Time-Lapse Video: Winter Storm Draco “Blizzard” Version 4

Time-lapse photo series of the Great Wisconsin Blizzard of 2012 (aka “Draco”), taken between 11p December 19 and 9p December 20. Taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, controlled by DSLR Assistant for OSX. Capture interval: 90 seconds.
Frame speed in replay: 0.025 second per photo.

Took Attempt #001 video and sped it up to 4x. This makes it 3600x the speed of “real,” or each second represents the passage of one hour. Of the first three attempts, I like this one the best.

Added Tchaikovsky’s Russian Dance from the Nutcracker Suite (or, at least, a crummy public domain MIDI one).

I’m not super impressed with the results on this, though most of the reason is because of how the storm progressed. Temperatures rose more than forecasters expected in the afternoon, leaving much denser, thicker snow than anticipated. This development kept the 8″ of accumulation somewhat short of the 12-16″ predicted, making the snow’s visible growth less impressive. It also splashed against the window, limiting visibility.

Also was hindered by the lack of battery power (see test pattern break). Soon, I hope we’ll be able to get an AC adapter to eliminate this problem.

This ended only where the second charge gave out. I put it back on for the blowing and drifting on the evening of December 20.

Author: Andrew Shears

Andrew Shears is an Assistant Professor of Geography at Mansfield University in Mansfield, Pennsylvania. His research interests lie at an intersection of the human-environmental nexus, and includes branches of mapping, technological, memorialization and urban geographies. He lives in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania with his wife Amy, a professional photographer.