Hodographs and Storm Photogenic-ness/Spotting Hazards (Guest Lesson from Cameron Nixon)

The hodograph is a super important tool for storm chasers to master because it can anticipate storm mode and…yes, how they’re going to look and behave.

In our first ever guest lesson on Titan U, guest star Cameron Nixon (https://twitter.com/cameronjnixon) takes you through the hodograph and what it looks like to use them to gauge how photogenic storms are going to be on a particular day.

Cameron is a PhD student at Central Michigan with a master of science from Texas Tech and a Bachelor of Science from Valparaiso. You can read more about Cameron on his website here: https://cameronnixonphotography.wordpress.com/about/

Gauging storm photogenic-ness with hodographs is possible. But this is an even more powerful lesson if you combine it with the other bits of forecast knowledge you need.

The hope is that after watching this lesson (and taking in a few other lessons with Titan U *hint*) you’ll be more prepared to tackle the 2020 storm season. Gauging which target will result in storms that are more interesting for the camera is always a tough call, but hopefully you’ll feel more confident going forward!

Check out Cameron on the web!

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cameronjnixon
Website: http://cameronnixonphotography.wordpress.com/

April 29, 2016 Storm Chase | Incredibly Photogenic Whale’s Mouth in Southern Oklahoma

This was easily the most photogenic day with a squall line/whale’s mouth in years. We’ve posted some great shots from this on our social media feeds over the years, with an almost unmatched sky that looks ominous and scary. A whale’s mouth is the backside of a shelf cloud that often looks like you are being swallowed, with chaotic motion and cool outflow winds hitting you all at once. The day itself was kind of an expectations letdown as initial supercells gusted out rapidly into a squall line, but the whale’s mouth show made up for it photographically!