Triple Floaters

Friday, October 21, 2016

This photo opportunity "nudged me right on the shoulder": I began hearing the distinctive sound of a hot air balloon burner, so I naturally went outside to catch a glimpse of it. Not one, not two, but three balloons were clustered together with a beautiful altocumulus background sky to boot on Friday evening, October 21, 2016. The three images shown here look SW from Brentwood Drive NE in Cedar Rapids, Iowa near Bowman Woods Park.  Top image was captured at 4:55 pm, middle at 4:56 pm and bottom at 4:58 pm. Nikon D7200 DSLR camera.


October Sunset

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Contrasty stratus clouds seem to emanate from the setting sun and stretch across the sky in this panorama image, captured at 5:55 pm CDT, Wednesday, October 19, 2016. The photograph was made from the grounds at Noelridge Christian Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Nikon D7200 DSLR camera.


Sign From Heaven?

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Resembling an Aurora Borealis display in the daytime, or a sign from Heaven (I'm not sure what the sign might be for--it can't be for the Cubs going to the World Series), a long-lived crepuscular ray display graced the skies over Cedar Rapids and Hiawatha Iowa around midday on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. The display persisted over a few hours. The above image looks south from a US Bank location on Council Street in Cedar Rapids at 11:35 am CDT.

11:42 am. From the intersection of Boyson Road and Robins Road in Hiawatha.

11:44 am. From the intersection of Boyson Road and North Center Point Road in Hiawatha.

11:47 am. From North 20th Avenue in Hiawatha, just north of Boyson Road.

11:49 am. From North 18th Avenue, just north of Progress Drive in Hiawatha.

11:49 am. Panorama from same location and time as the previous image. iPhone 6-Plus camera.


May 16, 2016 Storm Chase Leftovers

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

From my excess files. Strengthening supercell with inflow cloud (right) looking northeast at 4:45 pm CDT while eastbound on US Highway 56/64, near Felt, Oklahoma.

Similar shot a minute later.

4:47 pm. Close up of supercell's hail core.

4:52 pm. Wall cloud with clear slot (left), looking north from US Highway 56/64, just east of Felt, Oklahoma.

5:22 pm. RFD cut from approaching supercell (right), seen from alongside US Highway 385, just south of the Texas/Oklahoma border. Image looks southwest. Nikon D7200 DSLR camera.


More Palisades Kepler Flood Pics

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Despite the clear and sunny conditions, water was creeping higher in the Cedar River when these images at Palisades Kepler State Park, southeast of Cedar Rapids, Iowa were captured on Monday, September 26, 2016. Image above was photographed at 4:31pm CDT. The parking lot was blocked off from vehicles from the right of this image to the background.

4:32 pm. Flood waters move quickly from right-to-left in this image from the parking lot area temporarily accessible only by foot.

4:43 pm. Submerged park bench, which once overlooked an extensive beach area along the Cedar River at Palisades Kepler. The Cedar River crested at 21.97 feet in downtown Cedar Rapids at 10:30 am on Tuesday, September 27. Nikon D7200 DSLR camera.


More Palo Flood Pics

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

One day before flood crest, I was parked alongside Blairs Ferry Road (E36), seen here at 3:39 pm CDT, Monday, September 26, 2016. Image looks west toward the town of Palo, Iowa. Water is nearly up to the road level.

3:43 pm. Turned back around and headed eastbound toward Cedar Rapids. This image looks north at the swollen Cedar River from a bridge just over a mile east of Palo.

Same moment, but looking the opposite direction on the bridge. Nikon D7200 DSLR camera.


Flood Waters In Linn County

Monday, September 26, 2016

Major accumulations of rain from southern Minnesota and northern Iowa in the previous weeks
began flowing into the Linn County Iowa area early on Monday, September 26, 2016. Inundation began by midday. The above image looks northwest at 3:41 pm CDT from Blairs Ferry Road (E36) just east of the town of Palo. The stone in the water in the background bears the name of the town.

A minute later, and now looking southwest toward the Palo Mini Mart, located on 1st Street, which is surrounded by water.

With water levels around 21.5 feet, fast moving water from the Cedar River flows through Palisades Kepler State Park around 4:40 pm.

A park bench once located along the grassy shore of the Cedar River at Palisades Kepler State Park now sits half submerged in flood waters at 4:43 pm. Nikon D7200 DSLR camera.


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