The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's C-130 instrumented research aircraft was stationed at Willard Airport in Champaign, IL, during the winter of 2009-10 as a part of the Profiling of Winter Storms (PLOWS) project. I took my classes to visit the project on February 3, 2010.
I flew to Phoenix for a friend's wedding on November 5, 2010. I had some time to kill the day before the wedding, so I ventured outside of town for some desert photography. This picture was taken along Bartlett Dam Road northeast of Scottsdale, AZ.
What trip to Arizona is complete without a photo of a Saguaro Cactus? Taken along Bartlett Dam Road northeast of Scottsdale, AZ, on November 5, 2010.
DOW in Action
I was a co-principal investigator of a field project to examine long-lake axis parallel (LLAP) snow bands with a Doppler on Wheels radar in December 2010 and January 2011. My teaching schedule allowed me to get into the field in an active period during early January 2010. Here, DOW7 scans inside of a lake-effect snow band near Williamstown, NY, on January 3, 2011. The use of a longer exposure blurs the dish and falling snow while the strobe light illuminates much of the foreground.
DOW in Snow
A slightly different angle on the Doppler on Wheels radar reveals a quieter scene, without the bright caution strobes illuminating the foreground. The camera flash lit up several large aggregate snowflakes falling at the time. Taken near Williamstown, NY, on January 3, 2011.
Conifers after the Snow
After staying awake most of the night, we returned the next afternoon to shovel out the truck. The area was a winter wonderland. Taken near Williamstown, NY, on January 3, 2011.
New York Barn in Winter
The drive from Williamstown to Oswego, NY, was like driving through a winter postward with over a foot of fresh snowfall clinging to everything, including this old barn and silo. Taken near Williamstown, NY, January 3, 2011.
Lake Ontario Sunset
After a 24-hour lull in lake-effect operations, we returned to the field on the evening of January 4, 2011, near Fair Haven, NY, on the shore of Lake Ontario. Before the lake-effect band set up, we were treated to a nice New York sunset.
The beaches near Fair Haven, NY, were covered with these small stones that had been rounded from years of erosion due to the Lake Ontario waves. Taken January 4, 2011.
Snowy Road after Midnight
The lake-effect band dumped a good foot of snow on the area. We undeployed and headed home before it was done snowing (small crew so there were fatigue issues) and I snapped this picture on a deserted, snow-covered stretch of highway east of Fair Haven, NY, just after midnight on January 5, 2011.
Mackinac in Winter
For New Year's 2011-12, I deicded to visit some friends in northern Minnesota. I opted for the longer, but more scenic drive from my parents' house near Detroit to the frozen hinterland. Here, I stopped for some pictures of the Mackinac Bridge in Mackinaw City, MI, before crossing the bridge as light snow fell. The Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse is in the foreground. Taken December 29, 2011.
Crossing the Mackinac Bridge
Crossing the Mackinac Bridge in light snow as I journeyed from Detroit to northern Minnesota on December 29, 2011.
Munising Falls in Winter
Not wanting to do the entire 800-mile drive in one day in late December, I opted for more sightseeing on my way northwest. Here is partially-frozen Munising Falls, east of Marquette, MI, on December 29, 2011. The babble of flowing water around the ice as light snow fell made me think that the falls, like me, were waiting for spring.
North Woods in Winter
After visiting Munising Falls and stopping by Lake Superior, I snapped this shot along an empty dirt road before joining the main highway to Marquette, MI. Taken December 29, 2011.
Pastel Winter Sunset
My friends and I went to one of the nearby lakes for sunset on January 2, 2012. The approaching sunset tinted the eastern sky a pastel pink which reflected off the ice atop the lake (it was thick enough to stand on), giving a degree of warmth to the bitter cold. Taken near Coleraine, MN.
Northwoods Sky on Fire
As we headed home, we had to stop for this sunset as an approaching altocumulus deck was lit afire by the setting sun, silhouetting the foreground trees. Taken near Coleraine, MN, January 2, 2012.
Lake Decatur Sunset
The University of Illinois hosted the Doppler on Wheels radar for an educational deployment during April 2012 and I took my mesoscale meteorology students out several times to observe weather phenomena. During times of clear weather, like April 22, 2012, we scanned other targets, such as the smoke plume emanating from the Archers-Daniels-Midland plant near Decatur, IL. It wasn't too interesting to see on radar, but we got a nice sunset out of it.
After a long weekend in the Outer Banks of North Carolina with friends, I journeyed north to appropriately spend the Fourth of July in Philadelphia with other friends. Here is Independence Hall on July 6, 2012.
While in Philadelphia, we went to a Phillies game (tickets were easy to come by) on July 7, 2012. A storm approached before the game started, prompting a rain delay. Unfortunately, the storm died as it came into the city, leaving us with upper 70s dewpoints for the evening.
My friend Victor returned the favor from New Year's and visited Illinois in October 2012. We played a round of disc golf at Lohmann Park in Urbana on the 7th, and I snapped an early-changing maple at peak color with my cell phone.