Recording a Blizzard 11-22-2010

For the past few days it has been incredibly cold for this time of year in North Idaho. Along with this cold came some very strong winds and blowing snow from Canada. With temperatures at 1 degree above zero and a wind chill of -25 degrees below zero, recording was going to be a challenge. I had a chance to record some of this wind and snow over a two day period.

The first part of the audio demonstration was recorded early evening on the 23rd right outside my front door which faces North. The wind had the strongest gusts at this time and the snow was so thick visibility was around 20 feet. I set my CSS-5 on a small stand without the furry windcsreen and stereo width set to wide. You can hear the wind softly hitting the microphone and the snow debris flying around. There were some dry leaves and sticks in the woods that flew by also.

The next part was recorded later that night around 2 AM. I was soundly sleeping when a huge wind gust slammed the house and woke me up. It sounded like a frieght train was ripping through the house. I found my patio furniture and other items I left on my deck all over the yard. I quickly grabbed the CSS-5 and stuck it out the door on my deck which faces West. You can hear the wind slowly approaching through the trees and gently passing by with snow crystals swirling about. You will also notice how quiet it is here, thats the way I like it!

Because it was so cold I only recorded for 6 to 10 minutes. I was worried the CSS-5 would freeze and be destroyed. I did notice that the cable was stiff as a board after bringing the gear in.

PS: I did sit inside during the recording with the cable run under the door corner to the oustide. I might be crazy but I’m not stupid, I would never stand outside and record with a -25 degree wind chill. I like my big nose, I would not want it to freeze off.

Enjoy the audio clip. This one is different for me because I’m usually recording smashing, impacts, scraping, dumping, squishing, dragging, dropping and the like.


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