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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.

http://www.severeidaho.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=50

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.

http://www.severeidaho.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=51

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.

-gerrit

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Winter Storms Continue to Pound the Northwest

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…

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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 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.

In the mean time, please go visit http://www.severeidaho.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=7 to see the lightning I captured on July 8th. 

Also Visit http://www.severeidaho.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=41 to see Firework photos from Rigby Lake. 

Have a Great week and stay cool out there. 

 

-gerrit

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The Monsoon & Local Weather Update

June 15 is now the offical start to the Monsoon as declared by the NWS offices in Arizona.  Does that mean the winds have have shifted?  No,  Before this Year Arizona NWS offices would Declare the start of the Monsoon when Dewpoints would reach 55 degree Dewpoints for 3 days straight, this was the usual indicator of the Monsoon.  Starting this Year the Monsoon will be Calendar Based and we only hope that Mother Nature will cooperate with the start date.  Today there were several storms on the Arizona/Mexico border.  There is also a Huge Upper High pressure building fast over the 4 corner region and this could be an indicator of things to come.  Already there is Dry convection occuring our area to the North near Island Park.  I imagine the Fire weather threat will get off to a quick start since this weeks Forecast Highs look to be in the 80’s to mid 80’s with very low humidities (very dry air).   The Mountains of Idaho already have Thunder in there forecast while us in the Plain and Upper Plain will see mostly clear to partly cloudy skies.  Some convection could suprise us, but not expecting any thunderstorms or dry ones for that matter since Models and Forecasts dont really show much in the way of Thunderstorm activity. 

 

Not much else to update on really.  I have been spending some evenings near the South Fork of the Snake river fishing with my nephews.  We have been doing pretty good as well.  Thus far we have caught a 4 pound Male Brown,  3 pound Female Brown, tons of rainbows (1-2 pound) and even caught a couple of Cutthroats which we released,  matter of fact all the fish we have caught so far has been Catch and Release.  It makes it fun, plus we dont waste the catch by freezer burn if you know what I am talking about.  I am anxiously awaiting some Thunderstorm activity and hope to have a great photo op soon.  Cross those fingers…  =)

Have a great week…..

-gerrit

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Weather Update May 31 2008

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.

-gerrit

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December 1st 2007 Update

It has definitely been a short while since I have updated this blog about the weather.  However the circumstances are there for not being so active.  My Cat “Mommy Kitty” passed away before thanksgiving and then with the holidays and lack of any real weather around here except for cold temperatures I just found myself busy with life.  None the less I going to do a quick update about past and upcoming weather.

The weather up till this day has mostly just been Cold with a small amount of snow every now and then.  Winter weather still cant make up its mind if it wants to dump good snow amounts for Southeast Idaho and that could be changing pretty soon.  As far as this coming week looks I am guessing the snow will start a comeback as Snow is predicted almost everyday thru the week with Low temperatures looking promising for all snow.  The good thing is that the Weather Models are starting to agree on Higher Moisture amounts so no matter the precipitation type we should be getting a good deal of moisture shortly.    The Central Mountains and areas further up north will absolutely get pounded this week with possible feet of snow.  I have been watching the Forecasts for the Upper Snake River Plain and am hoping that trends start to point to a more wetter scenario which will result in heavier snow amounts for the Plain.  This could happen if the Arctic air takes a more westerly and southerly route which in turn would cover our region fully.  I am anticipating highlights for this week and plan to Update this blog accordingly.

Stay Tuned…

-gerrit

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Severe Weather Review Sep,6,2007

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…

 

-gerrit 

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Urgent Weather Update Sep,4 2007

Interesting weather scenario is upon us now.  Several Watches and Warnings to mention already. 

Severe Thunderstorm Watch

http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=pih&wwa=Severe%20Thunderstorm%20Watch

Click to See Info on the Watch……..

 

Flash Flood Watch

http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=pih&wwa=Flash%20Flood%20Watch

Click to View Flash Flood Watch Info

 

Weather Discussion

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…..

-gerrit

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Weather Update September 1st 2007

Well the weather has been relatively calm around the Upper Snake Plain.  Few thunderstorms rumbled thru the area late afternoon yesterday bringing rain and a rumble of thunder or two.  Having my car in the shop due to an alternator and battery problem I was stuck at the house watching the storms from my front yard.  It was cool watching the clouds roll by and see a flash of lightning every now and then and the cool looking rain foot (or curtain,etc) that emerged from the storms.  I imagine decent rain fell where the storms were. 

The latest on Upcoming weather is a Strong Upper Level Low for Tuesday and Wednesday this coming week.  Local NWS hasnt really had a good idea of how much moisture can be expected, if at all.  As far as thoughts it will cool down quite a bit.  We could see Highs anywhere from 60-70 and lows down to the 40’s in the snake river plain.  The question of the day is will the daytime temperatures for both days be enough to promote instability and how much moisture will be present.  If Moisture is around 1 inch qpf or more and enough instability is around, we could possibly see strong to severe storms.  For now Im guessing the main event will be a drastic cooldown and nothing more.  Im sure by Monday we will know alot more on what is coming. 

After visiting the SPC website this evening I noticed 3 tornado reports for Southern California.  The reports consisted of a Funnel cloud in Lancaster,Ca (2 reports) and 1 report for a Tornado in Kern County,CA which is Considered the Eastern Sierra’s.  No pictures that I could find, but In recent years this has happened as well with the Monsoon being the culprit.  In Most cases with the Monsoon in Southern California there is flash flooding,  Dangerous winds and on occasion large hail.  I will be checking for more info on these reports in the next 2 days and will update this blog accordingly. 

Well, Fall will be here soon.  Im sure there is foilage erupting in many parts of the nation and around the world.  I am hoping to do some drives in the Peak Foilage season to update the gallery.  Im also planning a Yellowstone trip.  Stay Tuned. 

thanks for stopping by and Have a Wonderful Labor Day……….

-gerrit

 

p/s-  I just renewed the Domain for 2 additional Years.  Offically SevereIdaho.Com has been online for 2 years.  I hope for many more to come.  Thanks for Being a Fan of SevereIdaho.Com……

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Weather Update August 28th 2007

Well its been dry and warm and even a bit smoky around Southeast Idaho.  But all that looks to change by Thursday and last into Sunday.  Looks like Monsoonal Moisture will slowly push back northward into the Highlands and eventually into the forecast area for a 30% chance for Wet and Dry Storms.  The storms will start out Dry but eventually turn out wet with decent rainfall under the cores of most thunderstorms.  No big speculation yet on the intensity of the storms but things can change quickly. 

I hope you all got a chance at watching the Lunar Eclipse last night.  I stayed up till around 4am watching the Eclipse.  Watching the Moon slowly turn to Black and then Red was amazing.  I did try to take some photos, but they didnt turn out as good as I hoped.  From what I read, The next eclipse wont be for another possible 80 years.  Simply amazing how everything works. 

Well I am awaiting the Winter 2007/2008 outlook, They released a Fall Outlook and we look pretty Dryer than average and Warmer than average.  Hopefully we still get some good storms.  Stay Tuned…

 

-gerrit