Things have been pretty busy, and the color season here in Northern Michigan has been on the slow side with the warmer than normal temperatures.
Just as things were getting going, my wife and I went to South Carolina for vacation (a week ahead of Matthew) and then the day I got back, I went to work that night. Then I realized with the amount of video and pictures that I had shot, I was going to quickly run out of hard drive space. Luckily, I got paid to run sound for a wedding and bought a night 2 TB drive to go with the 1TB drive I have.
Between working nights and lack of hard drive space, I lacked the energy to get things going. However, I’m starting to catch up, I uploaded our drive home last week. I just uploaded the trolley color tour from Sunday, and I’ll put yesterday’s and today’s color commutes online, as well as a bit of a description that I did on the way into work tonight.
Here’s the list of videos so far…
I’ll get some of the pictures together, but here is a link to a story with pictures and videos of the Springmaid Pier that was just a couple hundred yards from the Holiday Inn Beachfront Club, where Mary and I would hang out. All but 100 feet of the Pier is gone. It sounds like the other two piers (14th Avenue N and 2nd Avenue S) suffered damage, but not like Springmaid.
I’m finally starting my color commute production. After getting back from Myrtle Beach a week ago (I’ll have a post on the pre and post of Hurricane Matthew soon as well), I went right to work, as in work work. I was working nights through Thursday morning. Then a day or so to get my energy back. I’m finally feeling good enough to go through the footage of the trip home, to show some color. I also have my GoPro free of the footage as well, so I can start dash-camming. So I’m hoping to get the initial color commute out tonight. Then Tomorrow afternoon, friends of ours who own a trolley or two, are doing a color tour. I’ll have more footage tomorrow.
A small production note…I’m thinking of doing a VLog of the weather, that will be a mix of what Levi Cowen of Tropical Tidbits does, and Casey Niestat (YouTuber extraordinaire). Not a daily weather show, maybe weekly. Obviously, work dependent.
This year’s colors have been slow to change, with the temperatures being a bit warmer than normal through the summer and now early fall. My wife and I went to Myrtle Beach, SC this last week, and while there were a few trees changing as we headed south, coming back today, we saw a lot more. With that happening, I’ll show a subset of our vacation video in the coming days and then start the color commutes. The color is beginning to get going.
I’m trying to get into the habit of blogging and vlogging regularly, again. It’s much easier when a post pops into my head. So, as we start the beginning of fall, the colors are just beginning to change in northern Michigan. I’ll have a few pictures soon, but I did take some video on a walk that my wife and I did in Gaylord, the other day.
I’ll add more as I use my GoPro to time lapse my commutes to and from work depending on the time of day that I have to work (we work different shifts at the office). Most will be in the evening either as I am coming home from a day shift or going to work on a night shift.
My wife and I will be in South Carolina, however, soon, but only for a week. Since our peak color isn’t expected until mid-October, I should be able to get a couple time lapses a week.
This is a classic radar image of lake effect. The winds are out of the northwest blowing across Lakes Superior and Michigan. I found a site that adds the Canadian radars in with the American radars as well.
I see the office has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Lake effect snow for what we in the office used to call the “Big 5”.
The Big 5 would refer to the 5 counties that are grouped together here with the winter storm warning; Charlevoix, Antrim, Otsego, Kalkaska, and Crawford. Looking at the snowfall map and the radar above that, you can see why. Here’s the flow diagram from the office webpage that shows the threat areas with highest probability in purple. While most of the region can get NW flow snow bands, we know from seeing it many times, that the heaviest snow is in the Big 5 region.
Earlier, this week, I said to keep an on this a storm, turns out that it wasn’t the other night’s system that needed to be kept an eye on. Instead, there’s this one. This is really a two for one storm. First we got a weak system with moisture to move into the region, and has given us rain. Now the second shot, a Gulf of Mexico low will move up into the Lower Great Lakes (Lake Erie) by tonight.
This system will pull some of the coldest air down out of Canada that we have seen since last year. The thing about this system is that once this low is through, the temperatures at 850 mb (~5000 ft) remain between -15°C and -20°C through into next weekend. What does that mean? Lake effect will go full force. Not sure yet, but if the winds can stay in one direction long enough with some extra moisture, besides the lake, then somebody in northern Michigan will get a pretty decent snow fall. However, first things first. This one will have a lot of wind blowing the 5-8″ of snow that we will get between this evening and Sunday evening.
Keep an eye on the office page here: www.weather.gov/apx
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