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Christmas Nor'easter Pounds Southern New England

Posted on Sunday, December 26, 2010 at 5:00 PM MST

WEST FALMOUTH, MA -- A powerful winter storm has pounded the east coast the past two days, bringing heavy snow from Maine to Jacksonville, and bringing travel to a standstill. Here on Cape Cod, heavy snow and wind started up early Sunday afternoon, with near blizzard conditions by 3:30 PM. By dinnertime, winds were gusting to 55-60 mph. The highlight of the evening that we saw was the thundersnow, which is simply thunder and lightning in a snowstorm. It rained overnight, and then changed back over to snow in the morning, so the best part is that we didn't have to shovel anything. Conditions were miserable in the morning, as they paralyzed travel on the east coast. Airports began reopening as the snow wound down in the afternoon, but the heavy winds continued right through Tuesday.

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Posted In: Chase Recaps

Tagged: Noreaster, Winter Storm, Snow, Straight Line Winds


Beautiful Shelf Cloud Opens Winter Chasing

Posted on Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 5:00 PM MST

TIERRA VERDE, FL -- Usually when you hear of a lightning-less cold front, you just shrug it off as a rain event. The Winter Season Opener was definitely an exception to that rule! This front had an unusual signature on radar that tipped me off that it could be photogenic. The front was bowing out a little, which didn't indicate much more than gusty winds, but what caught my eye was that the precipitation line went from nothing to bright red very quickly and distinctively. My forecasts had it striking the Tierra Verde/Fort Desoto area in roughly an hour, so I headed out for the target.

My first stop was the Fort Desoto boat ramp, which looks northwest over Bunces Pass and Shell Key. There was a spectacular shelf cloud moving in, and the docks on the ramps made for an excellent frame. I shot pictures of it until it was too close to fit into the viewfinder of the camera. Then I headed for the beach. I pulled up alongside the road going up to North Beach. Getting blasted by 40 mph winds and spitting rain as I got out of the car, I looked up the road and saw the wall of rain coming right at me, and advancing quickly. There wasn't enough time to get out to the beach, so I got up into the truck bed, sheltered the camera from the wind and rain with a jacket, and got some of the best shots I've ever gotten of a rain curtain coming at me and impacting me. The only other series that comes even close was down at the Skyway Bridge last June. Click on the photos link for pictures. Enjoy!

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Posted In: Chase Recaps

Tagged: Cold Front, Shelf Cloud


2010 Year in Review: Success in '09 Fuels Strong 2010 Expansion

Posted on Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 5:00 PM MST

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Tagged: Year In Review


Summer Chasing Comes to a Quiet Close

Posted on Saturday, October 2, 2010 at 5:00 PM MST

Focus Shifts South to the Caribbean for the Fall Atlantic Hurricane Season.

ST. PETERSBURG, FL -- A summer season that started with a big bang in late May came to a rather wimpish close, thanks to a cold front that has brought a spectacular, yet very stable air mass into Tampa Bay and South Florida.

Overall, the 2010 Summer Chase Season was a great success, which got off to a very fast start with two very impressive and photogenic rotating thunderstorms over Manatee County on back-to-back days. The impressive action continued into June, highlighted by the Tampa Trifecta, 3 intercepts in one day, on June 3rd. The action started on a severe thunderstorm just north of Interstate 4 in Thonotosassa (I usually don't chase north of I-4 because you have to drive through the city and there's too many big trees to really see anything, but this one was too good to pass up). The chase continued north into Zephyrhills, grabbing a few exciting pictures before a core-punch through downtown Zephyrhills to get back to I-75. The second intercept of the day scored some incredible lightning pics from St. Pete Beach, followed by another severe thunderstorm that came right over the house just before 1 AM.

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Posted In: Chase Recaps

Tagged: Thunderstorm, Hurricane


Tropical Storm Matthew Forms in the Caribbean

Posted on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at 5:00 PM MST

MIAMI, FL -- Tropical Storm Matthew has formed in the southwest Caribbean. According to the National Hurricane Center, at 8 PM, sustained winds were about 40 mph with higher gusts. The storm is forecast to strengthen before it goes over mainland Belize. Forecasters are unsure exactly where it's going to go right now, as the disintegration of a sub-tropical ridge is what is going to steer the storm. It all depends on when the disintegration happens. I'll be tracking the storm over the next week or so, and will be primed and ready to deploy to Southwest Florida for an intercept if the storm heads this way. Stay tuned for more updates as the storm progresses.

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Posted In: Forecasts

Tagged: Hurricane, Matthew


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