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Quadrantid Meteors and fireball photo.

Yesterday, Jan 4th, 2012,  Earth passed through a stream of debris from shattered comet 2003 EH1 which is the source of the Quadrantid meteors.

While not feeling that great, I went out in the cold weather and hung out in the uber secret spot that I use when I need to be in almost total darkness just north of Saint Cloud.  I say almost total darkness as in no traffic, no street lights and no light pollution in the field of view.

What happened to winter in Minnesota?

While I have been busy working in the new office getting things ready for the web updates, I still  love to go out and see some weather even if it is winter weather.  Only one problem, there has only been two major storms of interesting the past month.  One I did cover and the other one was in southern, Minnesota well south of the metro area that I did not cover since it was a non story event.

Working on stuff and some new videos and photos

Well I have been busy working on a ton of stuff behind the scenes for several tv shows and keeping out of trouble since the weather has been pretty lame, er scratch that, very lame for anything all fall.  We have had one winter storm and some decent aurora borealis photo ops but nothing extreme, nothing crazy, almost dare I say, boring.

Last Friday we did a video for the crazy shoping on Black Friday and even that was not too crazy. 

Here is the footage we shot around the Twin Cities of people in line for Black Friday sales. 

11/19/2011 Stearns County, MN First Winter Storm Of 2011 / 2012 season.

A winter storm hit the central Minnesota area of Stearns County with some areas receiving almost a foot of snow.

A narrow band of heavy snow hit the area this afternoon and caused hundreds of accidents.

The heavy snow and numerous accidents caused Interstate 94 west of Saint Cloud, MN to be closed for several hours this afternoon.

At one point the road conditions were so poor that in order to open up the interstate, a Minnesota State Trooper had to guide a Snow Plow through the traffic jam just to get to the major wreck the shut down the interstate.

Catching up on stuff and something interesting about my family.

Been busy working at the new office for the last few weeks trying to make a dent in all the new stock footage and the new video company that I'm working on.  More details about the new company will be out soon but for now, its still under wraps. 

It's been pretty busy here trying to catalog and edit all the new footage.  I have about two more terabytes of stuff to review before I'll be caught up but I'm pushing to get it all done and then start working on the new photo from the last year to get all of them on line and cataloged.  It's just a lot of work.

10/1/2011 Minneapolis, MN Lake Harriet Fall Colors

Today was a first.  I did my first 5K run/jog this morning at the Timber Dash.  I figured what the heck since it was a Walk/Run/Jog event for a good cause.

The Timber Dash event raises money with all proceeds directly benefiting PATH Crisis Nursery serving Wright County.  It is more like a fast paced nature trail hike through Lake Maria State Park near Monticello, MN.  Lets just say I am out of shape still but this kicked my butt today and will be continuing to go to the gym to see how fast I can do it next year.

9/27/2011 Aurora Borealis - Northern Lights over Lake Osakis - Osakis, MN

A little late on the posting but I was up all night and into the afternoon yesterday for another 24+ hours after staying up all night to wait for the Auroras.

The cloud cover was pretty bad around Saint Cloud, MN so I drove up to an alternate location that I had been wanting to try and document the Northern Lights, which was at the south end of Lake Osakis in Osakis, MN.

9/25/2011 Ely, MN area fall colors

With the cooler nights and shorter daylight hour's the fall season annual changing of the colors is happening a few weeks ahead of schedule.

In this video shot around the Ely, MN area on Sunday it shows how the colors are starting to peak with vivid Red, Orange, and Yellow leafs as the the Maple, Birch, Oaks and Aspen are all getting into their most extreme colors of the season.