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6/1/2015 Severe Thunderstorm Watch Summary.

Storms initiated at around 1pm for Eastern Idaho near Burley,ID.  Instability and upper air dynamics were impressive for this area of Eastern Idaho.  I headed out at 1:15pm, headed south along i-15, driving 80-84 mph since speed limit is 80.  Depending if I was focusing on driving or watching cloud features depended on how fast or slow I went.  Noticed a few updrafts, could tell today would be promising to say the least.  I noticed as I got closer to the storm south of 86 near Arbon Valley,ID that the Anvil almost had a stacked appearance.  I thought to myself, haven’t seen that before.  I eventually got to a good location,  The Arbon Valley exit off 86.

The storm had supercellular structure and was occasionally putting out a wall cloud.  Timelapse did show the whole storm rotating, however the wall cloud kept dissipating.  Storm eventually grew into an amazing storm.  However,  I was relying on radar way too much.  By the time I realized I waited too long, the storm had gained at least 15 miles away from me.  I then proceeded to catch up on the storm and did so in Chubbuck,ID where I was pounded with 1.50″ hail.  I thought for a second my windshield would break.  But got lucky.  Again my reliance on radar came to fool me again, rather than pay attention to clouds, I saw what appeared to be a better organized storm to the east.  Again I headed towards Arbon Valley Exit, but I was only pelted by dime to nickel sized hail.

Radar seemed to be behind by a few minutes and my chase was soon over because the storms moved into Higher terrain.  Here is a little information that should explain the problem.  I recently switched carriers, my phone seemed to not switch into 4g mode to update for every radar scan.  My previous carrier was verizon and I never had issues.  Plus I watched the clouds more.  This chase just left me wondering if I lost my touch on catching up to storms, getting into position properly, etc.  It was really a let down and I can only blame myself.  I saw the structure itself, but once I saw radar with a potential better storm behind it, I figured that one would do the trick.  But I was wrong.

The storm I had initially targeted eventually formed into the perfect supercell, on radar at least.  The lack of storm reports except for hail to 1.50″ makes me wonder if anyone saw that perfect structure.  The second storm also put on a classic supercell presentation on radar and seemed to have a hook echo.  But whether it had a wall cloud, I will never know.  The potential quickly died out due to towers going up everywhere and storms going fully widespread into a literal mess.  The day I had hoped for eventually faded away and I was heading home to edit footage to see what all I got.

It wasn’t a bad chase, I got the structure I wanted and the hail.  But the perfect setup quickly faded.  I had hoped for these 2 storms to stay isolated and just track northeast through the Snake River Plain.  They could have been the best storms I had ever seen, but it will have to happen on another day.  The severe thunderstorm watch for moderate 2″ hail and winds to 70mph.  The upper air dynamics and instability was perfect for Eastern Idaho.  The storms did well until they reached Pocatello and then it was a mess.  I will never forget this day.  It was fun, but a let down because I made a mistake.  That mistake was not following the sky and staying focused on radar.  Something I wont do again.  I hope.

Thanks for reading.

 

-Gerrit of severeidaho.com.

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American Falls,ID Tornado Footage & Pics.

Today was not a day I had set my hopes on chasing.  Honestly it was my Dad’s Birthday, so I basically set my mind on just spending time with family rather than setting out to see storms.  The day started out Perfectly clear, it was warm and just looked like one of those days before a good storm sets in.  By noon, many storms formed, but were on the weak side so the time I had till my obligation I just used to sit home and watch radar.  Again, storms were pretty weak, structure was super limited and the low to blame was to the South, so storms formed to the East and moved Northwest.  A nice little storm almost formed right over me when it was time to head to my parents.  After grabbing a drink at a local fast food establishment I sat in the parking to lot to watch the storm a little.  It had the classic undertone of a thunderstorm, winds were gusting away from the storm.  Classic Outflow dominant storm.  After a brief few minutes of almost looking like it would organize the base took on the classic weak look.  I moved on, no pictures, no video.  Today was all about my Dad who turned 66.  After arriving at my Parents house and snacking on chips and salsa I watched the Dodger game with the rest of the family.  Little storms were still forming, a small crack of thunder every now and then.  Nothing big to note,  I went on with visiting.

 

Well it was finally time for dinner.  We all sat down and had Spaghetti for dinner along with side of pasta salad.  We chatted, ate and just enjoyed each others company.  Soon as I put my napkin on the plate my phone went off.  I had Pro Weather Alerts running in the background and the alert was going off nonstop.  Having a new android Galaxy S4 so far has been a learning curve compared to my user friendly iphone.  Anyways,  after finally realizing what the alert was I sat there and kind of shook my head.  It was a tornado warning, issued by Pocatello National Weather service for American Falls.  I quickly loaded PYK3L to check radar, and I could see that the storm itself was pretty weak.  Not a strong storm by any means.  But the Storm Relative Motion and Velocity did indicate rotation and at one point the classic Red touching Green pixel.  I gasped and hoped no one captured it.  For selfish reasons.  But knowing that it was American Falls, an area that is surrounded by Interstate 15 the Highway to Twin Falls, I knew I wouldn’t be so lucky.

 

I went on with my day.  Hell, even if I had been home, no plans.  That storm was not something I would have chased.  Just looked weak and not like your typical Meso storm with increased DBZ, etc.  Well I got home just a few minutes ago, and sure enough people did capture the storm, and it looks awesome.  Wished I could have captured it.  Hopefully later this year I will get mine.  With no further chat, here is the footage from LocalNews8 viewers.

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Gearing Up for Spring 2014

Spring 2014 has officially just began and I will be actively stormchasing during the Spring and Summer.  I have new gear including a new Sony HD camcorder and coming back from last year, a Go Pro Hero 2 camcorder.  Still got my Nikon D40 DSLR camera, will be updating soon hopefully.  6 megapixels is a little behind in todays technology.  Nonetheless,  I am ready and waiting for the next possible severe weather outbreak.  It could be soon, just a matter of time till the conditions are right.  Last year was a great year, there were over 7 chases I went on, each ending up with great footage.  All of which can be seen on my youtube channel.  http://www.youtube.com/severeidaho .

I will do my best to update the blog more both before and after the outbreak occurs.  I really lost focus due to Facebook and Twitter coming out.  This poor blog suffered, but this year it will all change.  I still hope to have many of you still around from years past.  I am getting more comfortable with weather models, so hopefully I can pin point locations better.  I still consider myself quite the newbie though.

I added a new slideshow to the website.  Hope you all like it.  it gives the website such a better look.  I’ll be adding lots more photos to the list as well.

 

I would like to hear from other Idahoans about severe weather.  Use the contact page and tell me your stories.  Would love to hear about severe weather you have experienced.

 

Hoping for the best 2014 ever.

-Gerrit Gulden

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Welcome to Late Spring 2012

The severe weather season here in Idaho has yet to begin.  Lately the only real hazards have been strong winds and frosts and freezes.  The gardening season is already under way, however it is anyones guess whether or not the plants will survive the dramatic changes of temperatures.  We seem to get warm weather and then after a cold front comes through we get down to the mid to upper 30’s.  I have been watching the forecasts with hopes that a thunderstorm event would occur.  As of this coming week it looks to be warm and dry.  Some are saying that the Southwest flow could start up soon.  This will bring moisture from the southwest which will help create late evening and night time thunderstorms.  The southwest flow always brings a strong rise in temperature as well as humidity.  Of the most common southwest flow is during the monsoon season.  Typically the monsoon creates a large number of evening and night time thunderstorms.  Those are what helps me get my lightning opportunities to take photos and video.  I’ve said it every year, but I hope this summer will be a very active one for Southeast Idaho.

In the next few weeks I will be doing some updates on the website.  They include photos and videos from last year.  Since I started college in early 2011 I have had little time to devote to the website.  I have already updated all the website plugins and software to the latest releases which was easy.  I hope to get everything done by the start of July.

I will be adding a new link to my minecraft blog.  I have been spending quite some time playing this awesome game and have recorded a ton of footage.  For those of you that are fans of this game, please check it out.

Well, stay tuned.  Hopefully I can get some amazing footage this year.  If I do, you will see it here.

 

Thanks for visiting and being a fan of SevereIdaho.

 

-Gerrit Gulden

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Video Updates May 29 2011.

I have been doing timelapse videos almost every day and have also been documenting the ongoing flooding situation throughout Southeast Idaho.  I will do a big weather update and discuss more about the flooding shortly.  Here are all the latest videos.

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The Latest Around Southeast Idaho

The snow has melted and the grass has sprouted and gardens are being tilled.  You know what that means?  Its severe weather season.  Yes, It is already May 14 2012 and the Northwest has already had its first Slight risk for severe weather as outlined by the Storm Prediction Center.  I have also already attended my annual skywarn meeting as well.  Temps have risen dramatically in the last 3 days.  We had temps in the upper 70’s yesterday and today we had very widely scattered thunderstorms.  Soon we will be on our last predicted frost/freeze and I will be venturing into the garden to plant some seeds.  I cant wait.

As I always do, I will be actively chasing any severe storms here in Idaho.  I also plan to venture into UT/MT/WY for big severe weather events.  There is no new equipment to mention but I am eager to take some lightning shots and shoot some beautiful structure from a decent thunderstorm.  I have yet to really hear anything about how active the season will be for us.  I can only hope it will be very active and will bless me with great times and awesome photos/memories.

Well, Stay Tuned.  I will be updating this blog more often since we are now in that pattern again.  Thanks for stopping by.

-Gerrit Gulden

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Timelapse Videos Are BAAAAAAAAAACK!!!!

For all of my loyal Timelapse fans, the season has begun where I do a timelapse for each thunderstorm forecasted day.  The chance can be as slim as can be and I will still to a video.  Each video is unique in its own way with cloud structure and development as well as speed and direction.  Thus far this year I have done around 3 total.  All of them turned out great.  There is still some things that I can do to get some of the visual problems taken care of like the view of my blinds and also the black sun.  As I am writing this I am getting ideas.  I also plan to go High definition.  That would be awesome.  There are also bigger goals like Mounting a camera outside up high to get a more in depth view of the sky.  All of these plans will eventually be carried out.

For now, You can expect a new video almost every week.  I am also doing some scenery and wildlife videos as well from Around Idaho.  So be on alert for those.

Here are the latest Videos………

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Possible Severe Weather, April 2, 2011

It looks like the storm prediction center has issued a See Text Outlook with 5% risk for severe winds here in Eastern Idaho.  If the forecast does indeed turn out to be true I will be out chasing.  I have yet to look at all the models to get an idea of what time it will occur as well as all the dynamics involved.  I am thinking it will be an afternoon/evening event.  I will be charging the camera’s and finishing homework tonight so that I will be free tommorow. 

I will give an update sometime tonight with more details. Stay Tuned. 

-Gerrit