Monthly Archives: June 2017

Storm Chasing Olympia Style

Olympia Severe Warned Storm

The Olympia doesn’t get many severe warned storms, but we had one this year

If you have followed me and my photography at all you will know that severe weather is far and away my favorite photographic subject.  I was chasing storms before I knew that storm chasing was actually a thing and knew that when I moved back home to the Pacific Northwest back in 2012 that having severe warned storms here was going to be a somewhat rare occasion.

Since we moved to Olympia back in the spring of 2012 we have had one severe warned storm come through the metro area.  We have had a few in the general area, usually to the south of us, so I was pretty excited when everything lined up in early May for what ended up being a pretty epic storm.

This image was captured after the severe warned cell passed over my head.  I sat in 14.5″ an hour rain.  For those that don’t know, 14.5″ an hour is a crazy amount of rain.  Shortly after this storm passed over me, near the Olympia airport, it travelled to the northeast, over Lacey, WA, where it developed into a wet microburst that did an impressive amount of damage.

I am looking forward to making a trip or two to Arizona over the next month or two and hope to get some Arizona monsoon chasing in, it is one of the things from Arizona that I truly miss.

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Gilbert Silos at Sunset

Gilbert Silos

The Gilbert Silos captured at sunset

When one things of capturing an image of a grain silo at sunset, Arizona is probably not the first location that comes to mind.  You would probably think of somewhere like the Palouse region here in Washington State, but in the far east valley of the Phoenix area is the town of Gilbert, which has the Gilbert Silos.

Gilbert, while technically a suburb of Phoenix, is actually a good distance to the south and east of Phoenix, and was a huge agriculture center for decades.  Now days it has become developments of track houses in neighborhoods that look just like any other suburban neighborhood and a downtown that is really trying to give downtown Scottsdale a run for its money when it comes to trendy restaurants and shops.

The nice thing though is that this set of silos, while sort of in the middle of those suburban neighborhoods, still stands, and the residents in the area seem to want them to stay.  

I have shot these silos a number of times but I hadn’t been back to them in a few years until last week when I was out shooting with my good friend Bryan Snider.  It was fun to visit again and we were even rewarded with a nice sunset.

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