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(YouTube) Video A timelapse I shot of a supercell in Wyoming spinning down a funnel. (Funnel starts at 4:58, video links to that time)   (youtube.com) divider line 38
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2014-06-09 10:17:19 AM
BTW, since this got greenlit, if you have any questions about storm chasing or storm photography or timelapses or anything at all, fire away!
 
2014-06-09 12:48:44 PM
Too bad fark's video player renders your specific time useless. Still, cool video. I just bought a dash cam per a farker's suggestion. It's pretty cool, 1080p and uses an sd card that can easily be plugged into my panasonic 50" plasma.

Yes...it's a plasma. I'll probably go for LCD next time.
 
2014-06-09 01:22:08 PM

jaylectricity: Too bad fark's video player renders your specific time useless. Still, cool video. I just bought a dash cam per a farker's suggestion. It's pretty cool, 1080p and uses an sd card that can easily be plugged into my panasonic 50" plasma.

Yes...it's a plasma. I'll probably go for LCD next time.


The right plasma is far better than LCD IMO, especially at comparable price points. Most cinemaphiles with dark rooms will go with a high end Plasma (such as a nice Samsung) 100% of the time.
 
2014-06-09 01:31:27 PM

chakalakasp: jaylectricity: Too bad fark's video player renders your specific time useless. Still, cool video. I just bought a dash cam per a farker's suggestion. It's pretty cool, 1080p and uses an sd card that can easily be plugged into my panasonic 50" plasma.

Yes...it's a plasma. I'll probably go for LCD next time.

The right plasma is far better than LCD IMO, especially at comparable price points. Most cinemaphiles with dark rooms will go with a high end Plasma (such as a nice Samsung) 100% of the time.


chakalakasp: jaylectricity: Too bad fark's video player renders your specific time useless. Still, cool video. I just bought a dash cam per a farker's suggestion. It's pretty cool, 1080p and uses an sd card that can easily be plugged into my panasonic 50" plasma.

Yes...it's a plasma. I'll probably go for LCD next time.

The right plasma is far better than LCD IMO, especially at comparable price points. Most cinemaphiles with dark rooms will go with a high end Plasma (such as a nice Samsung) 100% of the time.


I have a Panasonic. The only thing I don't like is sometimes watching hockey games I feel like the picture isn't as clear as it should be. Like the players look kind of like old school sprites with a bit of a blurred edge where they go. Weird thing is I've noticed it less over the last few years. We bought it back in 2010 I think. It's heavy as hell compared to the smaller 30 something inch LCD we have in the bedroom.
 
2014-06-09 01:32:36 PM
It was about $1000 at the time which is completely laughable now.
 
2014-06-09 01:35:33 PM
Anyway, have you ever been scared during a chase? Like maybe the storm started moving towards you when you though it was moving away from you?
 
2014-06-09 02:42:56 PM

jaylectricity: Too bad fark's video player renders your specific time useless. Still, cool video. I just bought a dash cam per a farker's suggestion. It's pretty cool, 1080p and uses an sd card that can easily be plugged into my panasonic 50" plasma.


I'd like to find an app for my phone that lets me mount my phone on the dash, take video out the rear camera and record audio, while uploading as bandwidth allows single lower resolution frames with the audio to dropbox or some other cloud storage.

Also good would be an easy ability to change the camera from rear camera to front camera.
 
2014-06-09 03:21:16 PM

jaylectricity: Anyway, have you ever been scared during a chase? Like maybe the storm started moving towards you when you though it was moving away from you?


Yeah, I once "hook sliced" into wrapping rain curtains about e minutes before the storm put down a tornado right where I was driving. That was dumb. Hook slicing is sneaking up in a storm from behind and driving forward through the rotating part of the storm to get ahead of it. I got ahead of it but I nearly paid big time. The tornado went on to tear up parts of Kearney, Nebraska about 10 minutes later.

I also once chased to document some scientists doing tornado research. They approached a tornado at night. You couldn't see it at all, but it was there, about a mile away. It was weird to know we were that close to a tornado but to have no visual indications whatsoever.
 
2014-06-09 05:42:20 PM

chakalakasp: BTW, since this got greenlit, if you have any questions about storm chasing or storm photography or timelapses or anything at all, fire away!


I'd love to do that one day. A few questions

- How many miles did you drive that day? It looks like a few hundred
- How do you keep on top of information? Do you have a special NOAA or weather radio, or just keep playing around on the AM dial until you find a good source?
- How do you equip yourself for a day of storm chasing? What are the items you always pack?
 
2014-06-09 06:05:33 PM

SmackLT: chakalakasp: BTW, since this got greenlit, if you have any questions about storm chasing or storm photography or timelapses or anything at all, fire away!

I'd love to do that one day. A few questions

- How many miles did you drive that day? It looks like a few hundred
- How do you keep on top of information? Do you have a special NOAA or weather radio, or just keep playing around on the AM dial until you find a good source?
- How do you equip yourself for a day of storm chasing? What are the items you always pack?


Around 720 miles that day. Indint listen much to the radio - basically it's all dido gal these days. For laptop, it's GRLevel3 for radar and various web based information sources for satellite, surface observations, and weather models. On android tablet mounted to dash, I use GPS Maps, an app where you download all of Americas maps and it looks and feels like Google Maps. For iphone mounted to dash I run Radarscope. To report I use iphone for geolocation tracking and Spotter Network on the laptop for reporting. Or just call 911 if I don't have time.
 
2014-06-09 06:08:24 PM

SmackLT: chakalakasp: BTW, since this got greenlit, if you have any questions about storm chasing or storm photography or timelapses or anything at all, fire away!

I'd love to do that one day. A few questions

- How many miles did you drive that day? It looks like a few hundred
- How do you keep on top of information? Do you have a special NOAA or weather radio, or just keep playing around on the AM dial until you find a good source?
- How do you equip yourself for a day of storm chasing? What are the items you always pack?


Also, I always pack the camera kit, green highway visibility jacket, a motorcycle helmet for hail / last ditch head trauma protection if the worst happens, extra batteries, lots of water, and a pair of work boots for walking in damaged areas. Car has removable emergency led strobes (amber) in the back that I make sure are installed before the have.
 
2014-06-09 06:10:35 PM
...before the chase, that is. (Thanks autocorrect!)
 
2014-06-09 06:34:22 PM
Even the trees are lonely.
 
2014-06-09 06:43:06 PM
Did you enjoy the Sod House Museum?
 
2014-06-09 07:26:04 PM

chakalakasp: BTW, since this got greenlit, if you have any questions about storm chasing or storm photography or timelapses or anything at all, fire away!


tl:dw
 
2014-06-09 08:06:20 PM

some_beer_drinker: chakalakasp: BTW, since this got greenlit, if you have any questions about storm chasing or storm photography or timelapses or anything at all, fire away!

tl:dw


Me neither!
 
2014-06-09 08:33:10 PM

AUAIOMRN: Did you enjoy the Sod House Museum?


Do you do any sightseeing at all on these trips?
 
2014-06-09 08:37:52 PM

RoyBatty: jaylectricity: Too bad fark's video player renders your specific time useless. Still, cool video. I just bought a dash cam per a farker's suggestion. It's pretty cool, 1080p and uses an sd card that can easily be plugged into my panasonic 50" plasma.

I'd like to find an app for my phone that lets me mount my phone on the dash, take video out the rear camera and record audio, while uploading as bandwidth allows single lower resolution frames with the audio to dropbox or some other cloud storage.

Also good would be an easy ability to change the camera from rear camera to front camera.


If you have an Android,  Bambuserwill record full-size video to your phone while it live-uploads video (with audio) to a free online Bambuser account, so that even if your phone explodes in a firey death while recording, you will still have everything up to that point already uploaded online.

Although the fact that you said you can't easily change from front camera to rear camera suggests that you do  nothave an Android, as they all have that feature in the default camera app.
 
2014-06-09 08:39:03 PM

chakalakasp: Hook slicing is sneaking up in a storm from behind and driving forward through the rotating part of the storm to get ahead of it.


Brilliant!  The storm will never see that coming!  You've gotta be really sneaky with these modern day global-warming storms, they've got eyes in the back of their thunderheads.
 
2014-06-09 08:42:08 PM

some_beer_drinker: chakalakasp: BTW, since this got greenlit, if you have any questions about storm chasing or storm photography or timelapses or anything at all, fire away!

tl:dw


chakalakasp:

Me neither!

...but had plenty of time to post about not having enough time to watch it.
 
2014-06-09 08:49:01 PM

moeburn: RoyBatty: jaylectricity: Too bad fark's video player renders your specific time useless. Still, cool video. I just bought a dash cam per a farker's suggestion. It's pretty cool, 1080p and uses an sd card that can easily be plugged into my panasonic 50" plasma.

I'd like to find an app for my phone that lets me mount my phone on the dash, take video out the rear camera and record audio, while uploading as bandwidth allows single lower resolution frames with the audio to dropbox or some other cloud storage.

Also good would be an easy ability to change the camera from rear camera to front camera.

If you have an Android,  Bambuserwill record full-size video to your phone while it live-uploads video (with audio) to a free online Bambuser account, so that even if your phone explodes in a firey death while recording, you will still have everything up to that point already uploaded online.

Although the fact that you said you can't easily change from front camera to rear camera suggests that you do  nothave an Android, as they all have that feature in the default camera app.


Thanks for pointing me to that app.

I meant easy as in a voice command, and not stopping recording, just switching cameras.
 
2014-06-09 08:51:47 PM

Lord Jubjub: AUAIOMRN: Did you enjoy the Sod House Museum?

Do you do any sightseeing at all on these trips?


Didn't see the sod house, though now I want too. Sometimes I can sightsee, such as if I'm coming back from a far away chase on the day after. I'm in Nebraska, so if I end up in Texas or something on a chase, the I can photograph what I come across on the way back. And on chase days when I get to or near the initial target several hours early, I can knock about and see what the local area had to photograph. You have to be careful, though, as things can shift and you can suddenly find yourself behind the 8 ball if you weren't paying attention and now the target is 200 miles away.
 
2014-06-09 08:57:07 PM

moeburn: RoyBatty: jaylectricity: Too bad fark's video player renders your specific time useless. Still, cool video. I just bought a dash cam per a farker's suggestion. It's pretty cool, 1080p and uses an sd card that can easily be plugged into my panasonic 50" plasma.

I'd like to find an app for my phone that lets me mount my phone on the dash, take video out the rear camera and record audio, while uploading as bandwidth allows single lower resolution frames with the audio to dropbox or some other cloud storage.

Also good would be an easy ability to change the camera from rear camera to front camera.

If you have an Android,  Bambuserwill record full-size video to your phone while it live-uploads video (with audio) to a free online Bambuser account, so that even if your phone explodes in a firey death while recording, you will still have everything up to that point already uploaded online.

Although the fact that you said you can't easily change from front camera to rear camera suggests that you do  nothave an Android, as they all have that feature in the default camera app.


I'd have to do some testing to see, but I think I might prefer good high quality continuous audio with good resolution photos snapped once a second over low res audio and video constantly uploaded. Perhaps even in terms of mobile 3g/lte bandwidth bills.
 
2014-06-09 08:59:49 PM

chakalakasp: BTW, since this got greenlit, if you have any questions about storm chasing or storm photography or timelapses or anything at all, fire away!


What ever happened to Mike H.

I know he used to be a farker... did he stop coming around?
 
2014-06-09 08:59:53 PM
Umm, subby -- just wondering what is your fascination with these evil cloud formations? If you can explain, great; sometimes it is difficult to take a soulful pull and put that into words.

Also: please, can you describe the sounds? I'm in NJ, never experienced one. But when I do dream about it, I hear an awful loud freight-train kind of noise, and I feel a horrible pressure.
 
2014-06-09 09:12:18 PM
Chakalakasp,

Thanks for sharing, even the non-storm photos were pretty awesome.  Do you ever take "volunteers" with you on your chases?  If so, what is the peak season for your chasing?
 
2014-06-09 09:15:04 PM

unfarkingbelievable: Umm, subby -- just wondering what is your fascination with these evil cloud formations? If you can explain, great; sometimes it is difficult to take a soulful pull and put that into words.

Also: please, can you describe the sounds? I'm in NJ, never experienced one. But when I do dream about it, I hear an awful loud freight-train kind of noise, and I feel a horrible pressure.


Wish I knew, storms have made my blood pump since I was a little kid. I'm not sure if it's because it gives a sense of scale that my brain can comprehend in terms of how small and weak we are compared to the physical processes around us, or if it's because of the beauty that can be found in fluid dynamics (or the fact that the patterns if turbence in the sky are exactly the same patterns you see in your coffee cup or in storms the size of Earth on Jupiter). But it blows my mind.

Up close tornadoes sound like a lot like a waterfall. You definately know that you are near something powerful - just the very area near a tornado seems surreal, with strong winds rushing torwards the tornado and often thin veils of rain doing a several mile wide circle around you.
 
2014-06-09 09:19:20 PM

jpo2269: Chakalakasp,

Thanks for sharing, even the non-storm photos were pretty awesome.  Do you ever take "volunteers" with you on your chases?  If so, what is the peak season for your chasing?


Thanks! I don't usually do tagsalongs - I have a friend who comes sometimes but that's about it. I worry about whether people will be bored or how they will react if we are lucky enough to get near big weather. Peak chasing is usually in mid May in Kansas and Oklahoma, and June up here in Nebraska. This year has been a bad year for chasing, with the only real outbreak happening in the nearly unchaseble "Dixie Alley" (Arkansas, mostly). There have been sporadic tornadoes elsewhere but a lot of them have been hard to find and in improbable places like North Dakota.
 
2014-06-09 09:24:01 PM

Shadow Blasko: chakalakasp: BTW, since this got greenlit, if you have any questions about storm chasing or storm photography or timelapses or anything at all, fire away!

What ever happened to Mike H.

I know he used to be a farker... did he stop coming around?


I haven't seen him here in a while though he still regularly updates his site with amazing photos that make me jealous (bastard beat me out for a cover shot for National Geographic). Which reminds me that I should like his stuff here more often - maybe that'd draw him back. :) He's quite a nice guy and has more talent in his pinky than most chasers have in their whole body. I call him Captain Ahab, since he seems to smell the damn tornados several days out from thousands of miles away.
 
2014-06-09 09:29:37 PM
There was a serious lack of tornado in that video.

Here  You  Go.
 
2014-06-09 10:30:25 PM
After watching that video, all I can say is I'm glad I don't live in the midwest.  I'd be absolutely bored silly with all the straight roads and lack of trees and hills.
 
2014-06-09 10:44:47 PM

arcas: After watching that video, all I can say is I'm glad I don't live in the midwest.  I'd be absolutely bored silly with all the straight roads and lack of trees and hills.


I'll tell you one thing, though, it certainly gives you a strong sense of the vast scale of the great plains.  It goes on and on and on and you look at the map and suddenly realize you're hardly gone anywhere at all.
 
2014-06-09 10:45:13 PM
Chakalakasp,

So you don't usually do tagalongs and that I can understand...  So basically, you are saying there is a chance....I can't blame you for avoiding a "tagalong," but a volunteer would be a completely different situation....
 
2014-06-09 10:59:37 PM
I was kinda wishing Anton Chiguhr would have showed-up at 22:30 with a cattle gun and swapped out cars with our storm chaser.
 
2014-06-10 12:13:42 AM
BTW, since this got greenlit, if you have any questions about storm chasing or storm photography or timelapses or anything at all, fire away!

do you have a death wish or are you just crazy?
 
2014-06-10 02:28:15 AM
chakalakasp

dude do you clank when you walk!?
 
2014-06-10 03:18:00 AM
Cool Video and the music seemed appropriate too
 
2014-06-10 11:21:35 AM

chakalakasp: unfarkingbelievable: Umm, subby -- just wondering what is your fascination with these evil cloud formations? If you can explain, great; sometimes it is difficult to take a soulful pull and put that into words.

Also: please, can you describe the sounds? I'm in NJ, never experienced one. But when I do dream about it, I hear an awful loud freight-train kind of noise, and I feel a horrible pressure.

Wish I knew, storms have made my blood pump since I was a little kid. I'm not sure if it's because it gives a sense of scale that my brain can comprehend in terms of how small and weak we are compared to the physical processes around us, or if it's because of the beauty that can be found in fluid dynamics (or the fact that the patterns if turbence in the sky are exactly the same patterns you see in your coffee cup or in storms the size of Earth on Jupiter). But it blows my mind.

Up close tornadoes sound like a lot like a waterfall. You definately know that you are near something powerful - just the very area near a tornado seems surreal, with strong winds rushing torwards the tornado and often thin veils of rain doing a several mile wide circle around you.


Thank you so much! Very interesting, and beautifully expressed.
 
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