Tuesday
Aug212012

Florida Sea Breeze Convergence Zone Timelapse Video

Anticipating The Boundary Collision

Last Friday (August 17, 2012) I setup my camera to shoot a timelapse video sequence of an outflow boundary colliding with the east coast sea-breeze boundary over southeast Florida. The outflow boundary developed from earlier thunderstorms over Glades County, and this boundary raced eastward across the Glades portions of Palm Beach County during the late afternoon hours.  The boundary was well defined on radar, and I knew I only had about an hour to get into position for the shot.

After shooting some storm photos in the Canal Point region near Lake Okeechobee, I packed up and got ahead of the gust front out into clear air. On radar I could see a sharp sea breeze boundary almost stationary about 15 miles inland from the coast and this was my target. This boundary extended from Jupiter southward to Boca Raton, and I knew this was going to be the next intense afternoon convergence zone for storms.

The outflow boundary (gust front) racing eastward looked to be bowing out just a tad in central Palm Beach County, so I decided to stop along S.R. 80 about 7 miles west of Wellington. There was a small park on the south side of the highway, and this allowed me to setup my tripod and camera away from traffic, plus it was a wide open view to the east and in view of the eastern boundary.

Camera Ready...Time For Some Storm Action

It wasn't long before the gust front blasted through my location with gusty west winds and some dust from the sugarcane fields. To my east I could see the small line of cumulus clouds lined up along the breeze boundary and knew it was almost showtime. I checked my camera settings while taking a few test shots.

Sure enough, the entire line of clouds began to rapidly build upward as the two boundaries collided forcing everything upward into the atmosphere. It was an amazing sight and I knew at that point this would be a very interesting timelapse video of the east coast convergence zone.

The video isn't very long and I added some music to spice it up some, so, let me know what you think and I hope you enjoy it. 

Monday
Aug132012

Hurricane Journey and Video Projects Keeping Me Busy

Staying Productive The Last Two Months

I am finally able to get a new update posted after a crazy busy schedule the last 8 weeks working on 2 video projects for release later this year, and a new interactive iBook for iPad about hurricanes called "Hurricane Journey - Life In The Danger Zone" which I am happy to announce is now available in the iBookstore

The new book was a fun and learning experience working with fellow hurricane photographer Jim Edds, taking on a whole new road developing a visual interactive book for the iPad. It wasn't easy, but I'm very excited all that hard work is done and now can be shared with everyone.

Getting Back Into The Grind with Weather

I have ventured out the last month to shoot Florida storms like I usually would, but significantly less than last year being tied to a office the last month. I plan to head back out starting today and get back to covering the afternoon storms while in the peak of the wet season. I still need to update some of my photography galleries with new pictures captured in June and July, so look for those over the next week.

Luckily, the hurricane season hasn't been very active, with a few tropical storms and just recently Hurricane Ernesto tracking into Mexico. We're now moving into the peak portion of the hurricane season, and I will be closely monitoring the tropics through the end of September for any possible chase intercepts. The best way to keep tabs on me is either checking here or my Twitter feed for the latest on the tropics, especially if a storm becomes a threat to the United States.

Speaking of hurricanes, today marks 8 years since powerful category 4 Hurricane Charley slammed into Punta Gorda, Florida. Charley is one of the cyclones featured in our new book, with amazing videos and pictures of the historic weather event.

That's it for now while I get back into my summer weather groove, and please, if you do download our new book I would love to hear your feedback being this is our first time working in this format. I really think you'll enjoy it! All the best - Jeff

Monday
Jun252012

Tropical Storm Debby Producing Florida Tornadoes

Debby Causing Mainland Florida Tornadoes

Florida had numerous tornadoes on Sunday (20 reports per SPC) that were associated with Tropical Storm Debby currently in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. These tornadoes where short-lived, but were still very dangerous. One EF2 tornado that ripped through the small south-central Florida community of Lake Placid killed one person and damaged nearly 10 homes along with surrounding structures and trees. Fire Rescue and power crews as seen below worked through the late day rushing to get power restored and begin the cleanup process for local residents.

Crew's cleanup after Lake Placid tornado spawned my Tropical Storm Debby. - June 24, 2012

Tropical Storm Debby's eastern circulation continued all day Sunday sending bands of heavy tropical showers and thunderstorms into the west coast of Florida. These long bands had embedded mini-supercells that would produce the tornadoes. Some of the cells yesterday also produced some impressive tornadic supercells just offshore Juno Beach and Miami Beach. There are a lot of pictures circulating the web this morning of impressive tornadic waterspout structure and inland tornadoes from the central and southern part of the peninsula.

Tornado Watches Continue For The Sunshine State

Florida is once again under the gun for a threat of tornadoes as Tropical Storm Debby remains almost stationary, and is only forecast to slowly track toward the Florida Big Bend region over the next 4 days. This sets up a major flooding threat after already two days of significant rainfall up to 10 inches and several more days expected as the storm will be very slow to move.