Thursday, March 29, 2012

Things are popping in KS

Activity beginning on the Dryline. And plenty of chasers with it!

Good luck to everyone out this evening!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

The "Professional" Chaser.

I just wanted to respond to a posting authored by Chris Sanner on his Blog: Raze the Bar. on Sunday, March 25th 2012.


Welcome to the world of irrelevancy.

I say the above with a bit of tongue-in-cheek attitude. That being said, take the advice of someone who has been in the business of broadcasting/video production for over 30 years.

Never, EVER, take this business as one to be predicted. You will get burned every time. If your business model doesn't reflect this, you will always be behind the eight ball. "Better, Faster, Cheaper. Pick Two" is an old NASA mantra that unfortunately made it's way into the business of production many years ago on the heels of the entry of our old friend:


Chris, I've read your blog entries and you seem to be a very articulate visionary but, you're beginning to see a very fickle side that those of us in the business any length of time comes to find out:

Technology changes the rules of the game, every day. Technology wins every time.

And that change requires us to evolve and adapt, or die.

Unfortunately, the changes in technology that have come unto chasing while cool, will kill off its relevancy. The Genie is out of the bottle so to speak. And as I'm sure you've discovered, the Genie is not cheap to feed.

We can thank Skype for practically overnight eliminating remote news engineers. Now, we can thank the smartphone for the slow death of news photographers. Quantity over quality is how the news business responds to "Better, Faster, Cheaper" if it inures to the bottom line. And as long as you've got people looking for their fifteen minutes of fame with a smartphone in their fist? It doesn't take a PhD in economics to figure out which wins.

My advice?

Chase for enjoyment. Not as a brand.


Sunday, March 18, 2012

Gosh, I think its storm chase season!

Plenty of folks got the bug today. This is West Central Oklahoma just a few minutes ago. Can't say I've seen as many chasers on one cell as I have on this one. But after a long winter, this is like Crack to some of these folks. Hope they see something for the effort!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Dexter/Saline MI 3/15/12 Radar Images

Tornado just passed through these communities just a few minutes ago.

Unconfirmed damage reports are incoming.

No reports of injuries ATT.


Thursday, March 8, 2012

2012-03-08 15:03 UTC Geomagnetic Storm has Started, Solar Radiation Storm Continues.

From the Space Weather Prediction Center:

The coronal mass ejection (CME) associated with the R3 (Strong) Radio Blackout event from 0024 UTC March 7 (7:24 p.m. EST March 6) arrived at ACE at 1045 UTC today (5:45 a.m. EST March 8).  So far the orientation of the magnetic field has been opposite of what is needed to cause the strongest storming.  As the event progresses, that field will continue to change.  Based on overall strength, the predictions for periods reaching the G3 level look justified.  Additionally, the Solar Radiation Storm levels remain above the S3 (Strong) threshold at this time, with values rising momentarily with shock arrival.  Region 1429 remains potent and subsequent activity is certainly possible. Updates here as conditions warrant.

For you Aurora watchers: Make sure you monitor the OVATION Auroral Forecast page for the latest updates on visibility opportunities.

UPDATE: As of 0130 UTC 03/09/12 Visibility will be minimal in the upper midwest with the possibility of clearing after 0600 UTC.

Friday, March 2, 2012

SPC Categorical Outlooks 3/2/12

Here We Go...

NOAA reserves "High Risk" severe events in just a few cases a year. Today is one of those days. Strong tornadoes possible in KY, TN, IL, MS, AL, and IN. Initiation to begin approximately 12:00-1:00 PM CST. DO NOT IGNORE WARNINGS!

These storms are predicted to be moving at around 50 to 60 MPH. YOU WILL HAVE MINIMAL TIME TO REACT! PREPARE NOW.

Stay tuned, Be Safe.