Some Favorite Days - Just One Image For Each Select Day/Chase
I'm not overly sure on the point of this page. I thought it might be fun to pick some favorite days, but then just use one favorite image from that day. So it's not really a favorite images page, as the better days are going to have a lot of the favorites, not just one. It's kind of a way to quantify some total experience. As much stuff that is on here, I often feel like I do pretty poorly as a chaser. Making this page shows me that all the more. I've seen some cool stuff but it just feels sad to think what should have and could have been over all these years. Not exactly complaining but just being honest. Some years there are a lot of days to be bringing home prizes. Others it's damn hard to find any. I can handle the slower years better than I can handle not taking full advantage of the better years. I'm straight up an average storm chaser but chasing some of the other things beyond storms, those make me feel a little better with the take home. Like optics, ice storms(so silly easy to "chase" lol), geese, whatever. If I take those other things out, as a whole I'm feeling pretty unfulfilled. Sure there are plenty of video only deals too, where there wasn't much to take photos of. But you take 2004 out and things seem even more lame. And all the crazy stuff that year provided, good grief did I miss half the stuff. I'm thrilled with what I saw, but then nagged by not everything I screwed up, but a lot of what I screwed up. Like I wish I had done at least better than about 50% I guess. Anyway on with the "collection". Thought it'd be cool to do them larger as well.
The first one above was an amazing experience and the first chase with a still camera. July 26, 2002 in the corner of southeast NE. http://www.extremeinstability.com/02-07-26.html Storm became a supercell, put on a crazy lightning show as it moved overhead, then died to the east just as fast. It was seriously an oh my god I can't believe this is happening experience, which is the main goal in chasing...to see a storm take on looks you can't believe are happening.
Awesome bow echo chase west of Watertown SD August 3, 2012. http://www.extremeinstability.com/2012-8-3.html A very fast paced chase and crazy scene here as the bow echo, moving 60mph down the highway, overtakes a roadside chapel and cross. Couldn't really believe the photo op when I saw it and the fact I was currently in a position to pull over and shoot it. It would overtake you and it'd be at least another 10 miles of driving fast before you could think of even stopping again.
The most crazy night structure I've seen, June 19, 2011 in southern Nebraska. http://www.extremeinstability.com/2011-6-19.html Like tsunami structure that just kept on raging across far southern NE. Two supercells had actually merged and this unfolded instead of a bow echo like it looked would happen. It was crazy to see this and know what it just came from.
Intense convection on a July chase in 2003 with a crazy aqua colored sky. I evidently didn't find this chase worthy enough to even leave in the accounts section, as there is no link for it now. After you see some crazy structure, you kinda want to whittle the site down a bit for those. Like the first one on this page, this was shot with the old Sony F707. Back then I even had the thing set to 3 megapixel instead of 5, just to save space lol. The good ol 128mb sony memory sticks. Maybe it was 64mb I had.
Another from back in 2003 with the Sony. http://www.extremeinstability.com/03-8-5.html Nice small electrified tower with the moon next to it.
Another small electrified tower(mini-supercell in this case) May 5, 2003. Evidently the first time I shot lightning. http://www.extremeinstability.com/03-05-05.html Fun getting hailed on from this as it entered Fremont NE.
Got kinda hooked on trying to get eagle vs geese shots. http://www.extremeinstability.com/09winter-squaw-eagles.html About $2,000 on rented gear hooked, over a couple years. Should have just went more times and used my 100-400L. Renting the Canon 600 and 800 for a lot of days didn't prove as worthy as I had hoped. Think this one was 600mm with a 1.4x on for 840mm.
http://www.extremeinstability.com/04-11-8.html The first extreme geomagnetic storm I witnessed in 2004. This stuff blew my mind. Mostly the 10 minute outburst at 2 a.m. blew my mind.
This will probably be the most messed up storm I've seen for awhile. The July 13, 2009 Valentine Nebraska beast. http://www.extremeinstability.com/09-7-13.html Picking just one photo from this deal for this page was tough. It's darker out than it seems at the time of the photo, but not a lot. A bright flash of lightning was happening right of frame as I started the shot. I think the shutter was 1/4 second mounted to my window. That flashing was like a camera flash on the storm and the trucks. That is why they show like that. Then their lights trail over the remaining 1/4 second. This storm was completely nuts. Supercell for probably 6 hours, starting off the Black Hills. A whole year can suck, then you get one of these come along and leave you with a lot of photo ops.
http://www.extremeinstability.com/08-6-18fogstorm.html Had just shot a great sunrise and happened to drive up to the Pinnacles overlook in the badlands. Fog could be see streaming southeast from the Black Hills. I then believe outflow from storms south of the Badlands shot north and basically rose the southward moving fog into this fog storm wall deal. It was crazy crazy to see. Was like, what is happening. Blasted through with zero visibility and probably 60mph winds. I wasn't even there storm chasing.
The world record size hail producer about 45 minutes after producing that hail. This thing was a beast from the get go, now at Chamberlain SD. I only wish I had known the record hail was falling earlier while on it, as I would have went in for some. http://www.extremeinstability.com/2010-7-23.html
May 24, 2004 a supercell in southern Nebraska produced upwards of 15 tornadoes in 2 hours. I saw a bunch of them, this being one after it moved into KS. http://www.extremeinstability.com/04-5-24.html This was surely the most un-excited I've been after seeing tornadoes. Who knows why exactly. I just remember barely even being happy after this one. I'm usually giddy the whole drive home with the catch. 8 days earlier I got a great storm and tornadoes and was much more excited. lol and that day won't even be on this page.
A pretty dumb chase day in southwest Nebraska August 17, 2005. http://www.extremeinstability.com/05-8-17.html What I remember about this one, was it was around the time the gas really started to go up. Didn't seem worth the trip at the price gas was. This sunset from a storm later in the chase tried to help salvage the expense.
Just another time at Squaw Creek. This time getting a few keepers with the 100-400. Eagles either fly away when your car is 3 blocks away or they won't fly away. This guy might have landed on my arm if held it out. http://www.extremeinstability.com/09squaweagles.html
Crazy storm that now has a little bit of internet history lol. It's hard not to end up hating a storm after so much history on the internet. Hear about it being wrongly claimed or posted here and there 1 billion times and well eventually it's annoying. I almost didn't chase this day, May 28, 2004 in northeast Nebraska. http://www.extremeinstability.com/04-5-28.html May 10 through June 13 that year in the plains is hard to top.
I saw most of the tornadoes in northwest Iowa on this little outbreak day but weren't very close on the first good ones. http://www.extremeinstability.com/04-6-11.html About gave up and headed for home before catching the ones around Ft Dodge that evening. About got my car stuck while shooting the above. This tornado was really pretty crazy. At one point it was like a cone half way down that then had a perfect rope going the rest of the way. It was quite different. Then that lower part at the ground had this crazy break down into 5 or 6 perfectly spaced vortices. Like those tornado boxes you can build where they make individual tubes.
http://www.extremeinstability.com/06-6-10.html Really a pretty lame chase day(hey it was 2006, what does one expect) that resulted in a fairly cool scene south of I80 by Southerland NE.
http://www.extremeinstability.com/09squawfire.html A several hundred feet high firenado at Squaw Creek with the geese migration. This was quite the surprise and so damn cool. It lasted at least 10 minutes. Was spinning quite fast and throwing things on fire for awhile.
http://www.extremeinstability.com/04-6-13.html A crazy crazy storm near Lincoln Nebraska in 2004. Of course this happens on a day I didn't even plan to be chasing...it was 2004! 2004 it wasn't having to hope a day panned out, it was simply just be there for when it does because it is going to pan out somewhere.
The tornado and alligator head near/over Hill City Kansas June 9, 2005. http://www.extremeinstability.com/05-6-9.html What a special storm and scene. It's not that uncommon to get the alligator head shaped inflow cloud, but it is to that degree with all the teeth AND have a big ol tornado right next to it. That tornado went on for about 30 minutes. Most chasers this day were southeast of that and unable to see all this part. Little troubling to leave here only to hit 1 lane road construction in like the first mile, with this all biting at our heals. They had a huge lead time by that point to know this was coming. People were getting out of their cars yelling at the flag person. More tornadoes happened after this one, including a pair at the same time.
Watching over 1 million snow geese crammed in one small body of water is simply amazing. Doubting it happens very many places on the planet like this to this degree, if any other place. Takes the right weather conditions to get it to happen. http://www.extremeinstability.com/09squawgeese.html 2009 spring was warm early, so they all started back north early. Then cold and snow got laid down just north. They wind up pooling here.
The best aurora display I've seen May 14, 2005. Top of the scale KP9 on this one, which I think happens on average 4 times during an 11 year solar cycle is all. http://www.extremeinstability.com/05-5-15-.html It's big when you can look straight up and see this in Nebraska. In 2004 I kinda blew it with a slightly out of focus kit lens. This one I largely blew by going off the LCD images. They all wound up very much under-exposed. Been waiting for an extreme event since then to do it right. 7 years later and there still hasn't been one. Amazing visual event though, with these extremely fast moving vapor roll like clouds, which are too faint to even image(I may have imaged them in 2004 though on a longer exposure). They race across the entire sky at hard to comprehend speeds and are easily the most impressive thing to see with auroras. I think they are largely relegated to these extreme class storms though.
The Hanover Kansas tornado April 6, 2006. http://www.extremeinstability.com/06-4-6.html The only tornado I saw in 2006. It was cool when it formed but in no time it was on top of me. I wish I had not jumped so far east out of the way and pulled over again sooner. Once I turned east I couldn't see where it was, as it was above my passenger door frame. I could just see the rain flying around and coming at me.
Another year at Squaw Creek with over 1 million snow geese. Always a crazy sight. http://www.extremeinstability.com/2011snowgeese.html If you spend most of a day there, the noise will be stuck in your head hours after you have left. Also if you stare at that all day, you'll see stuff "crawling" later. Like a painted wall or cement floor will look like it's moving with geese dots.
http://www.extremeinstability.com/07-3-28.html The only good tornado I saw in 2007, tornadoes actually. March 28, 2007 night wedges in southwest Nebraska. The first night tornado images I got and some pretty good ones. I was shocked when I saw the first wedge, which I only got on video. Didn't even see in person that there were two wedges next to each other(driving and hills in the way). Then I pull over here near Grant NE and due south of me is the most crazy tornado motion. This stout barrel tornado was so damn wound up but then it was gone by the time I set up. Soon an egg-beater bowl tornado was there which turned into this to my west as the storm moved northwest. This quickly turned into a huge wedge a half mile wide. Awesome night and thankfully it moved west of Grant.
http://www.extremeinstability.com/04-7-12.html July 12, 2004. This was an utterly amazing storm before this photo. An hour before it was a 70,000 foot tall supercell not moving one bit with a big tornado under it. Like many tornado events, the stills aren't much to look at, while the video is pretty damn cool. As it was now gusting out, it was moving about 70mph down this highway. Of course it was a 2004 storm. The year that every storm would be a slow moving tornado producer. This had extreme instability and crap for shear. Just went deviant down a boundary.
A fairly boring aurora display that went completely ballistic with red for 15-20 minutes. October 24, 2011. http://www.extremeinstability.com/2011-10-24.html And that is how aurora events often go. If you have any sign of them happening, I'd stay out. The big crazy periods are usually only 15-20 minute events. So often people later will be like, "I was out, I didn't see anything." Yeah well did you stay out for hours? No.
Not a great day by any stretch, but a cool scene was buried in it. http://www.extremeinstability.com/09-6-21.html June 21, 2009 in central Iowa. A pair of barely supercells had formed. The southern one gets a tornado warning and everyone bails for it, leaving this one just moments before this. Glad I held out for what I could see this one doing at that moment. Funnel was close and it even had a couple helical vortices coming off it. I swear there are people chasing that would be sitting here where I was, see this funnel start, then see the southern storm go tornado warned on their laptop and just leave right away, letting this go.
2004 again. August 26 near Coin Iowa. People seem to love this structure. I've never been that crazy fond of it. It produced a couple tornadoes already. By this point it was producing these crazy wisp deals off the ground. White multiple-vortices coming and going, dancing around under there. Wish I had been closer as those were cooler than the structure. http://www.extremeinstability.com/04-8-26.html
An awesome supercell near Grand Island Nebraska May 10, 2005. http://www.extremeinstability.com/05-5-10.html It was actually winding down a lot by this photo. I liked the more perfectly round barrel structure just before this point. But the lighting now was quite cool. Enough twilight left back there to look like sunset over a longer exposure.
The epitome of amazing experience but maybe not so amazing photos. http://www.extremeinstability.com/2010-5-22.html There is a big and very violent wedge taking up 1/4 of the left side of the photo, north of Bowdle SD. My favorite tornadic storm to date(2012). Watched the initial large cone close in, from its path, moved, watched it reform and go nuts really really close to the west of me, then intercepted it again here north of Bowdle. I did great on the first 2 intercept points I think, but blew this one. It's only a half mile or so up there in this ultrawide angle shot. Some situations are so amazingly violent and special that really, it's worth being even closer. More inside the rain dump around it there was a lot clearer view. I figured it was packed with chasers up there and nowhere to pull over, plus a cop had been parked there that I could see. I would have been to this spot sooner, but very strong wind blown rain around the tornado just before had covered the inside of my windshield with water, all of it. Took me a bit to find something to clean that, plus I wanted to keep shooting the tornado there, so kept shooting and putting off cleaning. Anyway, this was a case of a storm amazing you in how violent it can become. This was an utter beast, a scary beast.
http://www.extremeinstability.com/09-7-14.html One of those things I don't count on seeing again, at least this intense. Noctilucent clouds. They are rare this far south. I was only out to check on some local storms. I was driving on the bridge over the river and right away they caught my eye to the northwest. Was like, what the hell is that, they were so bright and it was dark out now, well after sunset. Knew right away what they were. Flew off the road, setting up as quickly as I could, just for sure they'd fade before I could image them. The pink clouds at the top are regular clouds lit up by town. The white and yellow wavy deals are crazy bright noctilucent clouds.
Beasty supercell in eastern Colorado near Limon June 2, 2005. http://www.extremeinstability.com/05-6-2.html I was on the storm early as it moved southeast. At Limon I went southeast as it was raging into town, it then turned due east. I would have had epic structure views had I knew to go east(or just been getting there late from the east).
The most intense circumzenithal arc I've seen. http://www.extremeinstability.com/09-1-14.html This was behind a blizzard and so freaking cold and windy out. 0F with 40mph winds or something. The upside down rainbow arc is straight up. If you see other optics like sundogs, its worth arching your neck and looking way up. When I'd get away from the river I'd lose the arc. Pretty sure it was the river steam turning to ice crystals doing it. Or just coincidence I left, lose it, come back and see it again.
June 7, 2005 near the Badlands of South Dakota. http://www.extremeinstability.com/05-6-7.html I was never thrilled with this storm's structure. It was cool to be on this desolate road, no one around, badland structures(sorta) and this storm with the small tornado under it. The later shelf was probably more exciting to watch though.
Fog bows can be fun to shoot. Fog bows by the sun can be hard enough to get. Lunar fog bows that much harder, as you need the moon low in the sky with the just right ground fog. Hardest part about getting fog bows is having good fog but also having an open area towards the light source so the light isn't getting blocked by fog. Had to try the star trail with this one. I was quickly losing night though. http://www.extremeinstability.com/2010-8-25.html
A pretty awesome tornado catch and experience June 20, 2011 near Bradshaw NE. http://www.extremeinstability.com/2011-6-20.html Just 2 days prior I figured my whole 2011 was a loss. Then the night before this was the crazy tsunami structure. In less than 24 hours time it turned around nicely. A year later this winds up the cover of September's National Geographic Magazine. It took some restraint this chase to not jump to other storms too late and then not be in position for this target area.
A chase day I blew. Missed the Big Springs NE tornado by a hair, well saw the very end of it actually. June 10, 2004. http://www.extremeinstability.com/04-6-10.html Kinda cool scene here later though I guess.
March 30, 2008 in southwest Oklahoma. http://www.extremeinstability.com/08-3-30.html Cool twilight supercell. The storm tried hard after dark but got pretty grungy underneath.
June 26, 2008 severe line in Grand Island NE. http://www.extremeinstability.com/08-6-26.html Actually was some pretty cool linear structure on this chase to be had. I just love city lit shelf structures for some reason. I made the mistake of going for that shot in town rather than the edge of town. My lens wasn't clean either, so the lights would leave the smear streaks.
Saw early tornadoes with this storm, then it struggled west of Grand Island, June 17, 2009. http://www.extremeinstability.com/09-6-17.html I then give up on it producing any more tornadoes after watching it struggle. I hop on the interstate to get out of the crowds and get east for structure quicker, only to have it finally produce again on the highway I just left. Completely blew a great tornado op after nailing the whole day up to that point. That's how I roll. I kept at it after dark though with amazing twilight structure ops. Most at this point I think were eating their steak dinners in celebration of the tornado catch. Or in the case of a chaser friend, showing me his video in my window right now lol. I was like, yeah I know but look right now. Blowing that tornado and being 3 miles away on the interstate stung but at least this helped later.
http://www.extremeinstability.com/09-8-9.html Really just typical whales mouth shelf structure here, but many seem to like it. The chase was actually pretty fun right after this over in Rockport MO. August 9, 2009. Really high winds tearing things up a bit and powerlines sparking near the gas station.
Quite a lot I could have picked from this trip but can only pick one and it's an easy one. http://www.extremeinstability.com/2012-1-24.html Went to the Badlands just to go and for a possible aurora op. The prize wound up being a super insane fireball I caught while shooting a time lapse. I saw it happen and about crapped myself. Finding tornadoes is a 100 times easier than catching something like this. It was messed up how bright it was. It was hard to look at bright, as it pulsed. Anyone that has taken photos of meteors or have tried know that even the bright stuff doesn't like to show up well, even with a fast lens. This was F3.5 at 800 ISO is all and it is bright as hell.
August 6, 2007 in town here. I was coming back from a chase and as I was entering town, storms were colliding into a line. The lightning in town went completely crazy, but hell if I was ready. And soon the rain behind these beefy bases would kill any photography hopes. I pull over and try to hand hold an 800 ISO shot to get the structure. Kept trying to hold it still enough then I see this crazy close bolt start and I quick draw'd the thing and got the end. This is at 13mm on a crop sensor. The bolt is hitting a block or less away. Can see the rain drops froze in air by the flash. Man why couldn't it hit in frame!
A really cool lightning experience at Devils Tower. http://www.extremeinstability.com/07-6-16-3.html I was chasing here earlier and came back. Some crap convection put on quite the lightning display. Bad thing was over half of all these really close bolts were hitting right behind my car. I was pretty stopped down incase something hit like the tree in front of me, so they are all basically underexposed. If only I had known about that gravel road on the other side of the tower, that I know of now. It was amazing but it would have been more so from there with a whole lot more bolts to get with the tower and close.
http://www.extremeinstability.com/2010-6-16.html The amazing stationary tornado machine near Dupree SD June 16, 2010. For 2 hours I watched this storm from one location. Finally after farting around with little funnels it went tornado crazy with upwards of 10-11 tornadoes.
End of 2006 ice storm in southern Nebraska. The most ice accumulations I've ever seen. Some areas clearly had over 2 inches of ice. It is not easy for nature to do this. Takes great conditions to even get half an inch of freezing rain somewhere. To get a prolonged extreme dumping, well isn't common or easy. http://www.extremeinstability.com/06-12-31.html
Ewing Nebraska tornado August 18, 2011. http://www.extremeinstability.com/2011-8-18.html Pretty awesome little chase. The tornado really quickly wrapped in rain here as it was also quickly getting blown east at us. Really sucks losing sight of close tornadoes.
http://www.extremeinstability.com/07-12-13.html Another big ice storm, this time northwest Missouri early December 2007. Over an inch of ice on things makes for crazy scenes fast. Was pretty sure a tree would fall on me as I made my way up to this spot. Just an endless string of tree snapping noises in the hills.
Pretty uninteresting supercell followed by insane mammatus August 21, 2007. http://www.extremeinstability.com/07-8-21.html
http://www.extremeinstability.com/2011-12-9.html Freezing fog coated trees in thick frost in western Iowa. Finally found a cool spot for the moon-lit photo op near this half falling down barn. Figures within a couple days that barn was burned. Wanted to do it again with a star trail next time but I guess not.
http://www.extremeinstability.com/2011-5-23.html Awesome mammatus display in northwest Oklahoma May 23, 2011. Whenever the best of the storms are over or the storms sucked, it's often worth a trip to the backside of things to check out mammatus ops.
A rare enjoyable supercell in 2012, May 4th in central Nebraska. http://www.extremeinstability.com/2012-5-4.html A couple supercells before this were fun to watch, then this thing went kinda nuts through Ord.
Late season Blizzard April 5, 2009. http://www.extremeinstability.com/09-4-5.html It wasn't that interesting till part way back home. Usually it goes rain or freezing rain to snow and ends as snow. This area had really really wet sticky snow stuck to things, then experienced a period of freezing rain. So all this packed on snow became encrusted in ice. Just look at the power lines. Some serious jump roping going on in the wind now and none of that is going to shake off. And well the snow plows on the top of the hill trying to open a drift.
I think a lot of people get sketched out solo in the dark. I for sure do. Guess I like this trip for the fact I manned up and walked the notch trail in the Badlands in pitch black solo. Sounds easy enough, but it's easy to get yourself far from your car and let your brain scare you over noises lol. It's 3/4 mile to the end through rough terrain. I just have a way of always convincing myself there are other people around. Early 2012 http://www.extremeinstability.com/2012-3-30.html.
Probably the best fog bow I've seen. http://www.extremeinstability.com/2010-9-4.html
Yet another huge ice storm, though I had to drive to northwest Arkansas for this one. Spun off what I thought were dry roads at 75mph on the way there, the morning after the storm ended. That was a whole lot of not fun. http://www.extremeinstability.com/09-1-28.html January 28, 2009. This was almost as bad as the 2006 event in Kansas and Nebraska. So many photo ops when everything is coated in really really thick ice. I should have done more with this op here. Didn't really realize it was as cool as I now think it is. I was damn tired by this point though, after next to no sleep.
Morning inversion distortion sometime in 2009. http://www.extremeinstability.com/09-8-28.html Anytime you have warming coming up, it might be worth checking for sun mirages at sunrise. Low levels cool off over night so you always have some amount of an inversion, but warming patterns will have even warmer air off the deck moving in. So basically last cooler morning before warming. Like winter optics and low fog chasing, there can be a lot of busts to get to the good stuff.
http://www.extremeinstability.com/09-9-24.html Scenes like this are probably easy in some coastal areas like the northwest. It's not easy here. There's no water out there and no big hills either. 200-300 feet above the valley floor is all this one is. Takes some serious luck to get the fog just right. Need recent rain, then a clear calm night. What really seems to do the trick is a system basically dying out overhead. Rains, clears and then stays stagnant wind wise. It's just a real tricky balance to get deeper thick fog but not too thick. Also any breeze tends to push it up hills and then bury you in it. Still can't get it to do this just right with a bright moon. That is asking too much, clearly.
September 29, 2008 in north Omaha. http://www.extremeinstability.com/08-9-29.html I don't know why I didn't start trying this earlier. About all you need is a good line of storms with a healthy anvil left behind them. They push through then with any crawler activity these love to pull up off the tower or strike down to the tower. This one was odd. Each of the 4 towers has a bolt lifting off it, incrementally dimmer than the other. Seems about 1 in 8 hits are upward crazy bolts. They can get hit a lot of times while sitting there.
http://www.extremeinstability.com/2010-09-2010winter2.html January 2010 crazy ice event near home, mostly western Iowa. 2009-2010 winter was the worst winter here basically. Broke all sorts of duration snow depth records. Deep snow on the ground all winter. Well there was a period of melting and then a whole lot of freezing fog. This left huge amounts of hoar frost one time, that fell off then this time it was a whole lot of rime ice. Then a freezing rain event was to happen. I thought it would be crazy if it fell on the rime ice accumulations without knocking them off...lot more surface area. Well this area got over an inch of freezing rain on thick rime ice. This made for some absurd ice accumulations. Just look at some of the images on the link.
http://www.extremeinstability.com/2010-2-25.html Crazy light pillar event in town, with the moon, February 25, 2010. It takes real cold air and steam from the river or the cargil plant, both on the east side of town. It's fairly common to get them over there. It's just real hard to get arctic air in place and then an easterly wind fetch. Usually going to be a bit warmer with east breeze. Looked like some of the plant's steam plume floated clear into town and produced this outburst of light pillars. I want to get this from a hill somewhere around town. But yeah it's the only time I've seen it happen well into town. Didn't last real long there either.
Just a cool light rays scene with some bird migration. http://www.extremeinstability.com/2012-10-23.html
http://www.extremeinstability.com/2010-09-2010winter1.html Thick pointed frost after some freezing fog in western Iowa. Makes for some amazing scenes if you have the landscape around.
http://www.extremeinstability.com/2012-10-23.html Loess Hills foggy sunrise with cattle fall 2012.
http://www.extremeinstability.com/2012-8-11.html Herons in steam fall 2012 at sunrise in western Iowa. Fall is for sure the steam season with warm water and cooler mornings.
Steamnadoes can be surprisingly cool. It's easy enough to get smaller ones. You just have to look towards the sun to see them. Sometimes conditions are just right and you get larger crazy ones like above. http://www.extremeinstability.com/08-8-29.html This particular time man did they have some wicked motion with them. I wish I had shot video this time. I've tried to get good video since then and it's just not happening like then.
http://www.extremeinstability.com/2010-09-2010winter1.html Silly cold out. You just know it is bad when your ice water is steaming like mad. Not a little steam but a steam machine. Around -25F at the time of the above shot along the Missouri River in western Iowa. It blows my mind just how fast that kind of cold air gets through thick winter clothing. Sure can't shoot long at all before your fingers are toast again. I don't get how wild life survives. If one fell in there, boy would getting out suck.
http://www.extremeinstability.com/08-9-6.html Fog chasing near Pisgah Iowa September 6, 2008. I for whatever reason got hooked on the above fog photo ops. There is something so cool about being in dense ground fog but that you can look up from and see amazingly clear stars. You can't see two car lengths on the highway, but look up and it's amazing. Course then you have fog bow ops too. Always fun coyote pack potential messing around at night too. Might have been this time in this spot I had the wave start sounding off well north of me, but the last coyotes being RIGHT behind me. Like about rock throwing distance away. That time I was away from my car and pretty creeped out by it all.
Omaha lights up storms as stars and a jet trail around it in 2010.
February 6, 2012 frost covers trees at Desoto Bend NWR. http://www.extremeinstability.com/2012-2-6.html Pretty hard to get freezing fog here and no ice on the lake given how shallow it is and how easily it freezes.
http://www.extremeinstability.com/09-8-19.html Post-sunset lightning near town in 2009. The sun was further set than it looks. Longer exposure just makes that area look all the brighter.
Really crazy bugnadoes during the historic 2011 Missouri River flooding. http://www.extremeinstability.com/2011-7-4.html This really acted like a stationary tornado. At times it would collapse down a bit, then tighten back up and extended well up in the air, 20-30 feet probably.
Crazy sunrise over flood waters from the 2011 Missouri River flood. http://www.extremeinstability.com/2011flood.html This should be a field of crops. Notice how high up those bags are on highway 30. The water was now slowly receding after a couple months of record levels.
http://www.extremeinstability.com/2011-8-12.html Just another time of cool tower lightning in north Omaha. Kinda hard to shoot from here with an ultrawide angle given how close to the window it needs to be and how it needs to be pointed up. Always some sprinkles(at least) in the air.
Fishing in the steam in fall 2008 at Desoto Bend NWR. http://www.extremeinstability.com/08-8-29.html
September 15, 2006 near Surprise NE where tornado damage was reported from this supercell. For a while it put on a nice cg display. This bolt wasn't very far away at all. http://www.extremeinstability.com/stormpics/2012/06lightning.wmv You can hear Steve unhappy he missed getting a still of it lol.
http://www.extremeinstability.com/2012-4-23.html Decent aurora outburst April 2012 from western Iowa. Sooner or later I'll get a big aurora event from his barn. Plenty of weaker ones there now.
http://www.extremeinstability.com/08-9-9.html I was pretty astonished the first time I discovered these. Not all fog does it. I guess "new" fog is best. But if you are at the light source, my car in this case, you will not see it at all. You have to walk probably 100 feet out into your headlights, then it will show. It can be real vivid sometimes. The only bad thing is you can't see anything and feel a little exposed standing in your headlights in the dark. Look back towards your car and you are simply blinded. It can suck letting the shot expose then hearing something rattling the corn next to you.
There are coronas and then there are coronas. I've seen these go uber crazy, even more than this one. The trick is good ground fog and juusssstttt the right amount of it. I still have not imaged it as crazy as I have seen it. There can be even more rings you can see with your eyes. But the fog amount is always changing it requires the perfect amount to go crazy crazy and it just never lasts long. Then you sit there and wait and the fog won't cooperate. You then drive somewhere else and keep watching and you see it happen again while you are driving. Pretty good one above. http://www.extremeinstability.com/2010-9-4.html
Another crazy corona example but with the sun in 2008. I never even noticed this with my eyes. I was driving and just wanting to snap a photo of the ground fog. You can see you need a real thin amount of fog to get the more crazy coronas.
January 2008 in Desoto Bend NWR. http://www.extremeinstability.com/08-1-24.html It was really damn cold out. Somewhere in the -20F to -25F range. The icy river was producing a lot of steam. It was floating back through here and turning into ice crystals, which made for a hell of a sun dog display on the road.
http://www.extremeinstability.com/2010-2-trails.html Spent way too many cold nights out shooting star trails back in early 2010. Was usually with Chris, Evan and Tyler. Not sure how we did some of them it was so cold out. Usually it was lenses getting covered with frost that would decide when the trail would have to end.
http://www.extremeinstability.com/2010-09-2010winter1.html Not that cool of a photo. I had hoped for cool ground fog with snow scenes and really couldn't know until I reached the top of Murray Hill if it was any good or not. Problem was it was -25F and the parking lot and hillside had 2-3 feet of snow on it. I parked lower on a pull off, then drug all my gear up there, which was so so far from easy. Heavy clothes, heavy gear and feet of snow on a steep hill with a -25F air temp. I didn't worry too badly at first, till my throat got super scratchy. I then realized all this extremely heavy breathing was likely bad with -25F air. It was hard to even make it up the first steep stretch. More of a swim up it. Set gear ahead then try and knee and belly forward. I really didn't even think it was possible as I started that part. Anyway, I thought if I have problems up here I'll probably just die before anyone notices. Thought worst case I could probably just roll off this edge and make the road, the road hardly anyone travels lol. I don't do well in the cold and well -25F can mess you up pretty fast. All this work to get up there and there was no cool fog view anyway. Just a lone set of surely coyote or fox tracks.
http://www.extremeinstability.com/2010-09-2010winter1.html Here is the rime ice I mentioned earlier. Hours of freezing fog did this. Then a freezing rain event moved through accumulating around that stuff. Crazy winter.
http://www.extremeinstability.com/2012aftertheflood2.html Just some crazy scenes left behind after the flood. An abandoned house sits in a sand storm as the sun sets.