Saturday 13th January was expected to be the main chase day of the "long weekend" of chasing. We left Tenterfield and moved to a spot southwest of Deepwater. Dave left about noon to meet up with James Harris and Daniel Weatherhead at Glen Innes. At this point we heard from Jimmy who had car troubles so arranged to meet him at Dundee.
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The chase soon kicked off near Deepwater where strong convection initiated.
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Surprisingly little CG activity occurred with this early development despite the strong appearance. It was again a day of north to northwest steering winds, but unfortunately so were the anvils.
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Things became cluttered along the ranges so the chase continued northwest along a very good gravel road that links Emmaville with Bonshaw.
By the time we reached the Bruxner Highway at 5pm, storms were again quite spectacular. Strong convection was occurring to the north and southwest, while a severe storm developed to the east. This eastern cell was the main show at first with frequent CGs and a large rain free base. A green tinge was very apparent, along with hail shafts on the southwest flank.
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Outflow eventually took over but this helped to strengthen the other storm to our southwest - now spreading round to the northwest.
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A very impressive microburst was observed - probably the most dramatic I've witnessed. Along with that, frequent CGs were hitting nearby.
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We knew we had to keep pressing north as the local area was spent energy wise. We drove north through the precipitation and strong winds through Bonshaw then on to Texas.
The hot humid air north of these storms was fuelling the line as it spread northwards. A massive rain free base with CGs was following us during the drive to Inglewood.
More cells had kicked up ahead of this and begun to produce very dramatic CGs from the high bases. The drive through trees was frustrated before we found a great location half way to Millmerran.
The sunset lit CGs were just awesome, and so frequent !
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After this cell died off the chase continued to Millmerran. Massive anvil crawler lightning were CGs were lightning up the sky ! After booking the only motel room left in town, we eventually found a spot inside a hanger at the local air strip (there was still some light rain persisting).
A cell somewhere west of town was producing an impressive show.
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Later on, another storm cluster well to the north (probably near Dalby) caught our attention. Lightning was going ballistic - several per second, though we could mainly see anvil zits and in-cloud stuff rather than CGs.
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