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Various Scenes from the Monsoon 2015

Every year in the southwest, moisture from the Eastern Pacific and Gulf of California travels northwards into the deserts. At the same time, intense surface heating occurs, which causes the atmosphere to become warm and unstable, which creates an environment ripe for thunderstorms. The monsoon storms provide photographers with absolutely stunning views each and every year. To celebrate the awesomeness of the monsoons, and those who capture them, here’s a collection of some of the best from this year (so far)… […]

August 27th, 2015|Other Weather|

Storms Possible in Region Next Two Days – August 27, 2015

A cold front will enter the region, cool us down by a few degrees, and then wash out over the next two days. Associated with this front is a bit of upper energy and lift, which will set the stage for some showers and storms along and ahead of it today and tomorrow. […]

August 27th, 2015|Southern Plains Current Weather|

The New Era of Streaming: Periscope vs. Meerkat (Which is Better?)

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the new video streaming services which have appeared in the past year and what they would mean for storm chasers and the marketplace (read: it’s a game changer). The question I was asked most coming out of that article is, “yeah great, but which one should I be using?”

Well, let’s take a look at which is better as of this writing in late August. […]

August 26th, 2015|Video Tips|

The Cold Front Tornadic Storm Chase of April 22, 2011

In case you haven’t picked up on it yet, we really didn’t keep with chronology when it came to Tornado Titans Season 2 (really we’ve never done that for any of the seasons if you get down to it). While we’ve touched on Brandon and Josh’s April 23, 2011 Storm Chaser in “Cyclone in Byars” — we’ve yet to touch on mine and Cody’s chase that day. Here’s our story. […]

August 25th, 2015|Storm Chasing|

Olloclip Active Lens Review (iPhone 6/6 Plus)

The Olloclip Active Lens caught my eye when it was announced this past Spring because it seemed to solve the two biggest complaints I had about my iPhone lens: it was neither wide enough for storms, nor did it have an optical zoom that’d make some subjects in landscape (and with storms) more feasible to shoot. So when the telephoto and ultra-wide angle lens combo lens was announced, I was intrigued. […]

August 25th, 2015|Photo Tips, Video Tips|

Beautiful Shots of Lightning Sprites…from Space!

Lightning sprites are one of the coolest yet more mysterious phenomenon associated with thunderstorms. Sprites are typically reddish-orange in their upper regions, with bluish tendrils below. They are large-scale electrical discharges which occur high above thunderstorms, occurring 31-56 miles above the surface of the earth. […]

August 25th, 2015|Other Weather|

The Tease in Texas on April 23, 2011

There are few days I can think of where I saw a storm churn and be so close to producing a tornado and it not ever do it. The Gainesville, TX storm of April 23, 2011 did everything a storm could do to produce a tornado except actually do it. […]

August 24th, 2015|Storm Chasing|

The Four Most Underrated Regions for Chasing Storms

When it comes to storm chasing, everyone has their favorite areas to chase — but oftentimes many people overlook what are pretty solid setups in areas where chasers have historically not ventured as much. These areas, complete with solid road networks, good terrain, and active severe weather histories — are hidden gems (at least as much as you can be today) for storm chasers. Let’s take a look at our picks for the four most underrated storm chase regions in the US: […]

August 24th, 2015|Storm Chasing|

Calm Weather For the Region, Pleasant!

I had nothing else to put in the header graphic, so why not put the most sure sign we’re now in early Autumn: A no organized severe weather areas forecast graphic from the SPC. There will still be a range of weather for the region, with North Texas still very summer like with areas in Oklahoma and Kansas straight into Autumn at this point. […]

August 24th, 2015|Southern Plains Current Weather|

More Tornado Titans Season 2: Easter Sunday, and the Byars, OK Tornado

We’re getting back to Tornado Titans Season 2 with more action from Easter Sunday, which includes everything that happened after the decision in “Fight or Flight”. While the day started off great, the rest of the chase down in Texas was a pretty big wash. We ended up seeing a couple more tornadoes from another supercell further west from the original one we were on, but the best of the day tornado wise for the camera had already passed. […]

August 23rd, 2015|Storm Chasing|

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