I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t interested in weather.
It’s pretty much always been a fascination to me, even at a very early age.
My first love was snow, since it meant the possibility of school being cancelled.
But that was replaced by my love of severe weather.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t like the destruction it can cause nor the impact to lives and property.
I’m talking about the storms themselves.
I used to watch them all the time as a kid, even mentioning a few of those instances in previous blogs.
And now I’m in a job where I not only get to predict weather, but also get to be part of the warning process in severe weather.
Sometimes, I am in studio covering the storms with radar and satellite and warning maps and video and pictures.
But other times, I get to tag along with our storm chaser, Eric Whitehill.
Yesterday was one of those times.
Now it wasn’t a big severe day, but the threat was there.
Not long into the chase, I caught this beauty of sun peeking through some cumulus clouds.
It gave off some nice crepuscular rays.
Later on, we got to a storm that was eventually warned on as a severe storm.
It was kicking up a lot of dust.
At times, it seemed as though the dust had some rotation to it.
But since we were quickly approaching dusk and losing daylight, it was hard to definitively make out those features.
Another shot of what could have been a very weak funnel or spin-up along the leading edge of the storm:
It looks like a weak funnel with some dust swirling below.
Was it a spin-up?
But whatever it was, it lasted only a few seconds.
What I do know, is the storm looked pretty nice in terms of structure.
Despite it being a bit grainy, you can see the striations along the side of the storm.
It’s stuff like this I will always find fascinating.
So while it wasn’t a big severe weather event and epic chase day, it was another instance where I got to see some storms that I otherwise wouldn’t have seen.
Sure, I could have been home or in the studio watching the radars and Eric’s video feed, which would have been cool.
But instead, I got to be up close and personal with the thing I love most about weather.