What 377,444 YouTube Views Taught Me

Have you seen my time lapse video from this weekend’s blizzard? I pressed a tiny GoPro camera up against a windowed door looking at the deck and took a shot every minute until the lens was blocked by snow. As I type this, YouTube says it’s passed 377,444 hits!

Are you serious? 377k! That’s viral, right?

Maybe viral videos ‘happen’, but this one was given a little push. Saturday night it was retweeted by the Wall Street Journal’s weather reporter and Weather Underground. Both have large followings of weather weenies, the perfect audience for this type of video.

From there it was off to the races. It had nearly 100,000 views Saturday, 87,000 Sunday, 60,000 Monday and another 100,000 Tuesday. The more people watched the more they told their friends.

Phase two began Sunday at 6:50 AM when Good Morning America called. They had seen the video somehow and wanted to use it on the portion of the show not seen in Connecticut. In their defense they didn’t know that.

How the hell did they get my number?

By the end of the weekend my time lapse had run on CNN, Fox News, CBS, NBC and The Weather Channel. Local affiliates were running the video which was now on their feeds. That’s Univision on the left.

I’m told it ran on Channel 8. Shocker, they didn’t mention my name.

I answered an email giving permission to APTN in London who passed it to their subscribers. I made friends with Alex who wanted to run it on the German equivalent of the Weather Channel. Ditto for the French Canadian version.

The more hits I got the more requests I got. My video was posted on the website for Paris Match and the Australian and NineMSN in Sydney. Joe.ie posted a link in Ireland as did websites across the rest of Europe and South America. Even my beloved NY Times linked to the video on their site.

This was pretty heady stuff, but not everything went swimmingly. I got an email from Jeff Hertrick at National Geographic.

Hi Geoff:
In scanning for interesting snow videos, I found a dude ripping off your video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSklSj8LblU

Thought you’d like to know. Hope you can make him cease and desist. We deal with Pirates constantly here at Nat Geo.

Jeff is one of the Internet’s good guys.

I sent a DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) takedown notice to YouTube. It took three days for them to act. That video’s gone as are 50,000 or so views that went to someone other than me.

Other sites pulled the video from YouTube then ran it in their own player, taking away traffic and notoriety from me. Gawker–I’m talking about you (and others).

Oh, National Geographic’s site linked to the video too.

The comments on YouTube were great the first few days, but by Tuesday spammers had also entered the picture. Faux commenters were using my traffic to publicize their websites–usually porn. I played whack-a-mole as best I could. I think they’re gone now.

Over the next few days the traffic will die down. A blizzard is only hot so long. I’m curious to see how the traffic will play out over the long run.

Very cool.

Doppler Helps Measure The Snow!

Doppler, our 9.5 pound Maltese rescue, was at a loss until Helaine dug a trench

There’s now a 40″ snow report from our town, Hamden. I can believe it. The snow is deeper than anything I’ve ever seen before and I lived in Buffalo for four years!

Of course this presents a logistical dilemma. Doppler is approximately short. Our snow piles are approximately ginormous.

We’d convinced Doppler to piddle on our top step, but that was as far as she’d go. Twenty four hours have passed since… well, you know.

Because of my back surgery last summer (how long will this excuse last) Helaine dug a trench then an arena. Doppler was pleased. Though she usually has a full lawn at her disposal (for her disposal) she was glad to get what she got.

Naming rights to Doppler’s arena are available to the highest bidder. Act now, hopefully it won’t be here long.

2013 Blizzard Snow Totals For Connecticut (updated)

This post has been updated with the final totals from NWS. If your town actually had more or less… well, I’m just the messenger

Just in case you’re wondering here are the Connecticut snow totals as of 7:30 AM, Saturday. It’s still snowing and accumulating in Eastern Connecticut, so the final totals could be higher.

I was just out, It’s surreal. We have 2.5 feet easily in Hamden. I have never seen anything like this, even in Buffalo.

Just don’t call it Nemo… or Charlotte.

********************STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL********************

LOCATION STORM TOTAL TIME/DATE COMMENTS
SNOWFALL OF
/INCHES/ MEASUREMENT

CONNECTICUT

..FAIRFIELD COUNTY

FAIRFIELD 35.0 1000 AM 2/09 PUBLIC
STRATFORD 33.0 1030 AM 2/09 PUBLIC
MONROE 30.0 900 AM 2/09 SKYWARN SPOTTER
BRIDGEPORT 30.0 658 AM 2/09 COOP OBSERVER
SHELTON 26.5 700 AM 2/09 PUBLIC
WESTON 26.5 800 AM 2/09 SKYWARN SPOTTER
WESTPORT 24.5 645 AM 2/09 PUBLIC
GREENWICH 22.5 900 AM 2/09 PUBLIC
DARIEN 22.1 500 AM 2/09 PUBLIC
NORWALK 22.0 730 AM 2/09 PUBLIC
ROXBURY 22.0 800 AM 2/09 SKYWARN SPOTTER
NEW CANAAN 22.0 600 AM 2/09 CT DOT
DANBURY 21.5 1200 PM 2/09 CT DOT
STAMFORD 19.0 1100 AM 2/09 PUBLIC
NEWTOWN 17.1 1000 AM 2/09 PUBLIC
BETHEL 16.0 800 AM 2/09 SKYWARN SPOTTER
RIDGEFIELD 12.0 800 AM 2/09 PUBLIC

...HARTFORD COUNTY...
...HARTFORD COUNTY...
GLASTONBURY 33.5 326 PM 2/09 GENERAL PUBLIC
MANCHESTER 32.0 1030 AM 2/09 TRAINED SPOTTER
WEATOGUE 31.0 1012 AM 2/09 HAM RADIO
FARMINGTON 29.0 918 AM 2/09 HAM RADIO
GRANBY 29.0 938 AM 2/09 NWS EMPLOYEE
NEWINGTON 28.0 1240 PM 2/09 GENERAL PUBLIC
BURLINGTON 27.5 902 AM 2/09 TRAINED SPOTTER
2 SE ENFIELD 27.2 700 AM 2/09 COCORAHS
1 WSW WETHERSFIELD 27.0 900 AM 2/09 COCORAHS
HARTFORD 27.0 929 AM 2/09 HAM RADIO
CANTON 26.0 956 AM 2/09 NONE
NORTH GRANBY 25.0 610 AM 2/09 TRAINED SPOTTER
AVON 25.0 239 AM 2/09 HAM RADIO
1 ENE NORTH GRANBY 25.0 900 AM 2/09 COCORAHS
WEST HARTFORD 24.5 218 AM 2/09 HAM RADIO
3 NNW WEST HARTFORD 24.3 730 AM 2/09 COCORAHS
BRISTOL 24.0 908 AM 2/09 TRAINED SPOTTER
SIMSBURY 24.0 618 AM 2/09 HAM RADIO
COLLINSVILLE 23.5 806 AM 2/09 NONE
WINDSOR 23.0 700 AM 2/09 COCORAHS
SOUTH WINDSOR 23.0 1250 PM 2/09 NONE
WINDSOR LOCKS 22.8 108 PM 2/09 BDL AIRPORT
NNW UNIONVILLE 22.3 705 AM 2/09 COCORAHS
ASHFORD 22.0 931 AM 2/09 HAM RADIO
EAST HARTFORD 20.0 621 AM 2/09 HAM RADIO
ENFIELD 20.0 620 AM 2/09 HAM RADIO

..LITCHFIELD COUNTY

...LITCHFIELD COUNTY...
NEW HARTFORD 33.0 1044 AM 2/09 SPOTTER
BAKERSVILLE 28.0 700 AM 2/09 CO-OP OBSERVER
TORRINGTON 28.0 834 AM 2/09 FACEBOOK
WINSTED 25.0 818 AM 2/09 SPOTTER
NEW PRESTON 25.0 830 AM 2/09 PUBLIC
THOMASTON 23.0 600 AM 2/09 CT DOT
HARWINTON 23.0 952 AM 2/09 AMATEUR RADIO
WINCHESTER CENTER 22.5 600 AM 2/09 DEPT OF HIGHWAYS
ROXBURY 22.0 952 AM 2/09 AMATEUR RADIO
NORFOLK 17.2 800 AM 2/09 CO-OP OBSERVER
LITCHFIELD 16.0 600 AM 2/09 CT DOT
CORNWALL 12.0 951 AM 2/09 AMATEUR RADIO
NORTH CANAAN 11.0 600 AM 2/09 CT DOT

..MIDDLESEX COUNTY

EAST HADDAM 35.5 845 AM 2/09 PUBLIC
OLD SAYBROOK 30.0 1200 PM 2/09 CT DOT
CLINTON 27.5 800 AM 2/09 PUBLIC
HADDAM 27.0 1200 PM 2/09 CT DOT
HIGGANUM 24.0 700 AM 2/09 AMATEUR RADIO
CROMWELL 23.0 700 AM 2/09 AMATEUR RADIO
MIDDLETOWN 12.0 1200 PM 2/09 SKYWARN SPOTTER

..NEW HAVEN COUNTY

HAMDEN 40.0 100 PM 2/09 PUBLIC
MILFORD 38.0 615 AM 2/09 PUBLIC
CLINTONVILLE 37.0 1040 AM 2/09 SKYWARN SPOTTER
OXFORD 36.2 600 AM 2/09 SKYWARN SPOTTER
NORTH BRANFORD 36.0 1100 AM 2/09 PUBLIC
MERIDEN 36.0 200 PM 2/09 PUBLIC
YALESVILLE 35.0 909 AM 2/09 SKYWARN SPOTTER
WALLINGFORD 35.0 700 AM 2/09 PUBLIC
NEW HAVEN 34.3 600 AM 2/09 CT DOT
WEST HAVEN 34.0 1040 AM 2/09 PUBLIC
NORTHFORD 33.5 950 AM 2/09 SKYWARN SPOTTER
WOLCOTT 33.0 457 AM 2/09 SKYWARN SPOTTER
EAST HAVEN 33.0 1005 AM 2/09 SKYWARN SPOTTER
GUILFORD 33.0 1113 AM 2/09 BROADCAST MEDIA
NORTH GUILFORD 32.0 900 AM 2/09 SKYWARN SPOTTER
WATERBURY 32.0 900 AM 2/09 PUBLIC
MADISON 32.0 321 AM 2/09 PUBLIC
NAUGATUCK 30.0 600 AM 2/09 PUBLIC
NORTH HAVEN 29.0 950 AM 2/09 SKYWARN SPOTTER
BRANFORD 28.0 700 AM 2/09 PUBLIC
SOUTHBURY 26.3 1030 AM 2/09 SKYWARN SPOTTER
NORTH BRANDFORD 24.0 1230 AM 2/09 PUBLIC
BEACON FALLS 21.0 1200 PM 2/09 CT DOT

..NEW LONDON COUNTY

COLCHESTER 31.0 1200 PM 2/09 CT DOT
GILMAN 27.0 600 AM 2/09 PUBLIC
NORWICH 25.0 600 AM 2/09 CT DOT
LISBON 24.0 1158 AM 2/09 SKYWARN SPOTTER
GALES FERRY 24.0 1045 AM 2/09 SKYWARN SPOTTER
OLD LYME 23.6 1200 PM 2/09 PUBLIC
LEDYARD CENTER 22.0 1045 AM 2/09 SKYWARN SPOTTER
MYSTIC SEAPORT 21.0 1100 AM 2/09 NWS EMPLOYEE
STONINGTON 15.0 900 AM 2/09 SKYWARN SPOTTER

...TOLLAND COUNTY...
COVENTRY 32.5 1143 AM 2/09 TRAINED SPOTTER
STAFFORDVILLE 31.4 100 PM 2/09 NWS COOP
TOLLAND 30.5 914 AM 2/09 GENERAL PUBLIC
STAFFORD SPRINGS 26.1 1237 PM 2/09 TRAINED SPOTTER
SOMERS 25.5 646 AM 2/09 TRAINED SPOTTER
VERNON 25.0 402 AM 2/09 HAM RADIO

...WINDHAM COUNTY...
EAST KILLINGLY 26.0 1105 AM 2/09 NONE
WOODSTOCK 26.0 1026 AM 2/09 TRAINED SPOTTER
THOMPSON 25.5 1008 AM 2/09 TRAINED SPOTTER
HAMPTON 25.0 829 AM 2/09 COOP OBSERVER
ASHFORD 24.0 828 AM 2/09 GENERAL PUBLIC
1 SW EAST KILLINGLY 23.1 800 AM 2/09 COCORAHS
DANIELSON 22.5 933 AM 2/09 HAM RADIO
POMFRET CENTER 22.0 1114 AM 2/09 TRAINED SPOTTER

Accumulations are courtesy of the National Weather Service offices in Taunton, MA and Upton and Albany, NY.

My Blizzard Of 2013 Timelapse

Helaine got me a GoPro Hero for my birthday. It’s a very small, nearly indestructible, video camera. They have been dropped by sky and scuba divers and survived.

This time lapse starts just after 6:00 AM and goes past 11:00 PM. It stops because there’s nothing left to see!

There are a bunch of web postings saying the GoPro’s battery is only good for 2.5 hours of timeslapse. That’s why I plugged it into an AC adapter and propped it up against a glass paneled door to the deck.

It’s Pouring Snow – The Video

Take a look at the snow as it pours off my roof. By this time we had about a foot of blowing, featureless snow! There are drifts against doors, windows and walls.

Taken inside during the Blizzard of 2013.

The Truth About Bombogenesis

7pm weather observations

I just heard a loud clap of thunder here in Hamden. Thundersnow! This low is bombing out. Bombogenesis!

Bombogenesis really is a word! It describes the explosive growth of a low pressure system. We’re seeing it right now, especially in Eastern Connecticut.

Deb Drake @debirlfan @geofffox FYI, thundersnow in Quaker Hill. Scared the dog. 🙂

Thundersnow, a product of bombogenesis, was reported at Bridgeport, New Haven and New London between 6:30 and 7:30 PM EST. Yes, that’s very unusual. It’s also been reported at Marshfield, MA, Providence and Westerly, RI and on the Cape at Otis AFB.

Bombogenesis is an extreme example of cyclogenesis. I know, little help.

Cyclogenesis is the development or rapid intensification of a low pressure system. In New England we see this as winter lows hit the relatively mild waters of the Atlantic. If the cyclogenesis really goes nuts it’s bombogenesis!

This explosive development is seen as a rapid drop of the central barometric pressure.

Wind is reflective of a change in barometer over a given distance. The bigger the change over a given distance the stronger the wind. If the central pressure drops and everything else stay the same the pressure difference between two distant points (we call it pressure gradient or delta) will increase. So does the wind!

Over the rest of tonight, as the storm continues to ‘bomb’ we’ll see the pressure gradient increase. Even as the storm moves away from us this gradient will continue to deliver very strong winds. East of us, like the Massachusetts coast, the wind will be even stronger!

The rest of the forecast looks on target. We’ll be in-and-out of blizzard conditions throughout the overnight hours. Finally accumulations will be measured in feet across New England.

If you’re looking at weather observations and notice snow no longer being reported, sensors at a few airports have iced over and are out of service. This wasn’t a problem when humans did the observing.

Stay put and you should be OK. There will be power outages, but you’re better staying where you are than venturing out.