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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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… =)
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)
Quick update to inform those that dont know already. The Snake River plain will receive around 2-4 inches as predicted by the NWS Pocatello. The Low currently is only expected to remain as far north as Salt Lake, however, If this storm moves further north towards Wyoming we could get pounded. As far as the latest model trends I still think there is a good chance this could happen since Wednesdays models hinted at a Further south trajectory and todays models showing a more northerly which in turn is the reason for expecting 2-4 inches. This storm bears plenty of watching as it could be a huge storm for our area which in turn could be great for our drought. I wont speculate much else on the storm really other than I hope we get what the NWS was expecting earlier in the week and that is Significant snow.
Far Southeast Idaho is looking good for heavy snow. If only the low could push further north. I will be checking throughout the day tommorow to see what happens and will update if any forecasts change.
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.
Some concerns from the NWS Pocatello as a Potent Upper Low will movie in tonight and into Saturday bringing with it Heavy Rain and eventually snow for all areas. The ground temperature is still quite warm, thus I think is the reason that we arent seeing a Storm Watch or warning. Im sure if the ground was frozen then the NWS would be a little more concerned since they are thinking by the time the ground does get to freezing Friday Night we could see snow accumulations up to 3 inches. Had the ground already been frozen it couldve been possible to see accumulations up to 5+ inches. None the less, this storm has the potential to create a lot of hazards, hence the Special Weather Statement.
From what I have heard, In the latest years this year is the earliest Idaho has seen snow in the valley. From what I remember the earliest snow was around Halloween time. As usual, I am hoping this is a precursor of whats to come in the Winter. Hoping for a blizzard and extreme accumulations will bring a end to a drought that has been a huge concern for the area. I’m crossing my fingers.
Stay Tuned Folks, For now expect the storm to start out as rain for the valley area’s. Then turn to snow late Friday and into Saturday which could accumulate anywhere from 1-3 inches for the Lower and Upper Snake River plain. I will post any watches, warnings that come about in the next 3 days.