Entries in Time-Lapse (6)


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. 


Lightning Storm Timelapse Video Jupiter Beach Florida

Ocean Lightning Puts On A Great Show…Finally For Me!

A few weeks ago I posted that I was out during the pre-dawn hours on the hunt for lightning over the ocean for a timelapse video sequence project. This was one of the shots I was looking for all summer to complete my storm season here in Florida, but the last few attempts failed with the storms weakening or moving too far offshore closer to the northwest Bahamas.

Cloud-to-ocean lightning
Last night finally paid off with an amazing lightning display of deep convection over the Gulf Stream waters just east of Jupiter Beach, Florida. I was able to capture some vivid cloud-to-water lightning strikes, along with a fantastic sequence of high resolution stills for the ocean thunderstorm timelapse. I didn’t plan on posting this video just yet, as I plan to post my Florida storm highlight video later this month that includes all of my video from this year, including numerous timelapses. But there was a lot of interest on Twitter overnight and today from some of the stills I posted last night, so I thought I would go ahead and post the lightning timelapse video for everyone to enjoy.

Lightning over Gulf Stream waters

Note: I've had numerous requests for the title of the song, and I should of put it in the credits of the video from the start. The song is by: Sun Araw and is only titled as "Track 2" available on Vimeo.

Update: 10/12/11 - I just wanted to thank everyone for the huge response on all the social media outlets, TV and the comments below. I really appreciate all the support for the storm timelapse video above, and wanted to post a BIG THANK YOU! I will be uploading a Florida storm season highlight video later this month that will include a lot of the weather footage from 2011. This will also include the numerous timelapses you always hear me tweeting about or on Instgram. So, keep checking back!

Another note: 01/23/12 - I have recently added a new secondary blog on StormVisuals that will focus on daily Florida weather updates through pictures and video. Be sure to check it out daily! Thank you, JG.

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Intense Lightning Display Palm Beach County - Photos


Nocturnal Florida Atlantic Lightning Timelapse Hunt

Cloud-to-ground lightning strike with sunset FL thunderstorm.Cloud-to-ground (CG) lightning strike at sunset earlier this month over the Florida Kissimmee Prairies.

Update: 5:37am ET - Sunrise about an hour away, and all the convection has been well to the east over the Bahamas with only isolated showers over the Gulf Stream. Packing it up and will try the evening storms moving offshore later tonight for the lightning sequence.

Hunting For Ocean Nocturnal Lightning Before Season Ends For Timelapse

I’m on a mission the next two overnights and pre-dawn hours for nocturnal lightning storms to film a few HD video timelapses. Yesterday was the first day of Fall, and the Florida wet season will be coming to an end real soon as we move into October. The last few days have been active with afternoon seabreeze thunderstorms, and nocturnal storms just off the Atlantic and Gulf coast waters.

There is a trough moving into the Southeast United States and northern Florida the next 24-48 hours, and another weak trough currently over the Bahamas. Both of these features, including elevated moisture levels, are helping to enhance the showers and thunderstorms each day and overnight. I fear the end of the  rainy season is near, and I have yet to capture one of the timelapse sequences that I planned earlier this summer. I have shot over two dozen storm timelapses this summer and very pleased with the results, but I still need to capture that vivid long-exposure lighting storm convection off the Atlantic waters that I seek prior to dawn.

I’m hoping early this morning will pay off with the land breeze boundary setting up offshore and giving me some storms to work with before the sun breaks the horizon. I’ll give it another go early tomorrow morning (Sunday) even if I’m successful today as long as it looks to be active offshore between St. Lucie County southward to Miami-Dade County. I’ll let you know how it goes…wish me luck!