Capturing the Storm

Let’s be honest, if you spend any amount of time on social media you have undoubtedly seen some really cool pictures of weather. The platform seems perfectly suited for the convergence of smartphones and weather geekdom. The most common subjects that I notice tend to be sunrise-sunset and tornadic storms. However, shelf clouds are putting in a bid for a place in the top tier too. Lightning is another fascinating weather phenomenon often photographed, but it is a bit more challenging for the novice photographer (and dangerous too).

Weather Geeks executive producer and meteorologist Mike Chesterfield writes “chances are you have seen those amazing images of lightning streaking aimlessly across the sky, or the beautiful rainbow arcing over a cityscape. Sometimes it feels like Mother Nature is just showing off, almost daring us to try to catch her in action.” Professional Photographer Nick Ulivieri always takes the dare.

Not only does he take the dare, he dominates the dare. His weather photography is honestly (and without exaggeration) some of the best in the world. You will not believe how he “captures the storms”. It involves helicopters, skyscrapers, and other perspectives that I am probably not going to get using my android phone. Nick Uliveieri (follow him on Twitter here) is someone that we have wanted to have on Weather Geeks for several years now. We have been silently “trolling” his brilliance.

During my discussion with him on Sunday, he provides insight on how he got into weather photography. He also explains how what he does is different than chasing and provides a tutorial on how you can get really cool lightning photographs too. However, the show’s climax is when Nick reveals what he thinks are his “Top 5” weather photographs. He also tells the stories behind them.

And let me just close by noting that this is the start of a series of amazing Weather Geeks episodes over the next few months. Upcoming episodes will explore (in a way that you have never seen, trust me) the structure of tornadic storms, examine the future of tornado and severe storm prediction, and talk to 2 legends of the meteorological profession.

We all love weather so make sure you join us Sundays on The Weather Channel for Weather Geeks. The show always airs Noon ET (11 am CT, 10 am MT, 9 am PT).

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