with 2014’s “Polar Vortex,” and McMillan broadcasted live from both El Reno and Moore Oklahoma tornadoes in May of 2013. This week’s project engages the pair’s mobile newsgathering equipment to push the limits of geography and duration.

Media inquiries are welcome, and live footage and interviews from the road will be provided to both local and national clients.

Television markets on the route include:
1. New York
2. Pittsburgh
3. Indianapolis
4. St. Louis
5. Kansas City
6. Denver
7. Las Vegas
8. Los Angeles

About, LLC. provides late-breaking HD stock video of news events as they happen. Known by many in the industry for a niche in breaking news weather stories, has some of the fastest turn-around times when processing packages from its stringers. When the story is weather, helps clients tell the story first and accurately with video from the front line of stories.  Recently partnering with, a venture of Creative Heads Inc. of Sarasota Florida, company has extended its content to include LIVE breaking coverage for both television and online news clients.

About the Iowa Storm Chasing Network

The Iowa Storm Chasing Network provides weather forecasts, and up to the minute updates for the state of Iowa and surrounding regions.  A team of storm chasers deploys each Spring to cover severe weather across the American Midwest.  The team focuses on professional live coverage of severe weather as it happens.

Been two months.

I can't believe it has been two month's. 
I have not posted about this on my personal page yet, but the last three months have been insanely difficult.  Back in December, on my fathers birthday, he was admitted to the hospital for pneumonia and COPD.  After a few week's of fighting the pneumonia, he lost the fight on January 2nd, 2014.

One of the hardest thing's I have ever had to do in my life was to help write the following for the memorial.
Charles Allan Kiesling, Sr, originally of Murdock MN, passed quietly on January 2, 2014 at the age of 83.  Charles was surrounded by his wife and family at his passing.  Charles is survived by his wife, Nancy; daughter, Dorothy (Lyaman) McPherson; sons, Charles Jr. (Rose), Gregory (Stacey), Howard (Paul Massmann), and Douglas (Neva Andersen); and five grandchildren - Alaina McPherson, Ashley (RJ) Reyes, Thomas (Mandi) Kiesling, Candace Kiesling, and Nicholas Kiesling.  Charles is also survived by his sisters, Muriel, Margaret and Janet; and brother, Donald.

Charles worked for Sperry Rand through its various incarnations, including Sperry Univac and finally Unisys in the electronics engineering and developmental department until he retired after 38 years of service in 1993.  Charles' many accomplishments while working with Sperry include the creation of some of the first computer networking systems in the early 1960's for private industry and the government.  He was also credited with patents US 3497760 A and US 3531796 A.   He was the father of the Logical expansion circuitry for display systems, or "Graphical Computer Video Card" and the flashing or "Blinking Cursor."  Charles' visionary computer designs and ideas in the 1960's and 1970's helped lay the foundation for our modern computer world today.

Along with his large family, Charles was proud of his service with the US Navy and his Navy family.  As a crew member of the USS Collette DD 730, he was part of the Sitting Duck Squadron at Inchon during the Korean War.  He was the most recent editor and publisher for the USS Collette Association newsletter and enjoyed the ship's company reunions.  Over the years, Charles was very active in his community including the Boy Scouts of America, Clan MacBean Association of America, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5555.

While he was sick and in the hospital I put work on hold for the most part and made it a point to get down to see him at least every other day.  The last time I saw him was on New Years Eve.  I told him I was heading up north for CNN to cover the record breaking insane cold and that I was I would be back later on Friday, the 2nd to see him again and the weekend. 

I did manage to fulfill the promise of the goal that I told him about to get into the record breaking cold of -40F air temp and colder.  I even did the idea I was kicking around with freezing an egg in the -40F temps.

The funny thing about "The Ice Box" of International Falls.  Their are no banks with the time and temp signs in the city.  I had to look around to find this at sunrise to show how cold it was.

Soon after I took this photograph, I got a phone call from my sister telling me I needed to get down to the hospital and that it was not good and they did not think he would make it through the day.  When I told her I was up in International Falls, I was told to hurry back.   

I wrapped up my video shoot with the daylight conditions and raced back as fast as I could legally drive... 
Here is the video shoot for the daylight footage.

I kept giving my family updates on my location and when my brother Greg called and told me to hurry, I knew it was not good.  I told him to tell Dad I was racing down there to say goodbye but just outside of Minneapolis on the 694 loop, I got the call to slow down, it was too late and he was gone.

So with heavy heart, I have to say the last two month's have been very hard.  But it is still fun to remember everytime I look at a computer, I can still remember him saying telling me how and why he wrote up the blinking courser code and saying "I Made It Blink" sand with that, those are his final words on his tombstone.

Also in the 1970s when Apple Computer's came out with the Apple II, he was pissed since he said that Apple pirated the code and Sperry did not go after them on it. I'm sure when he got to heaven and saw Steve Jobs, he gave him a piece of his mind.

2/28/2014 Albert Lea, MN Interstate 35 Snow Storm

On the last day of February 2014, spring seems as if it is still month's away instead of just week's away as another round of winter weather impacts southern Minnesota.

B-Roll footage in the evening at sunset around Albert Lea, MN of the snow storm along Interstate 35.  Various scenes of traffic and snow plows on the interstate.

To license this footage, visit

2/27/2014 Minneapolis, MN Sub Zero Cold People B-Roll

B-Roll footage from around Minneapolis, MN of people around the uptown area and Lake Harriet in the sub zero weather around noon today.

Various shots of people out and about looking cold.

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2/26/2014 Central Minnesota Ground Blizzard Conditions B-Roll

A powerful weather system is hitting the upper midwest area again with winds up to 45 miles per hour across Minnesota and causing ground blizzard conditions.

Various footage shot on the Stearns County and Polk County area from Sauk Centre to Glenwood, MN.

Clip 1 MNDot Snow Plow on highway 71 trying to clear the snow drifts growing across the road.

Clip 2 Bank sign with temp of -10F outside this morning.

Clip 3 Bank sign with a temp of -2F an hour later.

Clip 4 Blowing and drifting across highway 28

Clip 5 Massive snow drift behind a group of trees

Clip 6 Polk County snow plow removing snow drifts.

Clip 7 Winds gusting up to 40 mph out in the open country of western Stearns County with a stop sign in the shot.

Clip 8 Near whiteout conditions along a north south road.

Clip 9 Near whiteout conditions along a north south road with a car in the distance that is lost in the blowing snow.

Clip 10 Blowing snow

Clip 11 Blowing snow and a yeild sign in eastern Polk County, MN.

Clip 12 Blowing snow across a road

Clip 13 Blowing snow and poor visibility with whiteout conditions.

Clip 14 Huge flag blowing in the wind.

Clip 15 Snow blowing across highway 71

Clip 16 Tight shot of a wind sock blowing in the high winds.

Clip 17 Wide shot of the wind sock blowing along highway 71 with blowing and drifting snow across the roadway.

Clip 18 Traffic and blowing snow

Clip 19 Heavy Blowing snow across Highway 71

Clip 20 Heavy Blowing snow across Highway 71 with traffic

Clip 21 Blowing snow across an open field

Clip 22 Heavy Blowing snow across Highway 71

Clip 23 - 25 POV Driving shot of blowing snow across a roadway

2/26/2014 Stearns County, MN Ground Blizzard Evening B-Roll

The powerful ground blizzard and sub zero temperatures are still impacting much of central Minnesota this evening with wind gusts near 50 miles per hour.

The blowing and drifting snow is making travel around the region dangerous as many of the rural roads have become impassible due to the drifting snow.

Clip 1 Tight shot of a Stop Sign blowing and twisting in the wind.

Clip 2 Wide shot of the stop sign blowing in the wind.

Clip 3  Stearns County snow plow driving towards the camera and the camera pans with the snow plow as it passes and drives away.

Clip 4 Blowing snow over a snow drift on the side of the road.

Clip 5 Snow plow driving towards the camera.

Clip 6 Blowing snow with high winds over an open farm field.

Clip 7 Tighter shot of the high winds blowing snow over a field with farm buildings in the background.

Clip 8 American flag in the distance blowing in the high winds.

Clip 9 Blowing snow with snow drifts covering the roadway.

Clip 10 Blowing snow with high winds and snow drifts covering the roadway.

Clip 11 Blowing snow with the setting sun in the back ground.

Clip 12 Blowing snow with the golden setting sun in the back ground over an open field with a treeline in the back ground.

Clip 13 Low shot of blowing snow over a road and snow drifts in the background.

Clip 14 Setting sun on the horizon with a sun dog on the right that was caused by the blowing snow from the ground blizzard.

Clip 15 POV Driving shot in low visibility

Clip 16 POV Driving shot in low visibility

Clip 17 POV driving shot with high winds blowing snow over the road.

Clip 18 POV Driving shot with blowing snow and snow drifts covering the road

Clip 19 POV Driving shot as a snow plow drives toward the camera in the other lane.

Clip 20 POV driving shot with high winds blowing snow over the road.

Clip 21 POV driving shot with the sun setting and blowing snow over the road.
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2/25/2014 Saint Cloud, MN Extreme Cold Continues B-Roll

As the month of February is coming to an end, the weather is normally suppose to be warming up in Minnesota.  The Minnesota Department of Natural ice fishing house removal deadline is only a week  away on March 3rd.

All Ice houses in the southern two-thirds of the state must be removed before midnight on March 3rd but with the extreme cold weather and the large amount of snow still on the ground and on the lakes, that may make for a difficult task this weekend. 

B-Roll from Grand Lake, just south of the city of Saint Cloud that shows dozens of Ice Fishing houses buried in the deep snow with no easy way to remove them.  Additional footage of people in Saint Cloud in the near zero temp.

Ice on the area lakes is about 4 feet thick on average.

Clip 1 Driving on Grand Lake through 4-6 foot high snow drifts on the side of the ice road.

Clip 2-4 Ice house's on Grand Lake with large snow drifts around them and no way to access them to pull them off the lake.

Clip 5 Wide shot of people drilling holes in the ice to try and go fishing.

Clip 6 Man starting up an Ice Auger to drill a hole in the ice.

Clip 7 Man drilling a hole in the ice.

Clip 8 Close up of the ice auger going into the ice that is 4 feet thick.

Clip 9 Fisherman walking through the snow.

Clip 10 Looking down into a frozen hole that shows just how thick the ice is.  It is over two feet down to where the ice cap froze in the hole.

Clip 11 Flag blowing in the wind.

Clip 12 - 16 People looking cold in downtown Saint Cloud, MN.

2/20/2014 Twin Cities Metro Area Evening Winter Storm B-Roll

The Twin Cities metro area is surrounded by blizzard warnings but in the metro area, the winds were slightly calmer but the roads were still a mess.

Footage shot in Minneapolis, MN and Burnsville, MN were the roads were hazardous to drive on.

Clip 1 Skyline shot of Minneapolis, MN

Clip 2 Reverse POV shot in front of a MNDot Snow Plow on Interstate 35w in Burnsville, MN

Clip 3-7 Whiteout Conditions in Minneapolis on the east side of Lake Calhoun.

Clip 8 Sign in Minneapolis showing a snow emergency was declared.

Clip 9 Close up of a tire spinning in the snow in Burnsville on Nicollet Avenue.

Clip 10 Car spinning its wheels trying to get up Nicollet Ave in Burnsville.

Clip 11 Flags blowing with part of the Minneapolis skyline in the back ground.

Clip 12 Snow plow on Hennepin Ave in Minneapolis

Clip 13 A rear wheel van spinning its wheels trying to get up a hill on Nicollet Ave in Burnsville.

Clip 14 Wide shot of the van spinning its rear tire.

Clip 15 Car getting stuck on Nicollet Avenue in Burnsville. Shot from dash camera.

Clip 16 People helping to push a car out of the snow on Nicollet Ave. One of them is wearing shorts in the winter storm.

Clip 17 Car spinning its wheels.

Clip 18 Car getting unstuck but still spinning its wheels on Nicollet Ave.

Clip 19 Snow plow on Nicollet Ave in Burnsville.

Clip 20 Car crashed on the side of interstate 494 and 169 on 494.

Clip 21 Someone riding their bike in front of the truck in the winter storm in Minneapolis.

Clip 22-23 Minneapolis Fire Truck on the scene of a power line down.

Clip 24 Powerlines sagging in the heavy snow and ice.

Clip 25 - 29 Tree's down on power lines and side walks in Minneapolis.

2/20/2014 Saint Cloud, MN Heavy Snow and Snow Plows B-Roll

B-Roll footage of the start of the powerful winter storm system as it makes its way into the northwestern suburbs of the Twin Cities metro area.  Various shots of snow plows and snow falling scenes around Saint Cloud, MN along Interstate 94.

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