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This is an index of my most recent posts, in chronological order. You can also subscribe to the Blog RSS/XML feed or view the post archives page.

Latest Blog Posts Index:

March 28:
First chases of the year: Missouri/Illinois, March 24-25 >>

The first thunderstorm chases of the year are in the books! To be specific, one tornado chase (bust) on Tuesday and a lightning outing on Wednesday.

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March 6:
Chase blog kickoff; forecast update for March 14 >>

Here we go! The 2015 spring storm season is arriving soon, so it's time to brush off the forecasting skills and start paying attention to what model forecasts are telling us about potential upcoming chase setups. Read full post >>

March 6:
Annual March 1 post; Stormtrack relaunch; STL winter events >>

It's that time of year again! I'm a little late this time in making my annual meteorological spring blog post, but I've been very busy with many different projects and just haven't had the time to do it earlier. After a particularly brutal winter mainly along and east of the Mississippi River, the light is finally at the end of the tunnel. Read full post >>

February 24:
Three simple questions for the "relaxed copyright" camp >>

I'm waiting for some real answers to these questions from people who either support relaxing copyright laws or oppose laws that help content creators deal with copyright infringment Read full post >>

February 5:
Music from MBN Saturday Night on Moody Broadcasting >>

When Steve Wick was the host of MBN Saturday Night in the late 1990s, the last few minutes of each hourly segment of the show featured some Christian jazz selections. These were mainly instrumental renditions of classic hymns, really creative stuff that I enjoyed. A few years ago, I started searching for these on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play without any luck. Last week, I discovered that Steve Wick maintained a web site, and sent him an email about the end-of-show music. He was gracious enough to respond with a list, which I'm repeating here. Read full post >>

February 4:
"Mr. Twister" following was built with copyright infringement >>

A common illicit practice in social media is to use infringement-based "content aggregation" to build one's initial following, that is, copying wildly popular photos and videos such as breaking news imagery and iconic photographs. Instead of sharing others' images properly (using the 'share' or 'retweet' button), these individuals will simply upload a separate copy of the image or video to their page's account. By doing this, all of the social media benefit of the image - called 'engagement' - goes to the infringer's page, and not the original photographer's. The act is justified in their minds by giving the photographer a "credit line".

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February 3:
Be aware of what ISN'T Christianity >>

I know I'm revisiting this subject matter a little here, but I'm just compelled to write about this again because I keep seeing the issue pop up in our culture. There are a lot of false teachers calling themselves "Christian" today. This shouldn't come as any big surprise, since Jesus Himself warned us that they'd be out there.

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January 17:
Top 10 storm chasing and weather captures in 2014 >>

Everybody does a new year's "top ten list" blog post these days, so here is mine. 2014 was a well-above-average year for me in terms of compelling imagery and video captured.

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January 13:
Stormtrack; 5 years in STL; Texas icy road trip >>

I'm still in the midst of my two-full-time-jobs interval (hence the lack of posts), but have a couple of days off this week to catch up. Among the tasks was to create all of the 2015 folders and scripts on this site in preparation for the upcoming season, and get at least one post on the books for the new year.

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December 24:
Christmas Eve-Eve Sunset in St. Louis >>

There was a slim chance for a decent sunset over the city on the evening of Tuesday the 23rd, thanks to a small area of cloud-free clearing to the west in central Missouri.

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November 10:
Fall sunsets in St. Louis; Work intervals II >>

This isn't going to be much more than a filler post to keep some things going here during this very boring (albeit productive) span of web design work I'm neck-deep in. As I've mentioned before, I do mainly freelance web design work as my main 'vehicle' that enables the freedom I have to chase storms.

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October 13:
Rope tornado at New Baden, Illinois - October 13 >>

I observed a brief tornado exactly 1.1 miles from home today in my town of New Baden, Illinois (just east of St. Louis) at approximately 1:35PM CDT today. This was my first October tornado intercept, and my closest one to home yet (it doesn't get much closer than that without a direct hit).

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October 11:
Probable tornado in Vanceburg, Kentucky - October 7 >>

Contrary to what most people might think, Kentucky is actually not that bad of a storm chasing state. The terrain is not impossible for chasing (albeit is is challenging, but not any more than eastern Oklahoma) and the region receives quite a few decent events each year. Despite that, a no-doubt-about-it, asterisk-free tornado intercept in the Bluegrass State has eluded me so far.

Possible tornado in Vanceburg, Kentucky

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October 2:
St. Louis metro severe storms - October 1 and 2 >>

Yet another 1,000 mile trip back home to St. Louis (from a medium-term business trip) for a round of fall severe weather. First was lightning over St. Louis on Wednesday night. The last round of significant storms rolled through the metro area around 5PM, with the most impressive gust front shelf cloud I've seen over the city yet.

Severe thunderstorm shelf cloud over St. Louis

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September 25:
Work intervals >>

The past month has been a whirlwind of work and storm chasing travels, with at least 5,000 miles put on my car since mid-August. Read full post >>

September 13:
Icy Road Safety update for 2014 >>

Just a quick post to announce that a redesign of the icyroadsafety.com web site is complete. In addition to making the entire site mobile-friendly, all of the main educational sections of the site have been sequenced together in an online course format. Read full post >>

September 11:
More late summer storms in the St. Louis metro >>

Tuesday the 9th brought yet another barrage of close lightning over downtown St. Louis, but no strikes to the Arch. Read full post >>

September 9:
Site updates for August 2014; leaving Facebook for good >>

As of Wednesday, I will be ditching my personal Facebook account permanently (the Storm Highway page will remain and stay updated). If you've been a friend or reader for years, you know I've tried ditching Facebook a couple of times in the past, yet still came back. So what's different about this time, you ask? Read full post >>

September 5:
Lightning barrage over downtown St. Louis - September 5, 2014 >>

This was a frustrating day when just about everything that could have gone wrong, did. I say 'just about' because it certainly could have been a lot worse, and for that I was thankful! These were the two gallery-worthy captures from the day. Read full post >>

September 1:
Labor Day supercells in the St. Louis metro - September 1, 2014 >>

Two supercells traversed the St. Louis metro area on Monday night. This first elevated one at Pontoon Beach, IL crossed the northern side of the metro area, producing frequent intense lightning.

Supercell at Pontoon Beach, IL
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August 27:
Lightning striking the Gateway Arch twice - August 27, 2014 >>

Lightning struck the Gateway Arch twice on Wednesday, August 27, 2014. The first was a direct cloud-to-ground strike, the second an upward lightning leader in response to another close strike nearby.

Lightning strikes the Gateway Arch

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August 24:
Lightning photo fakes: how to spot one >>

I spend time every day searching for new lightning photos and videos posted in various places on the internet. This is mainly to patrol for copyright infringement of my own work, but these searches also will occasionally turn up some interesting new shots I hadn't seen before. I also come across many deceptively fake images, a phenomenon that seems to be increasing among amateur and professional photographers alike. Read full post >>

Copyright and DMCA Frequently Asked Questions >>

Copyright infringement by those taking my work is a continuous problem that I spend at least one hour per day battling. Sometimes I get the email from incredulous offenders and 'bystanders' asking these questions after getting a DMCA takedown - here are my answers. Read full post >>

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