Thursday, April 28, 2016

SPECIAL EDITION: WEATHER PHOTO GALLERY ! Wow! What is your worst weather?

What is your worst weather?
Special Photo Gallery


We all have different types of weather where ever we live.  In certain parts of the world, you have to worry about hurricanes or typhoons.  In other parts of the world, you have to worry about the extreme hot weather and dust storms.  In other parts of the world, it's the tornado's.  In the northern part of the world, and the most southern part of the world, it's the brutal winters.  Whatever type of weather we all have, maybe you are thinking:  I am glad I don't live over there, where ever there is, because they have such and such type of weather.  So, today, I wanted to show some gallery photos of some of the ravages of the weather, different types of weather our world has.  And then we can all be grateful we have survived them all.  And remember, I think it will only get worse before it gets better.  Mother nature may have some real surprises yet to give us.

Strong winds uproot whole trees, down power lines.

Lightning:  one of the worst killer in weather related storms.

tornado is a violently rotating column of air that is in contact with both the surface of the earth and a cumulonimbus cloud or, in rare cases, the base of a cumulus cloud. They are often referred to as twisters orcyclones,[1] although the word cyclone is used in meteorology, in a wider sense, to name any closed low pressure circulation. Tornadoes come in many shapes and sizes, but they are typically in the form of a visible condensation funnel, whose narrow end touches the earth and is often encircled by a cloud of debris and dust. Most tornadoes have wind speeds less than 110 miles per hour (180 km/h), are about 250 feet (80 m) across, and travel a few miles (several kilometers) before dissipating. The most extreme tornadoes can attain wind speeds of more than 300 miles per hour (480 km/h), stretch more than two miles (3 km) across, and stay on the ground for dozens of miles (more than 100 km).[2][3][4]
Various types of tornadoes include the landspoutmultiple vortex tornado, and waterspout. Waterspouts are characterized by a spiraling funnel-shaped wind current, connecting to a large cumulus or cumulonimbus cloud. They are generally classified as non-supercellulartornadoes that develop over bodies of water, but there is disagreement over whether to classify them as true tornadoes. These spiraling columns of air frequently develop in tropical areas close to the equator, and are less common at high latitudes.[5] Other tornado-like phenomena that exist in nature include the gustnadodust devilfire whirls, and steam devildownbursts are frequently confused with tornadoes, though their action is dissimilar.
Tornadoes have been observed on every continent except Antarctica. However, the vast majority of tornadoes occur in the Tornado Alleyregion of the United States, although they can occur nearly anywhere in North America.[6] They also occasionally occur in south-central and eastern Asia, northern and east-central South America, Southern Africa, northwestern and southeast Europe, western and southeastern Australia, and New Zealand.[7] Tornadoes can be detected before or as they occur through the use of Pulse-Doppler radar by recognizing patterns in velocity and reflectivity data, such as hook echoes or debris balls, as well as through the efforts of storm spotters.

Floods:  The results of too much rain, or snow runoff coming down too quickly.

It seems that wild storms and tornadoes are occurring more frequently and the consequences are more severe then ever. You probably faced some of these sights before. They’re horrible and magnificent at the same time. The forces of nature have enormous power:
photo by Jason Whitman
photo by Rachel Gardner
photo by MattysFlicks
photo by Matthew McCain
photo by Werner
photo by Daniel Rodriguez
photo by kyle mackinnon
photo by John S

All types of bad weather
How do you get out of this?  
Scenes of a hurricane or a typhoon 
Tips for protecting your photo gear in 
bad weather:

As the old adage goes, prevention is better than cure. There’s no better way to prevent damage to your equipment than to actually buy equipment that’s capable of withstanding the vagaries of Mother Nature. There’s more than one reason why professionals prefer the bigger, more expensive equipment. One of them is they are weather sealed.
keeping your equipment dry in wet weather
Jarvis’s D4S absolutely drenched in water and still shooting!

But wait, isn’t professional equipment super expensive? Yes, it is, and not many can afford it. Here are a couple of cheap hacks from Jarvis for those who have prosumer or anything that’s less than pro-grade cameras and lenses. The first one’s easy and you can pick one up from the motel where you’re probably staying during your travels: a shower cap! Just wrap one around your camera and voila! You have yourself a perfect water proofing solution. It may even work better than a fancy water sealed housing.
shower cap as camera covers
Shower caps make great camera covers!

A problem that you’re likely to face in bad weather, even if you have pro grade equipment, is wiping your lens clean when it is super wet.
cleaning a wet lens
How do you clean this?
Fancy lens cloths will do. But they’ll probably ruin it for the remainder of the session. What you need to do is find a shammy cloth. You don’t need to wipe all the water off the lens.
wet weather equipment protection tips
Use something like this for blotting the water off your lens.
Just blot the lens, allow the cloth to absorb all the water, and then give the front element a good wipe with the fancy lens cloth.
lens cloth, wet weather shooting
Now give it a good wipe with the lens cloth.
These tips might just save you from some very uncomfortable situations and streaky pictures.
The dreaded landslide.
drought is a period of below-average precipitation in a given region, resulting in prolonged shortages in its water supply, whether atmospheric, surface water or ground water. A drought can last for months or years, or may be declared after as few as 15 days. [1]It can have a substantial impact on the ecosystem and agriculture of the affected regionl[2]and harm to the local economy.[3] Annual dry seasons in the tropics significantly increase the chances of a drought developing and subsequent bush fires. Periods of heat can significantly worsen drought conditions by hastening evaporation of water vapor.
Many plant species, such as those in the family Cactaceae (or cacti), have adaptations like reduced leaf area and waxy cuticles to enhance their ability to tolerate drought. Some others survive dry periods as buried seeds. Semi-permanent drought produces arid biomes such as deserts and grasslands.[4] Prolonged droughts have caused mass migrations and humanitarian crises. Most arid ecosystems have inherently low productivity. The most prolonged drought ever in the world in recorded history occurred in the Atacama Desert inChile (400 Years).


So, that is my special on weather, weather disasters and what to expect, and also some tips on how we can get around the weather situations with our cameras. 
Camera articles courtesy of PictureCorrect.

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