Hi guys,Upper Western NSW 14th Oct. 2008 Storm Report
Oh boy, what an afternoon we've just been through!
Started out as a gorgeous cell sitting around 40k's to our west at 3pm-ish. This cell had a real nice shelf for a period, a very predominant green tinge (which I haven't seen out here in a few years now!) and cannoning CG everywhere! The power has only just come back on now due to a transformer being violently hit up the end of my street somewhere, and the resulting thunder CRACK
was very loud! I haven't seen torrential rain accompanied by so many CG for a couple years so this season is definitely looking very good so far!
I made a bad mistake by not taking my tripod (I should've known better!) so I had barely a chance of capturing any CG firing off the front? I did however catch one, though blurred to buggery due to me just hand-holding and hitting the shutter as I saw the lightning. I will still post this shot though. We had 12mm in 12minutes from this beast! What did puzzle me a little is that the winds were not as bad as I would have thought, particularly looking at it during it's mature stage just before hitting town? The lightning and rain more than made up for this supposed lacking wind!
The subsequent 4 other cells back building behind this main front were also pretty severe with torrential rain, small pea-sized hail (falling here in the 3rd cell) and numerous fierce CG. There were some real nice bases carried by these cells that became outflow dominant pretty quickly and unleashed the rain. Some nice partial mamatus across the anvils here and there also.
Looking out my window to the NE I can see the backbuilding still taking place with, gorgeously sunset lit, pretty strong updrafts still towering.
I'll post the pictures tonight if I can.
Ahh.. I have sorely missed days like this. It's been too long between drinks!
By drinks I mean severe weather lol
As soon as I saw the right-moving Walgett cell and the other cell on a collision course I jumped in the car. By the time I got to Pilliga the cells had already interacted a little further west. There was a lot of outflow by this stage and there wasn't much to photograph by the time I got there but I snapped a few photos with my phone of a small rain-free base (not sure which remnant) which I haven't offloaded yet.
The Boggabri storm has just dumped 31mm in 3/4 hour with rain continuing to fall.
: Could this right mover have been possibly supercellular for a period? By the look of our fist storm at 3pm I would have thought it totally possible given the right conditions? Very interesting.