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NSW Storms 3rd December 2007
« on: 04 December 2007, 04:39:00 AM »
Continuation of this nice pattern we're currently in, with storms likely to be widespread across NSW today. Looks like a thick upper-level cloud deck will be in place over the east coast and ranges during maximum heating, with a progressive clearing on the western slopes. Should be some electrically active cells around and some good falls (now don't say it out too loud, ssshhh, but the weekend is looking rather interesting for severe storms :) ).
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Re: NSW Storms 3rd December 2007
« Reply #1 on: 04 December 2007, 05:19:26 AM »
Hi David,

I'll whisper this as quiet as I can... I hope your right. sshhhh I didn't say that. ;)

All these HP storms are great with nice rain totals and all but I'm praying we see something photographically worthwhile! I'm getting depressed posting grey-ish heavy rain showers, I'd like to show you guys something decent from out this way for a change, we are called Lightning Ridge for a reason, not Rain Shower Ridge lol!

I have everything crossed!
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Re: NSW Storms 3rd December 2007
« Reply #2 on: 04 December 2007, 08:06:22 AM »
Just had some nice severe storms go through Penrith and onto Sydney. I watched a particular cell which anchored itself for around an hour just west of Penrith and it was quite severe looking at times. It also exhibited some base rotation at times along with plenty of strong upmotion until it finally caved in and went with the flow.

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Re: NSW Storms 3rd December 2007
« Reply #3 on: 04 December 2007, 09:40:08 AM »
This morning saw me out at Minchinbury, and by the time I left there were some nice cells starting to build up to the west (about 10:30). I then went to a job at Fivedock, where we were doing some work on a roof. Well we got one end finished and decided to leave the other until tomorrow morning! The front of the cloud had gone over us by the time I went outside (grabbed a couple of snaps anyway - will post later) and we had quite a few spectacular CGs and short heavy rain. I was told later there was small hail at Rydalmere. Some very nice close lightning strikes though, just a shame they are so hard to photo during the day. Maybe I will have to get a videocamera I can just grab stills off.

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Re: NSW Storms 3rd December 2007
« Reply #4 on: 04 December 2007, 12:33:37 PM »
Now that was entertaining. On the radar I saw the latest storms forming to the NW with the Bureau issuing a severe storm warning more for areas N and NE of here. It was building up quite nicely and hit Rydalmere at about 5:30. Lots of close strikes as it came over and some heavy rain and small hail. I saw a couple of hits come down about 3 houses away, and there were plenty more very close ones behind whichever side of the house I chose to be looking out of at the time.

I set the digital camera up and shot about 25 minutes of 640x480 video, so it will be interesting to see what strikes I can capture from that lot. I know I got a few on there!

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Re: NSW Storms 3rd December 2007
« Reply #5 on: 04 December 2007, 01:41:37 PM »
Just had some nice severe storms go through Penrith and onto Sydney. I watched a particular cell which anchored itself for around an hour just west of Penrith and it was quite severe looking at times. It also exhibited some base rotation at times along with plenty of strong upmotion until it finally caved in and went with the flow.

Jeff.

If it's the same cell I was on I managed to get a decent vantage point just in time (after rushing home from work) to see it start spinning away.



http://www.ecstormchasing.com/video/3rddec_sydroto.wmv - Timelapse of the base that shows this effect.

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Re: NSW Storms 3rd December 2007
« Reply #6 on: 04 December 2007, 02:03:22 PM »
There was a bit of rotation going on in the one that came over here late this afternoon. Would have caught some of that on the video.

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Re: NSW Storms 3rd December 2007
« Reply #7 on: 05 December 2007, 02:45:21 PM »
Grabbed a few good ones of yesterday's videos, shame about the poor resolution and slight lack of quality from having a cheap digital camera. I created an album in the section, hopefully did it right!

Now if I get this bit correct we should get some thumbnails of the storms. The first one is interesting because it was quite close, the lightning bolt was an unusual shape, and then the colour change after it hit whatever it hit. I initially thought it was a house, but looking at the angle it was taken from could well have been a tree a bit further away.



The others are just some bolts captured on the video as well.













MB edit - made links to the full sized pics.
« Last Edit: 07 December 2007, 01:53:29 AM by Michael Bath »

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Re: NSW Storms 3rd December 2007
« Reply #8 on: 06 December 2007, 08:42:31 AM »
Hi David,

I'll whisper this as quiet as I can... I hope your right. sshhhh I didn't say that. ;)

Shauno

Hey Shaun,

haha  ...I'm getting seriously dizzy with GFS and its forecasts of -7 Li sometime this weekend, somewhere in eastern Australia between 23 and 40 south. After the previous several runs writing it off, now it seems to be back in the forecasts. I think it's game on myself, but we'll see!

As far as Wednesday went, I was at work, took a lunch break to check out the stuff that developed over the western suburbs during the early afternoon.
Some lightning, good outflow winds, nice colours, that was it. Parked just off Doonside Road and shot about 30 seconds of video looking west; and forgot to lock the focus! (see stills below):





Map of the area here for anyone who likes referring to maps

Not much doing so I headed back to North Ryde.



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Re: NSW Storms 3rd December 2007
« Reply #9 on: 06 December 2007, 09:14:15 AM »
Later, on the way home around 5pm, as I was heading down through Rhodes I could see storms were firing to the NW. As I got to the Hume Highway I was impressed enough to pull over and give Paul a call as he was on the forecast desk. Not being an ideal situation for long-lived updrafts, I knew that the storm of the moment was out of reach (up near Glenorie), nevertheless I was drawn north by some nice updraft pulses on the southern flank and darkening skies (was in suburbia so could not see much at the time). As I crossed the Hume Highway overpass, a nice dark sky became visible



It was peak hour and I just wanted to get off the road and get a look, so I ended up on top of the DFO carpark on the eastern side of Homebush Bay Drive near Olympic Park. The storm at this point looked impressive with frequent Cg lightning and a dark menacing appearance



I was even more surprised that there was a decent low-level circulation evident with a bowl funnel at the centre of the circulation. Not only that there appeared to be a clear slot working in (will post video when i get around to editing it). As I was watching, it occurred to me that was going though the same visible process as the Attica Ks low-level meso (I was in a similar position, looking almost up) -- except that it was brief.....5 minutes or so, and smaller in scale.




The lightning was close and becoming very frequent. In fact, immediately following the demise of the circulation, there was a barrage of CGs!



I retreated to the cover of the carpark as rain began and the CG's continued, it was quite a show. Next door was a power substation so I pointed that way. These are very close bolts accompanied by immediate gunshots of thunder!



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Re: NSW Storms 3rd December 2007
« Reply #10 on: 06 December 2007, 05:54:14 PM »
Being already out in the country, I was destined to chase activity near Dubbo.


On the 3rd December 2007, I chased out SW of Dubbo only to meet the linear activity - the outflow unfortunately destroying any chance for activity near Dubbo itself. After some shots and observing the green cores as well as two dust devils within the vicinity of the boundary, I decided to head north though the storms further north became rather disorganised. Although the storms likely has hail, I ensured I ventured away from this region due to possibility of getting stuck. Not much photo wise to report due to distance to the storms.



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Re: NSW Storms 3rd December 2007
« Reply #11 on: 09 December 2007, 03:12:19 PM »
Thunderstorms Monday 3 December 2007

Hello

I noted that David Croan was in the Auburn area for the 5 pm storm which was intense.

There was a storm at 1.30 pm in the same region that was just as intense as this one. I took numerous still photos of it as it progressed from the north west till it was over head.

The Auburn / Homebush Bay and Lidcombe region was hardest hit from this 1.30 pm high intensity storm with small hail 1 cm in diameter being observed as well as brief local flash flooding. I received a report of more intense or slightly larger hail on the M4 around the Silverwater Road area. Rain gauges recorded up to 21 mm which fell in no more than 10 to 12 minutes. Other nearby totals were less. The storm weakened once it moved further east and crossed the coast.

At 5 pm, I was following a second wave of storms over western Sydney which weakened but they appear to have produced an outflow boundary because a new stronger cell developed further east over Pennant Hills and the Hills district that dumped heavy rain. This storm had a short life span but again, the Auburn region scored some of the highest rainfall totals again (Another 21 mm). I took several more photos of this one.

These high intensity but brief storms did cause some trouble for the Council I work for because they resulted in calls for short term road closures due to sudden inundation. Olympic Drive around the Lidcombe Town Centre was affected as the drainage networks in this area could not handle these intense cells too well.

That aside, the 5 pm storm certainly put on a barrage of CG lightning but as with the first storm, it quickly lost momentum and became outflow dominant then weakened.

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