Wanted to let you guys know I recorded 2 videos today of the Brief Blizzard that hit the Rigby,Id area. Youll see I added some annotations and double guessed my initial Estimates, turns out my estimates were dead on. The snow really did not accumulate because of the wind, but it was heavy and the winds were fierce. Enjoy the videos.
Wasn’t really expecting anything on March 3rd 2009. The ground had a decent amount of snow on it and I wasnt all that sure that convection could get going. Well the overnight low previous to this day was around 40 degrees. Thats about a 15+ degree difference. I woke up early this day and felt the warmth and could see a very faint flash every once in awhile.
Keep in mind I havent seen a thunderstorm since Mid October 2008. I ran indoors and loaded Stormlab 4.0 and could see some convective cells to the southeast of me. I waited for about an hour to see if they had enough to make it further towards me. They died and I went back to sleep.
Woke up later in the day and could definetely tell that there was some instability and looked Southeast and could see an advancing area of precipitation. I went inside and again loaded stormlab 4.0 and could see plenty of cells yet not much of a lightning maker.
After a few minutes of checking other websites I heard a rumble of thunder and went outside to enjoy the first thunderstorm of the 2009 season.
The video doesnt show much except for snow on the ground and you can hear the hail and rain falling along with a rumble every 20 seconds. It was very exciting and I can only hope for a active 2009 spring and summer. Last year wasnt all that active for my area. Crossing my fingers.
Depending on where you are in the Northwest will determine if your getting snow or not. No matter what type of precipitation is occuring, there has been alot of it. Here in Southeastern Idaho it has been snowing for 4 consecutive days now. Snow totals for my immediate area is close to 7 inches while the Higher elevations are seeing close to several feet. The big part of the story is the icy and snow packed roads which are plauging most of Idaho and keeping road crews working 24/7 trying to keep highways and local roads in operation. There have been many reported slide offs and from experience the Highways arent too bad, yet the non highway roads are a complete mess which makes a usual 15 minute trip turn into a half hour or longer trip. I highly recommend slowing down and keeping as much distance as you can from the car in front of you.
On a good note, the snow has really made the Holidays come to life. With Holiday music playing and no matter where you are, the joy is in the air. The stores are busy providing the last minute shopper with great gift ideas and Tree lots are on every corner with decorations galore. The local neighborhoods have there lights shining bright with chaser strings of lights and Santa and Snowmen blow ups bringing that pleasent Holiday spirit to all that pass by. After all, it is the Holidays…
So you said you want a White Christmas huh? Even if you didn’t your in store for some major snow in the coming hours, days and weeks. Three to five inches are expected Friday Morning and This Sunday into next week looks to have another Decent storm targeting the Northwest for even more Heavy snow and winds. I must say that this year thus far is looking like an above average Winter. The funny thing is that Winter hasn’t even started yet. Can you imagine 3 more months of this? No matter the type of weather you prefer, the snowcast is looking deep and plentiful and all Skiers and snowboarders alike will no doubt mark this Winter season as Perfect. The powder is dry and deep and the arctic air responsible for this isnt leaving anytime soon.
Expect a Winter Weather advisory for the Snake river plain and possible Winter storm watches and warnings for the Highlands and Mountains. Also expect the roads to only get worse as the days go on and plan to leave earlier than you usually would to allow enough time to travel slower and safer. I will update as much as I can throughout this series of storms. Have a Happy Holiday and come by again to see and hear the latest.
Here are a few videos I did of the December 13th 2008 Snowstorm. The first two are 5 minute videos and the third is a timelapse video. Enjoy…
If you have watched the news lately you would have already heard about “Gustav” a current Tropical Storm which is taking its toll on Jamaica and dumping more then 15 inches of rain with winds of 50mph. Gustav has been pulsing to a Category 1 hurricane every now and then and the latest forecasts for the Gulf Coast does not look good. Models are predicting at least a Category 3 hurricane which would hit anywhere from Northwest Texas east to Lousiana with a very real threat to New Orleans which will be devastating if Gustav does indeed make a direct hit. Louisiana has already declared a “State of Emergency” and I imagine evacuations are underway and already Mandatory. With major flooding expected I can only hope people will heed the warnings and leave as soon as possible.
With Gustav expected By Monday or Tuesday the threat for additional Hurricanes and Tropical storms is very high for the Gulf Coast and the Florida Coast. There are up to 4 additional areas of High concern which could make this Hurricane season a very Active and destructive season. Storm Chasers are already targeting “Gustav” and are already planning to Stay after Gustav and wait for the next Big storms. After a Quiet 2 seasons of Hurricane season is does appear that this Season will definetely pick up where it left off 3 years ago when Katrina devastated New Orleans.
Do watch Local and National News this coming Monday, I imagine the Weather Channel and Fox News amongst many others will be broadcasting Live from the Area of concern before and during and after Gustav.
I will be watching Fox News and also will be online at http://www.severestudios.com/livechase where you can watch the stormchasers themselves taking on a Strong Hurricane with damaging winds and torrential rainfall.
Have you noticed the Heat lately and the latest intrusion of Clouds. This is all Monsoonal Moisture that has made it into our area. The Monsoon is actually wreaking havoc in parts of California where they had Mudslides and one of these incidents even tore thru a very Popular Fishing Hatchery off the 395 highway which devastated there trout inventory. There was even a tornado reported in Southern California. So the Monsoon is definetely active in the Southwest. What will it be like for our area? Thus far local NWS has mention of thunderstorms for mostly higher terrain including the Wy/Mo borders. For our immediate area we seem to be stuck in the wind zone and with very low humidities we are currently under a Red flag warning and fire watch. If the storms that pop up over the higher terrain have any dry lightning we will definetely see the beginning of the fire season starting tonight and into tomorrow. There is always that chance that these storms could roll off from the Southwest into our area moving Northeast. If this occurs we will see strong downburst winds and maybe some ehavy downpours and dangerous Cloud to ground lightning.
If you didnt know already, There are several Monsoon stormchasers chasing the storms from Arizona and into Nevada and I will be adding there links here so you can go visit them and see the wonders of the Southwest Monsoon. First off, My Favorite Monsoon stormchaser/lightning photographer Susan Strom is busy chasing these storms. Be sure to visit http://www.lightninglady.com/ for some Amazing Lightning Photographs.
So will the Monsoon create Thunderstorms and lightning for us? The easiest way to answer this is is to Mention the 4 corner highs. If the 4 corner high sets up perfectly with a low to the southwest of California we will definetely be seeing some storms. The current setup is just enough for a very small amount of Moisture to make it to our region. With a stronger push of Moisture we will get humid, very hot and then the chances for a storm is Ideal. So keep those fingers crossed.
As you know the weather around Southeast Idaho has been unsettled. Pretty much every day since last Weekend there has been a Slight chance or chance for thunderstorms. Some days were bigger then others as far as convection went. The last 2 days appeared to be active but as soon as a storm would pop up it would pulse out. I have been taking photos and you can find them at the gallery and I have also been doing Time Lapse videos since May 20th and the outcome for each video is pretty cool. So be sure to check the Gallery and the Videos page for the latest videos.
Sunday will be another relatively active day. Thunderstorms are expected with small hail and some wind but severe and strong storms are not predicted. However, Monday June 2 is looking to be a possible Strong to Severe Weather event. Thoughts currently is for possibly large hail and damaging winds. The Local nWS says there will be enough moisture and shear with this storm, only thing now is that if the storm arrives at time forecasted then we see a good chance for this event to carry out. The storm prediction center has not yet put light on any of this as noticed on the Outlook for this day but things change quickly and I would expect to see at least a “see text” for our area and maybe even a slight chance outline. 2 days out I try my best to not jump on what I read but any storm that has more dynamics than what we had for this whole week will be greatly welcomed. I just hope for a chase opportunity or a night time lightning photo op. I cant wait to get some good footage.
Stay Tuned. I will do another update tommorow evening.
Winter is still fighting to survive around Southeast Idaho. Just last week we got 4+ inches of snow while Island Park got a whopping 9+ inches. The snowpack this year is so high that Water will start flowing throughout Southeast Idaho Canals by this coming week. But will the farmers be able to take advantage of the Early water and still be able to have a succesfull crop? Common sense tells me that we will easily have at least 5 more snow storms (5 or less inches of snow) and around 6 more freezes/frosts. Although I am eager to start my garden I do know that Memorial Day is the safest day to start however will Spring be in full gear or will Winter still have its grasp on us? Be Patient is all I can say for now. By this time alone last year we had at least 4 thunderstorm events. This years total is zero. But thats not to say it wont happen. May 4th thru the 10th is Severe Weather Awareness week for Southeast Idaho. Topics such as Tornadoes, Severe Wind, Hail, flash flooding, flooding and Lightning will all be discussed so that we can all Prepare for the Severe Weather that will come as Spring goes on and Summer starts and then ends. I will add a Link at the end of the post.
The Spring season will eventually get going and before we know it, Thunderstorms will be popping up almost daily and I will be busy taking photos and video. hopefully this will be a busy year. The stats alone on the Gallery show that 2007 was a pretty slow season. 2006 had close to 50% more storm events and I hope that this year will double that percentage. The Stormchasing season started early again this Year for the Tornado Alley Chasers. It definetely looks like this year will come close to last year and maybe even Stronger. Stay Tuned Everybody, Things will get going soon.
Here are some Links for You….
Severe Weather Awareness Week (May 4-10 Southeast Idaho)
The weather has been a bit of everything around Southeast Idaho. Rain, snow and even some slightly warm days. Well I think we will finally break out of the Freezing cold temps and pass up 50 degrees this weekend. Should be great for a 4 wheel drive (except for higher ground where tons of snow still exists) and even a bbq if you are up to it. We have had small mentions of thunder in the last several weeks but to no avail. The convective components were just not there yet. I do believe that because we no longer have a snowpack under the 5k range that the potential is getting better. This winter has been extemely long and to prove that the last week of march last year we had a thunderstorm and temps already in the 50 degree range plus a few. My cameras have been ready since the first of march so anytime now we could get back in the act. Spring is making its way to Idaho, as far as the Date, Spring is already here. With warmer temps and greening grass it makes it easier to say its spring. We arent out the woods tho, we will still have snow potentials and cold temperatures, but the breaks in between are well worth it.
I dont do this much, But considering the circumstances I will go ahead and discuss the Wildlife situation. If you Venture towards Heisi you will find literally hundreds of deer everywhere. Just below the ski resort is the snow line and the animals (all the animals except for bear) has come below the snow line to feed and from the rumors I have been hearing and even an experience from my own front door I definetely wont go and say dont be concerned. In my neighborhood of Rigby last week my sister and nephew witnessed a Blood Curdling scream at around 11pm at night followed by dozens of dogs barking histerically. After a bit of researching and asking around I was able to confirm that it was a Female Mountain Lion that was in the area and in heat doing her typical mating call. Realization came to myself quickly in reminding me that I live in the country and Mountain Lions, skunks, deer, bear and more various wildlife could show up at my front or backyard any day and any time they want. So I want to go ahead and let everyone know that they should be alert to the fact that the snow this year will bring these animals to our area and that we need to keep an eye on our animals.
Well another has come and passed. I hope your all doing great and enjoying the weather wherever your at. Stay Tuned. I promise the storm photos will come as soon as we get back into thunderstorm season.
The weather around Southeast Idaho has been calming down a bit. Warmer temperatures have been evident throughout the week with roads slowly giving back dry pavement. the snowpack is still close to a foot in some areas in the Valley and will probably take a week or two of 40+ degree weather to fully melt. Which for msyelf would be nice. I am ready for spring to come along with the thunderstorms so that I could get busy again with photography. I really didnt shoot any Winter stuff this year. Although there was plenty of snow I found myself unintrigued and pretty much bored. I did my fair share of weather reporting but I also spent most of my free time updating Website software and getting ready for the spring and upcoming summer. New lenses for my digital camera will greatly improve the quality of my photos and I cant wait for my first lightning photography attempt.
I have my hands full at the moment so please excuse my Lack of updating on this blog. I promise once the weather starts turning convective I will be very busy updating this website and taking photos and video.
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Blizzard warning in effect from 11pm tonight into Sunday evening. Main concern again is for Blowing snow with 25-40mph winds with gusts to 60mph. Not much snow expected from the storm, however the powder like snow will easily be drifted with the winds and will create white out conditions along with widespread road closures. The area for Blizzard warning will be the Upper Snake River plain and Upper Snake Highlands. Snake Valley has a winter storm warning also in effect from 11pm thru Sunday evening.