The effects of a few days of heavy rains across parts of South Dakota have wreaked havoc on many of the rivers but the Big Sioux River is near my home and one of most concern for me. Not only has she swollen out of her banks but once again the city has had to pump sewage into the river and you can smell it. I won’t blame all of the smell on that but boy does the river just carry an awful odor right now. Many areas look ok but the north side of town is really bearing the brunt of it all with access on many roads closed off.
I took a few shots near what would normally be the intersection of E. 60th St and Timberline Ave which at this point is completely underwater by a very powerful flow from the river.
I kinda like these last shots
First day of fall and BAM! I’m out chasing severe weather.
I half heartedly watched the storms pop up all morning today and I was home sick. I mean really sick. Very sick indeed, kept an eye on things developing and I saw a window of opportunity from a cell I was watching passing over Turner County, SD and it was heading right for me. Well maybe a little southeast of me but close enough I could rationalize chasing it in my mind. So headed out to intercept in Canton, SD. I have a really close friend that lives and works in Canton so I thought I’d pop in and say hey, I mean what better conditions right? As I approached Canton I could see right away this thing had some hail in it.
While it wasn’t one of those storms that you drive hundreds of miles for in hopes for a tornado, this was one that if you were close enough it was worth investigating.
I pulled up to my friends place of business and he was in the back of the shop. I saw me pop in and asked “What brings you here?” I replied “Hail”. After pointing out the front window and showing the storm that was on the way he quickly pulled his truck in the shop with not a moment to spare. Within a minuet or two the hail started coming down. Pretty good stuff too 1.5”. I took off out of there to get out of the core while chatting with Tony Barlow from Keloland all the while hoping I didn’t lose another windshield.
After the storm passed I headed back for home grabbing some shots along the way.
Found this really cool weather software called yowindow.
YoWindow reflects the weather in a landscape.
It works like looking out of your window. That simple! But you can look into the future.
Now you can see the weather without ever looking at numbers. Or you can display your numbers. The free version shows 3 days of forecast weather and the ultimate version $9.99 has up to 9 days. I thought it was cool enough to buy it after I added my own picture so I did. Now I’ve got a 9 day look at the weather anywhere. Forecast comes from the National Weather Service and the location of the sun, moon, moon phase, sunrise and sunset times correspond to the actual values for the place you choose.
The look of the landscape changes considerably depending on the season. YoWindow selects the most appropriate season for the given date at the place you choose (we use weather history). Scroll through the year using the calendar – and you will see how seasons change.
Occasionally, you may notice interesting objects in the skies like a plane or a shooting star.
With a little photo editing you can add your own image like this one I shot from this season:
This software is fantastic and fun it features:
- Full featured weather station for Windows and Mac OS
- Real cloud coverage, rain/snow, mist, grass swings to the wind, Sun, Moon, mist, thunderstorms…
- You can scroll the time! You can look at the weather hour by hour, minute by minute.
- Turn any picture into YoWindow landscape
- Temperature on desktop – near the system clock
- Plug in your Personal Weather Station
Check it out yowindow.com