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Spring & Summer Severe Weather Recap 2016 w/videos!

Spring brought with it Above Normal Temperatures, less severe weather and general thunderstorms. Was a lack luster year, and Fall on the Horizon October 2 2016 would go out with a major Severe Weather event for Eastern Idaho. In The summer a wildfire known as the Henry’s Creek Wildfire broke out with intense winds and plenty of fuel brush and pine as well as wild grass which in turn resulted in a very large wild fire that would keep firefighting crews and agencies involved very busy and very concerned. In the end with better weather and even showers the wild fire came to an end. This wildfire would give me several days to try and document the fire. End total for the year would be about 3-5 severe weather related videos and other videos that only showcase clouds and general weather. Now for the videos.

1. Henry’s Creek Wildfire

2. Fort Hall Brush Fire

3. Severe Thunderstorm & Tornado Warning

3. General Weather

Thanks for taking the time to read this. I appreciate you for stopping by.

-Gerrit Gulden

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2016 Severe Weather Summary For Eastern Idaho

Well, Has everyone liked the website overhaul thus far? I still have a few things left to complete, but I wanted the basics covered. So, I know it has been a good while since I last updated this blog. To all my hardcore fans that stuck with me since 2005, I greatly appreciate your interest in Severe Thunderstorms from Idaho. Since 2014 I have met other chasers in the area, and I must say They are talented. It’s been a dream of mine to create a Network of Chasers from Idaho. It might shock them, but I am going to invite the following To SevereIdaho.Com. Where they will have access to their individual galleries, blog and what ever they wish to have on this domain. Kurt Wilcow, Ken Carbonaro, and Shelton Nelson I would love if you could be a part of a dream I have had for a long time. I have picked you because Your Passion shows and Your dedication is vast. Contact me via FB if your interested so we can work out some plans.

To everyone that follow Severe Idaho, here is the severe weather summary for eastern idaho.

2016 was a lack luster year except for The Tornado Warned Storms Event on October 2nd 2016.

I spent more time sight seeing than chasing. I do know this winter I am planning to document some major winter storms. So stay tuned for them. In conclusion 2016 went out with a bang for severe weather. @ days ago we have a severe wind event at night. Many places saw power outages, luckily in Rigby we had power the entire time. This was due to substantial weakening of the embedded thunderstorms, The frontal passage was intense, with 50+ mph gusts. Which left a slightly colder air in place. October was sure to break records temp wise for warmer temps. Talk right now is that Winter 2016-2017 could be a rather intense one. Stay Tuned. Thanks for stopping by.

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Latest Chases and Upcoming Chases

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.

Pictures here.

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.

Video Here.

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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.

Pictures here.

Video Here.

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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.


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Timelapse Photography Videos

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Slight chance for thunderstorms on this day. I started the timelapse at 7am and went till 8pm. Minor convection occured while the cold front moved into Eastern Idaho as you can see. Currently at 9pm there is scattered showers. Thunderstorm Potential Rises for the 22nd here and will be doing another video. Stay Tuned.

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There was a better chance for thunderstorms today. I woke up around 10am and started the Camera. Went outside to see tons of cloud cover and figured the chances were slim to none. Ended up getting a thunderstorm around 12pm with very tiny hail. Some were almost 1/4 inch thick. The storm passed to the Northeast and then heavy showers came in and then the rain turned to snow. The snow was heavy and accumulated close to a half inch within 30 minutes. The snow ended around 1-2pm and then just became mostly cloudy. Currently at 9pm there is a mix of rain and snow and accumulations could reach 1-3 inches of snow overnight into tommorow morning.

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How to Capture Lightning Photos with your Camcorder or video camera.

I noticed my Tutorial on Photographing lightning has been getting many hits a day.  I figured I might as well share my secret on getting lightning photos with a camcorder or video camera.  Believe it or not, 30% of my photos were actually part of a video that I recorded.  This method will no doubt make Lightning photography very simple even during the day.  The biggest challenge with daytime lightning photographs is trying to eliminate the light of the day and still be able to capture a light source (lightning).  With a camcorder you eliminate exposure and fstop settings and will get a quality image each time. 

Here are the pro’s of Lightning shots from a Video camera.

1. you dont have to worry about timing the lightning to catch it.  Just have your camcorder recording in the direction of the storm.

2. Depending on the size of tape or disk or memory card on your camcorder the more time you can sit back , relax and let the camcorder do all the work.

I can list many more as well.


Now for some Cons……..

1. Quality of a lightning photos from video compared to an actual photograph from a camera will vary.  Camcorders are slowly getting higher frames per second and this will allow for better clarity of your image, however if your using a 7+ megapixel Camera the video photos will look like 3 or 4 megapixel photos.  However you will have more lightning shots comapred to just a digital camera.

2. You need to know how to Transfer your video to your Computer with either a firewire or usb transfer which could take a while.

3. You end up doing more work for the finished product compared to a digital camera which produces your shot immediately, however with a camcorder you are cheating and the extra work should be worth it. 



Things you will need.

1. Camcorder

2. Tripod  ( if you dont have a tripod then set your camera on a flat surface.  Any video with lightning while the camcorder is moving will result in a blurry image.

3. Virtual Dub software (free software)

4. Image editor to paste the captured frame.

5 Common sense and weather knowledge.  Dont risk your life for a shot.  If you can do your recording from a car or under a roof then do it.  Dont be the only person in the middle of an open field while lightning is striking all around you.  PLEASE NOTE:  While I write this tutorial to help you achieve the ultimate, I cannot be held responsible for any injury caused to you or death from use of this guide.  I write this in hopes that you practice any activity during a storm as safe as you can as I do myself. 


Waiting for the storm…..

Assuming you know your way around Radar software and weather forecasts as well as the storm prediction centers forecast tools  (    ) I will believe that you know when a storm is expected.   WHEN you have a storm in range set your camcorder on your tripod with a fuilly charged battery in the direction of the lightning.  Also note that the storm is always moving so move your camcorder with the storm or in the direction of the most active lightning.  Try to watch the storm while the camcorder is recording.  With every lightning bolt try to remember the time on the tape (this will help in the production stage).  After you are pleased with an amount of lightning recorded on your camcorder simply take everything inside, its now time to see what you got.


After you have transfered your media to your pc and have installed VIRTUAL DUB (see things you need) it is now time to see the lightning bolts.


2 .    Load your Video and let Virtual Dub do its thing when opening the video file. 

PRESS PLAY………………………………….




Now you need to open your image editor and Paste the Frame into the editor.  Mostly Right click and paste as new image or use “edit tab” and paste image. 


Your end result will be


I hope you find this tutorial very helpful.  If you have any questions please leave a comment or email me and I will be glad to help. 


Have fun out there and sTay SAFE…….


-gerrit gulden

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July 15 2008 Monsoon Update

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 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.

In the mean time, please go visit to see the lightning I captured on July 8th. 

Also Visit to see Firework photos from Rigby Lake. 

Have a Great week and stay cool out there. 



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The Weather Around Southeast Idaho

Drought?  Heat Ridge?  Jet Stream too far north?

The typical questions when it comes to Southeast Idaho’s weather.  The latest trend of dry and warm days has pretty much kept strong ever since Late April.  With maybe only 3/4’s of an inch to report since the start of the spring season, I cant help but question myself why we are in this pattern.  There have been plenty of storms from the Pacific, yet the Jet stream has favored the panhandle and Montana while keeping us in the southeast Dry and warm.  We have had several cool downs from being brushed by storms or getting a storm which was mainly dry with a decent cooling in the backend of the storm. 

Will the weather start getting interesting around here?  Well thats a good question.  From Weather Models to NWS office discussions the differences are there 100%.  But this isnt isolated.  Appears that so far this year Models have been giving pretty much every forecaster his/her run for the money with the end result either on the money or far off. 

The Monsoon season is expected to start in the next couple of weeks.  With a decent surge of moisture and dewpoints and Reversal of winds we could see a Rise in thunderstorm or shower activity for most of the summer.  Thats if the Monsoon stays active, from recent years it is typically a week on, week off deal.  With plenty of Tropical weather expected I dont think the Monsoon will be below average, hopefully it brings us some Moisture and thunderstorms. 

The lack of weather has been the cause for lack of updates and lack of picture updates as well.  Its bothering to myself that no pictures have been uploaded since March/April.  I only hope that all changes very soon. 

Stay Tuned,  This sunday could have a thunderstorm or two in the mix for us.  Will update later with more info.  For now,  Dry and Warm and maybe even HOT by this weekend.