I don’t share too many videos these days, but a certain storm chaser has captured the ultimate LP Supercell. The day it happened was Sunday May 18 2014. The Location was Newcastle Wyoming. All the elements came together for a perfect LP Supercell to happen and the Base Hunters captured it. It is amazing and you have to see it. This is a timelapse video showing the cycle the storm took. Enjoy…..
A Major winter storm is expected to impact Eastern Idaho with 5-10 Inches of snow along with winds of 15-30mph and stronger. This will cause white out conditions and drifting of snow which could close many local Highways and the interstate.
Today we received close to 5 inches and there was a large amount of Slide off’s. There was so much in Bonneville County that Emergency officials asked the public to stay off the roads. Road crews are having a hard time cleaning up the roads and with snow packed roads already the situation will only get worse.
This is a Dangerous situation. With heavy amounts of snow predicted combined with 15-30mph winds we could see some major snow drifts that will no doubt cause road closures and problems through out the entire region. Please bring a winter kit with you if you must travel. Plan ahead so that you can allow more time to get to your destination and be prepared for very slippery roads.
Well I have had 2 succesfull chases this year. One particular chase took place June 3rd 2009, starting in Rexburg and then I drove to the 15 and headed South to around Blackfoot. I encountered 1 inch hail and was afraid the windhield or van might get damaged. I got lucky to say the least. Once i got out of the hail I noticed a storm to my south was developing and had a wall cloud.
The storm was Severe Warned for hail and wind and in the warning there was mention of slight rotation. I watched from Right off the Interstate 15 Highway till the storm eventually weakened and got into the Highlands/Mountains.
There was also June 5 2009, The Incredible Complex Line of storms that moved North and stayed mainly in the Snake River plain. As the Line progressed North the Storm filled in from West to East and Intensified. By the time It reached Idaho Falls it went severe and the fun began. I filmed and shot photos from my Backyard all the way till the storm got directly overhead. The storm was warned for winds and possible hail and there was also rotation. 63mph winds occured over my area along with Pea sized hail and a few slightly larger than 1/4 inch.
There are storms predicted thru next week and occasional Strong to Severe thunderstorms are possible. On days that storms can develop from strong to severe I will be active trying to get footage. Its an active year so far and we are only in June.
Keep an eye on the youtube channel and Photo Gallery for updates. I know I havent been updating this blog lately and will try to fit in more time to update you guys on whats going on.
Have a great Weekend and keep checking back for new photos and video.
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.
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…
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.
Potetially dangerous storm expected for Saturday Night into Sunday. Current Forecast and concerns calls for High Winds with Strong drifting of the snow which could close Numerous to widespread highways and roads. Another Concern is the Snow amounts. Already a Winter Storm watch and the NWS is already considering a Blizzard Warning to match the High Winds and Moderate to Heavy Snowfall. This is a situation that needs watching as this could be a huge impact on our region due to Out of town vacationers here for christmas and driving home on the weekend. As well as All Residents with work on Saturday and sunday. Pay close attention to Local Radio, TV and Even Weather Radio if you have one and last but not least please visit=
September 5th was a rather active day for the Southeast Highlands & Mountain Terrain. For Idaho Falls and northward the weather was rather Rainy with a rumble or two to speak of. As for Southeast Idaho the Upper Low and Monsoonal Moisture wreaked havoc pretty much on areas like Pocatello and Soda Springs. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch started the day with anticipation of Heavy rain, large hail and damaging winds. The threat eventually turned towards a Tornadic Environment, except for the fact that if Tornado’s were to develop they would only be in the EF-0 range and at most EF-1 range. Well this was the case for Soda Springs, a Severe Thunderstorm Popped up which showed strong rotation and eventually a Tornado. The Tornado Warnings went out and within 5 minutes a report of a Tornado was called in by Emergency Services. You were probably wondering why I didnt go after this storm for footage and the reason was that High Terrain is not good at all for chasing. With Winding roads up and down Mountainous terrain the possibility of myself getting hurt is way too high. Along with High Terrain the tornado could have also been rain wrapped, meaning structure of the storm and the tornado itself would have been highly covered to where photos and video would have had no quality. You may recall the October 4th 2006 Tornado Warned storm that I chased. The Terrain was perfect as it was in the valley with roads going every which way along with no Obstructions of view. I would have liked to have chased this storm, but there were too many Cons rather than pros.
I still believe there will be at least 5 more Severe WX events before Winter comes knocking. I am hoping the setups for these WX event are more in the valley as I will have better opportunity to chase.
In the end of that Day September 6th 2007 the tally of Severe Weather weather was Flash Flooding, Flooding, High Winds and Most of all a Tornado in Soda Springs.
The rest of the week into the weekend looks to be dry and Cool, if not cold. Already there is insight that Lows this weekend could dip into the 30’s. This wont be good for any means for all the greenthumbs out there. Lets hope it doesnt freeze or frost. Cross those fingers….. Stay Tuned…
After a rather cloudy and rainy morning the Clouds are clearing and this is good news for instability. With a High Near 80 expected today I am guessing we could see marginal instability with the chance for Strong storms and alot of rain. Already South of the Snake Plain and Into Utah and Nevada several Thunderstorms already pulsing as strong and severe with several to many Watches and Warnings being issued in Utah and Nevada and soon Idaho. It appears that the Best day for strong to severe storms is tommorow for The Snake River plain, Upper Snake River plain, etc. With substantial clearing and heating I do believe we will meet the criteria as SPC already has us in the Slight Risk which is cause for concern for Damaging Wind and Hail.
The Concern today will be Frequent lightning in and near the strongest of storms which could ignite new fires and also the rain is an issue for recently Burned area’s.
Im waiting for the afternoon Update from Local NWS. Will update ASAP…..
Idaho Falls and My Area could see a thunderstorm in the next Hour. Recent radar trends show Convective development expanding in Coverage and A Thunderstorm is tracking Northeast and could impact our area shortly. Hail chances are slim with a 50% chance for Small hail. Severe Chances are still O%. This could change very quickly as the envrionment is quite unstable.
Slight Risk from the SPC has been expanded to cover basically all of Southeast Idaho and the Severe Thunderstorm Watch covers most this area as well. Severe Thunderstorm looks to Expire at Midnight tonight, so expectancies obviously keep severe weather going on well into the night. It is quiet as far as Severe Thunderstorms go. Only 1 thus far to speak of yet the storm was downgraded very quickly with hail remaining Pea sized only.
Stay Tuned for Urgent Weather alerts.
HURRICANE DEAN UPDATE——————————–
Hurricane Dean is still a Category 4 storm. The eye is not expected to Impact Jamaica which is good news, however Jamaica could still see winds anywhere from 60mph and more up to 100mph along with Extreme rainfall and potential flooding. There are Voluntary Evacuations already in place in TEXAS and with DEAN expected to Strengthen to a category 5 storm as it passes Jamiaca, concerns are rising very rapidly for Texans. I talked to my friends in Brownsville and they are getting ready to Leave when the Mandatory Evacuation Takes place. Hurricane DEAN is a deadly storm, Precautions should be taken immediately and thus far it sounds like Texas is ready for this Hurricane. The Yucatan Peninsula could see alot of Damage from this storm as the Track currently places Dean dead on into The Mexican Peninsula. Hopefully they are taking all necessary precautions.