B&W Studies

B&W Studies

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Joining in the current black and white processing craze!

Will start with something subtle. Pre-storm sky from May of 1997.

Spend many hours at the Amarillo Weather Office with Brian Curran (then Warren Faidley showed up and we left). This in looking east from US 207, down in the beautiful Palo Duro Canyon.

Cirrus uncinus over early cu (a 50 kt. mid level jetmax was approaching from the SW). Taken with one of my old Pentax ME Super (I had two!) and processed in Lightroom 4.3.

Ended up chasing the convection that later developed just off the Caprock, with most of the time spent between Turkey and Matador.

F1000002web cropNext up is this image from 24 May, 1996, N of Muleshoe, Texas.

Started out at Amarillo and initially chased north east near Pampa but blew that off and picked up the cells in the western panhandle. I really like how the twilight works with the updraft in the grey scale version of this image:

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Best cell was later, after dark, just south of Amarillo – a beautiful TOR warned laminar updraft occasionally illuminated by lightning (unfortunately couldn’t get a decent shot)!

Moving forward to 30 May, 2012, west of Childress, Texas. Maturing supercell that would later produce giant hail (this small cluster of supercells produced official hail reports up to 4.5 inches). We (John Moore, Linda Kitchen, and Kathy Velaquez) got “Delormed” (navigational snafu where map fails to let us know that the road we are on will turn to dirt which will be unnavigable once wet).

We found a safe place to park the vehicles (large metal-roofed car port) in the middle of nowhere and rode out the barrage of hailstones (up to roughly just bigger than baseballs) with Brady Kendrick and Jay McCoy.

This will be remembered fondly as it was the last I would chase with Linda, who passed away this year.

IMG_3250web cropHere is the cold hard reality of Lake Huron in the winter. From Grand Bend, Ontario, March 2008:

Grand Bend-Lake Huron 3-24-2008web crop-2Mammatus over Old Faithful, 4 June, 2006.

IMG_1988web cropRoll the clock back to May 1992 – image taken with the Pentax ME Super and a 150mm zoom, leaning over the edge of the Royal Gorge bridge (955 feet over the Arkansas River), near CaƱon City, Colorado.

Railfans may be able to identify the locomotive type (a little poking around suggests it is a ‘Denver & Rio Grande Railway’ freight).

F1000018web cropKnuckled-anvil Supercell, developing just outside Amarillo, Texas, May, 1996.

The chase is on!

F1000019web cropBack further to late May of 1994, a big ol’ Yucca plant near the banks of the Pecos River, off TX 290, a few miles SE of Sheffield, Texas.

I really like how the grey scale gives this a ‘Texas in 1880’ vibe!

I just love the vistas and landscapes of SW Texas!

F1000023web crop-223 May, 2007, taken from a couple of hundred meters WSW of the intersection of TX 70 and FR 283 in Roberts, County, Texas (about 21 miles NW of Miami, Texas).

Although I couldn’t see a ‘clear-cut’ circulation on the ground, this is in Storm Data as a EF0 tornado that tracked briefly about two miles west of the intersection (reported by a ‘Trained Spotter’ – I do not know who made the report).

IMG_4488web cropAftermath of a relatively minor Ice Storm with little Sun Dog, NW of London, Ontario. Best guess is this is from the late 1990’s or early 2000’s.

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Quilted Sky full of Mammatus. 29 May, 1994, near Goldthwaite, Texas (pretty much smack-dab in the center of the state!).

Started out in Austin, made a BAD forecast, and could only recover and get close to the storms at dark (and called off the chase because of the heavy rain and the fact there were just too many cells).

It was, as any bust is, a valuable learning experience.

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F1000003web crop 2Lake Tahoe stack of plates.

Altocumulus Lenticularis taken from the beach out in front of the Hyatt Resort in Incline Valley, Nevada (NE corer of Lake Tahoe), October 2009.

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