Storm Report & Photos. 3rd Feb. 2008 Upper Western/North West Region
Well we finally had some luck excitement last night with numerous storms in our vicinity. If you happened to see the lightning tracker yesterday evening around 7pm you would have seen the masses of activity kicking off around the Bourke and Moree area. We were definitely in the middle of it just as the activity kicked off in the late afternoon/evening with several large, highly active storms visible around us.
We seemed to be right in the centre of all the weather as cells built, broke into HP cores and became highly active with a nice flurry of CG activity. These were all moving rapidly away from us with the strong N-NE winds but we still got a few shots due to a bit of back-building from a very moist inflow.
The photo below was a typical scene in any direction around town after 7pm. (there were a couple large, dark & nasty looking storms earlier on in the day but were all pushing the 40klm mark in distance from us.
This was a large storm developing somewhere between Collarenebri and Moree at 8pm. I contrasted this photo a little to bring the structure out somewhat. I did notice a few CG firing out of this monster now and again.
The two photographs below were taken from Snowy Brown's opal fields not too long after each other at 8:34pm. This is looking generally South from town and basically in the direction that the storms were traveling away from us. It is great to see some decent activity AT NIGHT and not during broad daylight as has been the case for the last couple months!
As per usual, Russ and I did miss several brilliant, and quite close CG that emitted from a cell that formed just behind us. It was one of those evenings where you just didn't know where to point the camera!
I'll get confirmation and collaboration of a few rain totals from the system asap.
Cheers and take care.