Front Before The Freeze

Sunday, January 15, 2017



A distinct line of dark altocumulus clouds form a front in the south and west sky as seen in this panoramic image captured from the grounds at Noelridge Christian Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa at 11:20 am on Sunday, January 15, 2017. The line was in advance of a large area of freezing rain which covered much of the Midwest. Nikon D7200 DSLR camera.

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New Mexico Wall Cloud

Friday, January 6, 2017


Another image from my May 16, 2016 storm chase in NE New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas panhandles. This image shows a low-based wall cloud organizing under a growing supercell as seen from Highway 406 at A081 (Seneca Road, background) in northeast New Mexico. Camera looks ENE at 3:03 pm MDT. The storm is moving away and to the right in the image, toward the nearby panhandle of Oklahoma. A tornado would form from this cell about a half-hour later, near the town of Felt, located about 18.7 miles to the southeast. Nikon D7200 DSLR camera.

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Rave Sky Reviews

Saturday, December 31, 2016



Being at work since 6:30 am on Friday, December 30, 2016, many co-workers arriving later raved about the brilliant sky they experienced on their way to work. This finally prompted me to take a look and I beheld this beautiful mackerel (altocumulus) sky. A rising sun at 7:30 am CST created the fiery red effect over the blue background, as seen from Progress Drive in Hiawatha, Iowa. A mackerel sky gets its name from its undulating, rippling pattern, similar to fish scales and is caused by high-altitude atmospheric waves. iPhone 6-Plus camera.

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Last Supermoon of 2016

Tuesday, December 13, 2016



The last "Supermoon" of 2016 sets in the west sky behind the AirFX sports facility in Hiawatha, Iowa at 6:17 am CST on Tuesday, December 13, 2016. The rising plume of steam seen behind and to the right of the facility is emanating from the Duane Arnold Energy Center near Palo. Air temperature was a frigid 3 degrees F. Nikon D7200 DSLR camera.

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Efex Effects

Friday, December 9, 2016



These four posted images were created from Silver Efex Pro 2, part of the Nik Collection plug-in. The images were captured on Sunday afternoon, December 4, 2016 from Boyson Park in Marion, Iowa, near the Cedar Rapids border. Snow was still falling at this time and would accumulate to a depth of four inches. Temperature was 32 degrees F, and the wet snow stuck to branches, creating beautiful winter photo opportunities. The bottom image is a panorama. Nikon D7200 DSLR camera.




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Late Season Severe Weather Event A Surpriser

Tuesday, November 29, 2016


Glancing at an AccuWeather alert on my cell phone just before noon on Monday, November 28, 2016, it indicated "strong thunderstorms and half-inch hail," and left me thinking, "wait, what??" Tornado reports began coming in a couple of hours later, and I almost forgot about what time of the season it was! The thin line of severe weather was plodding along at 18 mph at 4:00 pm CST between Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, and I knew the likelihood of it holding up or even being able to see funnels in the growing darkness was very slim, so I stayed put in Cedar Rapids. After one solitary loud crack of thunder, I captured the panorama shown above. The line of storms, now considerably weakened, had finally arrived. Image looks northwest over Bowman Woods Park at 6:11 pm CST. Nikon D7200 DSLR camera.





The upper radar image above shows four tornado-warned cells at 4:08 pm. These cells would produce five confirmed (EF0) twisters. The lower radar image shows the line of storms corresponding to the top photograph. Air temperature was 50 degrees F, dew point 50 degrees, humidity 100%, and the wind was from the south. Prior to 3:30 pm, the wind was from the SSE.

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Morning Reflectors

Sunday, November 20, 2016


Altocumulus clouds situated in the right position in the sky on the morning of Sunday, November 20, 2016 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa reflected the rising sun with spectacular color. Both images posted here were captured at 6:57 am CST from Brentwood Drive NE. Air temperature was 19 degrees F. Actual sunrise was 7:03 am. Nikon D7200 DSLR camera.


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