So, while the rest of the East Coast is freaking out, I plan on going out and recording as much chaos and destruction as my SD cards can hold. I was wondering if any others will be doing the same, and if any of you have tips for recording in bad weather. Really bad weather.
Just a safety thing - we have lots of hurricanes here in the south. If you are in a wooded area, I would record blind, your headphones removed the ability to accurately localize something and that could make the difference in having something hit you or not. Its really scary to hear a tree break and go oooo that sounded awesome and then it falls 3 feet from you....true story.
On a side note usually it is lots of rain and wind, not too much thunder. So focus on the objects moving and rustling, back of mic into the wind or using a wall to block the wind on your mic but focus on an object in the wind. If the eye of the storm passes over you, it will be intense, then dead calm, then right back to intense. Really cool transitions/ storm swelling opportunities. The last few hurricanes here, that time was spent repairing holes in the roof and tree removal from said roof, so I could not take the time to record it.
I have always wanted to bury/attach a contact mic onto a tree and record the wood stressing in the strong winds, but have not had the chance.
Not sure how strong the storm will be when it hits, but cat 3's and 4's are pretty intense. Alot of that feeling comes from so much happening all around you at once, multiple perspectives/ surround recordings would really bring that out.
Best of luck, hope to hear them, stay safe and be aware of whats happening around you.
Ok, I hate to be that guy, but...
As exciting as it definitely will be for all of you who'll be out recording the hurrcane, you'll also be greatly profiting by the gross misfortune of potentially thousands of people. The value of the damage will probably come in at well-over a large number of millions of dollars.
It is also more than likely that someone amidst the chaos will lose their life.
Perhaps for karma's sake it might be best not to rapturously exclaim at, and rejoice in, the destruction of other people's lives and livelihoods?