Archive for the ‘Weather’ Category

Every snowflake that’s fallen this year

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

When you have this much snow, there’s only one thing to do:

A bit wet…

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Some pretty serious downpours came through right at commute time. Here is an example of what this did to my drive home.

Light Pillars at Sunday River

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Enjoying our ski trip to Sunday River in Maine. Some fresh snowfall today added to the surface provided by copious snow-guns. This evening the snow changed to a fine crystal ‘mist’ which created these light pillars above the night skiers.

Friends and a stormy drive

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

Reaching back a bit before my last posting, the fam drove out to visit friends in Troy for their son’s 1st birthday party. It worked out nicely, as this was the weekend K had already planned to take the kids up to Maine. We drove out separately so I could return home and save precious vacation for later ventures.

It was rather fun to see more of our college friends with kids of their own. We weren’t exactly first adopters of the whole ‘start-a-family’ thing amongst the college crowd, but we’re also far from the last. To the parents at that party, and you know who you are, I have a rather nice portrait of the birthday boy and the sweet little baby girl in the strawberry hat. I feel somewhat odd about posting your kid’ pictures to my website, so instead here are some lily’s from the garden. [1]



On the way home, I dodged thunderstorms which literally flanked me on both sides. It made for a slow drive, not because of the rain or wind but for the many stops I made to take pictures of the sky.




And finding spots to get lightning pictures… like this pagoda in West Winfield.

  1. I’ll send them by email instead. []

The Schierer Snow Park

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Since the Central New York weather has finally cooperated to produce a significant snow fall.[1] In fact, prior to this event Baltimore, MD, was actually ahead of Syracuse for most snowfall in a US city this year. [2]
After piling all of the snow from the driveway next to the driveway, the temptation to carve out a fort and some tunnels was overwhelming. With Nate’s ‘help’ we constructed a pretty decent snow park with canyon-like paths, a tunnel, a fort and a slide.

Here are some highlights:



No snow park would be complete without a snow-bunny… [3]

More fun in the snow in Nate’s gallery.

More pics of Rachel added too.

  1. We’ve been getting steady amounts which have amounted to very little significant accumulation. This was finally a storm that dumped a significant amount over a few days. []
  2. A population of over 100,000 if I recall the bracket. []
  3. Who has since melted enough that it lost its head. Apparently this was the cause of some significant distress for one of Nate’s playmates. []

Circumzenithal Arc Video

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

Optics Picture of the Day brings us this beautiful video of a circumzenithal arc that appears periodically as the high altitude clouds float by.

Colors of Fall

Friday, October 16th, 2009

The thermometer has taken a dive for the cellar and what was a beautiful start to fall has pretty much skipped right to November. This morning, the frost was definitely on the pumpkins.[1]

However, over the last few weeks we’ve been enjoying the rainbow of leaves and the autumn activities here in Central New York. [2]

Our pumpkins with Nate for scale.

After work today Nate and I had some fun playing in a big pile of leaves in the front yard. Honestly, this is probably the first time in 4-5 years I’ve actually raked leaves. I guess I had a good reason for once.

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Also check out some of the other new pics of Nate that have been posted: Nate helping paint the nursery, Nate giving K the “No Mommy” face, etc.

  1. Snow actually. []
  2. I admit to wondering if I’ve managed to capture the new logo for the GBLA of Canada. []

Officially reached seriously cold.

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

K opened a can of Coke a little while ago and it was partially frozen. We keep the cases in our garage entryway. This space is enclosed between the insulated/heated part of the house and the interior wall of the garage.

I guess it’s time to move the soft drinks before they aren’t.

Lightning… but slower.

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

First, I have to shamelessly (re)link to this fantastic video that the Bad Astronomer mentioned on his blog a week or so. If you haven’t already taken the time to watch, it is truly a beautiful thing: high-speed video of a Saturn V launch set to some nice spacey environmental music.

Of course, then I started flipping along on VideoSift looking at other high-speed video… which of course is a confusing term since it results in slow-motion footage… but anyway I found this clip which is indescribably awesome.

I’ve heard that lightning bolts actually travel up from the ground after an initial smaller charge traveled down, but I’ve never seen video of this before. Of course, once I found this one, I learned that there are many other similar videos on YouTube. Lightning has always fascinated me. I think I’m going to have to rent this cabin some day.

The fall of Fall

Sunday, November 18th, 2007

Some of you who have visited in the last month are aware that I’ve been shooting images for an extended time lapse video. The subject was the maple tree in our front yard through the month of October. I was hoping to capture the entire transition to winter, but unfortunately the computer capturing the images had some kind of crash. By the time I noticed, several days had gone by, irrevocably breaking the chain.

So I give to you two videos which end at the climax of fall color, rather than the true start of winter as I hoped. The first is images taken 15 minutes apart and displayed at 15 frames per second (time compression of 13500x) . I removed the night shots, so each day will transition from sunrise to sunset in about 10 to 12 seconds. This video shows a rather nice demonstration of how much a tree actually moves due to wind, rain, and yes… fog.

Movie one [80.2 MB]

The second uses the same images as the first, but only the image taken at 2PM each day. The images do a sort-of cross-fade transition, so it gives the illusion that a day has passed. This video transitions each day in about 1 second, so almost a month goes by in less than 30 seconds.

Movie two [28.9 MB]