Thanksgiving Interlude

Prairie Wind | 16K HDR Film from Martin Lisius on Vimeo.

From Martin at Prairie Pictures:

Just wanted to invite you to watch “Prairie Wind” 16K (4:05), a tribute to the dynamic skies of Tornado Alley. As far as we know, it is the first-ever video shot on 16K.

You can view it on YouTube

or up to 8K on Vimeo

To view it in 16K:

The 8K version is embedded above.

Here is their press release.






24 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Interlude

  1. Loved it. One does not need a tornado or hurricane to see the majesty, power, complexity, and beauty that we so often forget to observe, appreciate, and contemplate as we scurry about taking care of what we think is important in our daily lives.

    Unlike Remo, I liked the music. Here is my favorite from slide show put to music from Wyman Meinzer who is the official state photographer of Texas. Doug Smith, who wrote the music and plays part of it is blind. Go full screen.

  2. Great video. The cows were hilarious. I grew up in eastern Wyoming, probably within 50 miles of where this video was shot. The weather provided me not only with entertainment and wonder; but an intellectual spur to my getting degrees in geophysics.

    Sped up with time-lapse photography like this, the weather resembles boiling fluid–especially how condensation phenomena seem to be attached to particular places on the ground surface, sort of like nucleating sites in a pan of boiling water.

    • The 21.7 lb Capon is resting on the cutting board. In 15-20 minutes I will start carving and take it to my parents where many relatives will be.

  3. Very Impressive. Music was apropos.

    There was what appeared to be a tornado. Look closely at 3:34, the extreme right.

    Nice work.

  4. There did appear to be a tornado, on the right, at 3:24.

    Nice, I loved it.

    (As even the alarmist Columbia “Earth Observatory” admitted, after Pres. Obama’s erroneous 2014 SOTU speech, if GW was true, California should be wetter. Duh. Where does it rain the most? Just look at where earth is hottest: the tropics. Obama and Moonbeam seem to conflate deserts, caused by high intervening mountain ranges, with heat. Great scientists. Maybe they should stick with law? Or not. Dogcatcher? Great! The dogs would all get away:)

      • That tight whirl in the cloud base? Yeah, that was my thought too, not quite a tornado but definitely on the way to being one.

        Gorgeous video. ^_^

  5. Thank you, CTM. It reminded me of living in Texas, where you can watch massive thunderheads form before they unloaded.

    Thanks again, and a Happy Thanksgiving.


    • When we were in family quarters on Chaffee street at Ft. Sam Houston, TX we were near the top of a ridgeline. We had a great view to watch the storms form. I never saw more rainbows anywhere than there looking out from the back yard. In that yard was a great sprawling oak with a trunk over 4 feet in diameter. At the rate those trees grow in the part of the country I figured that that thing was a sapling when the men at the Alamo breathed their last.

  6. Great video.
    Now climateers how exactly does those clouds work?
    What is the energy balance of clouds?
    Does the water vapor condense to water droplets and back again, dynamically expelling and taking-up latent heat? Isn’t that all there is to this ‘back-radiation’ idea?

  7. Great video. A moving way to get across the point that heat cannot successfully be “trapped” at the surface, at least not for long. The heat engine starts by itself and performs just fine to deliver it upward, and the condensed natural refrigerant drops back down to the surface, all for free.

  8. Beautifully done, and I too love the music..
    As a current resident of tornado (and storm) alley here in Kansas, I recognized a couple of the locations where a couple of these little clips were filmed nearby where we live and farm here. We learned early on to pay close attention to forecasts from NWS, and also closely watch the skies in Spring and Summer when most of this harsh weather happens. We curse it but it’s what grows the wheat and the Hay and the pastures for the animals.. The tornadoes you always hear about on the news are actually pretty rare, mainly you just get really hard rain and a bunch of wind.. Again, nicely done!!

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