Dia de Muertos

I spent the evening capturing wonderful images at the Winchester Cultural Center in Las Vegas, Nevada for the “Dia De Muertos” celebration.  Dia de Muertos or The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday.  It is acknowledged internationally in many other cultures. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey.  People go to cemeteries to be with the souls of the departed and build private altars containing the favorite…

Chasing Down a Supercell

When it’s May you chase.  During the week of May 22, 2016, a southward dip in the jet stream occurred in the West near Colorado, with favorable thermodynamics advecting northwards and setting the potential for a tornado outbreak. In the early afternoon of May 22, 2016, an Enhanced Risk was issued by the Storm Prediction Center for extreme southwestern Kansas, the Oklahoma Panhandle and northern Texas.  Numerous tornadoes touched down along the dryline that evening, with the strongest tornadoes touching down in Texas.        

Las Vegas Storm Chase

LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 13: Lightning explodes over the city of Las Vegas, Nevada September 13, 2017.  The monsoon season in Vegas often brings some interesting activity from the sky. The monsoon season in Vegas often brings some interesting activity from the sky.   When I am in Las Vegas during the monsoon season, a significant part of my time is trying to find a storm tracking in the right direction across the Las Vegas Valley.  Sometimes chasing storms in Vegas is bust and sometimes it is a boom.  This…

Kansas Storm Chase

DEXTER, KANSAS – MAY 31, 2017:  The sun sets May 31, 2017, after a day of storm chasing severe weather near Dexter, Kansas. (Photo by Marc Sanchez) Kansas.  I love storm chasing in Kansas.  It was in Kansas I saw an epic F3/F4 tornado near Dodge City on May 24, 2016.    Like most of my storm chasing adventures on the plains, this day was memorable.  After a long day of chasing severe weather near Dexter, Kansas I found myself parked on this old dirt road watching the sunset.  The…

NHRA DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals

LAS VEGAS, NV – APRIL 01: Ron Capps (1 FC) Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) Dodge Charger NHRA Funny Car deploys a parachute during the NHRA DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals on April 01, 2017 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Marc Sanchez/Icon Sportswire)

Live From The Field: NHRA Leah Pritchett

LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 27: Pritchett piloted her Pennzoil Top Fuel dragster to a 3.705 pass at 326.63 miles per hour during the second qualifying session to set the track elapsed time record. She will be racing for her second No. 1 qualifier of the season and of her Top Fuel career.

Live From The Field: NHRA Leah Pritchett

LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 27: Pritchett piloted her Pennzoil Top Fuel dragster to a 3.705 pass at 326.63 miles per hour during the second qualifying session to set the track elapsed time record. She will be racing for her second No. 1 qualifier of the season and of her Top Fuel career.    

Perseids Meteor Shower

2016 August 11: A general view of the Perseids meteor shower near Nipton, California. The Perseids are a prolific meteor shower associated with the comet Swift–Tuttle. The Perseids appear to originate from the constellation Perseus. The name derives in part from the word Perseides, a term found in Greek mythology referring to the sons of Perseus.

Milky Way at Walking Box Ranch

2016 August 03: A view of the Milky Way from the Walking Box Ranch near Searchlight, Nevada. Walking Box Ranch, originally part of the million-acre Rock Springs Land & Cattle Company was purchased in 1931 by silent era movie stars Rex Bell and Clara Bow. They purchased the Ranch as a retreat from Hollywood. The Ranch was not far from the railroad station at Nipton, California, about a one-day train ride from Hollywood. Originally called the Box K, in 1936 the ranch was named “Walking Box” after a tripod mounted…

Storm Chase Dodge City, Kansas

May 24, 2016 was an epic day storm chasing on the plains. The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) had forecasted an enhanced risk for the day and I was ready for another epic day of chasing.  I was in Shamrock, Texas and it seemed like an eternity waiting for the latest forecast model.  I sat and waited, drove around, fueled up, looked at the SPC website, checked the mesoanalysis page, and chatted on messenger in an attempt to figure out where the target area was going to be for the afternoon.…