Hello! Well, spring is here finally. Goodbye to winter. Along with the blooming of flowers, spring is a season which brings lots of changes. It is at this time that the weather patterns converge and do battle. Spring is moving in but winter is still trying to hang on and so you have the clash of warm, moist air with cool, dry air. This frequently leads to severe weather. As I write this blog entry, one such event is in the stages of forming -- A "Bomb Cyclone".
Not uncommon for us along the east coast during March. Last March 2018, we had four nor'easters and one of them was a "bomb cyclone"! A "bomb cyclone" or "Bombogensis" is a storm that undergoes rapid strengthening. However, it is not the lowest pressure that defines bombogenisis but rather how quickly the pressure within the storm plummets. When the barometric pressure falls at least 0.71 of an inch (24 millibars) in 24 hours, a storm has undergone bombogenesis.
This time of year also gives nature photographers the chance to capture other atmospheric subjects such as rainbows, halos, sundogs, sun pillars, fog, severe thunderstorms and lightning, even tornadic activity depending on where you reside. Macro photographers also love this time of year because flowers start to bloom and nature wakes up.
I know I am excited because the winter has ended and the spring invites warmer temperatures that allow for more pleasant conditions to photograph in. So keep an eye to the sky, the daily weather, be safe and get out into nature and look for those "On the Edge" subjects!