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RE: NSW & S Qld Severe Storms: 19-23 September 2008
« Reply #60 on: 22 September 2008, 03:32:34 PM »
MB and Pato ... fworrrr great photos! How good are Prime lenses ... the 50mm are brilliant as seen with your photos MB. Pato I love the rippling cloud base in one of your shots with the two distant CG's. Can I ask where in Tregeagle you took those pictures?

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RE: NSW & S Qld Severe Storms: 19-23 September 2008
« Reply #61 on: 22 September 2008, 03:39:11 PM »
Gday Everyone,

As MB mentioned met up again for a chase this arvo. We met at a spot near Casino to observe a cell that was moving in from the NT's. After about 45mins the base came into view so we decided to move further up the road towards Kyogle to try and stay ahead of the monster.

Some nice Mammatus




Decent shelf cloud




After these shots it became apparent that this storm would likely move to near Kyogle. CG's were quite frequent but still behind us. When we arrived in Kyogle the cell looked to move west of town so we decided to travel a bit further up the road towards Wiangaree. By the time we got there the cell was still to the west of our location but some nice structure was observed. It soon got out of our chasing range so we decided to move back towards Kyogle hoping to get out of the rain.

Nice Structure near Wiangaree




Wall of rain advancing toward our location




On the journey back towards Kyogle the rain was quite heavy and we were accompanied by a barrage of close CG's, some slamming down in the paddocks just off the road. Once we cleared the rain we decided to call it quits however distant cells had caught our eye and we wondered if we would get a lightshow later. Did we ever but I'll post pics in another post.



South Lismore, Northern Rivers NSW.....Supercells are us!!

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RE: NSW & S Qld Severe Storms: 19-23 September 2008
« Reply #62 on: 22 September 2008, 03:46:19 PM »
Now for part two. Had only just arrived home from the arvo chase, only to look out the front door to see lightning to the SW. So I quickly stuffed some food down my gob and went out again. Lightning was illuminating the whole sky. Ended up stopping at Parrots Nest to grab some pics of the CG's raining down. I could hardly decide where to point the camera as the stacatto bolts were everywhere. I did stuff up the first few as I had my F stop to low (F4) ended up increasing it to F8 with better results. Enjoy!















James my shots are taken from Parrots Nest which is about 7km out of Lismore. I think MB was about 10kms east of me, off the road between Lismore and Woodburn. MB may correct that if Im wrong.

After that last shot I started to get very strong outflow so I decided to pack up and make tracks. Not long after that it began to rain so I called it a night.
It was a perfect way to end an exciting weekend of storm chasing.
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RE: NSW & S Qld Severe Storms: 19-23 September 2008
« Reply #63 on: 22 September 2008, 03:49:57 PM »
Oh my god - those lightning shots Jason and Michael are absolutely incredible!

The best I've ever seen!

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RE: NSW & S Qld Severe Storms: 19-23 September 2008
« Reply #64 on: 22 September 2008, 04:03:19 PM »
Love the primes too! Great pics MB and Pato! I like the rippled base in particular or Pato's and the third last of MB's one. Stunning!

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RE: NSW & S Qld Severe Storms: 19-23 September 2008
« Reply #65 on: 22 September 2008, 04:07:57 PM »
I spent last night camping in the Hunter area before returning to Sydney today. What did we get? It spat a couple of times on me while I was setting up the campfire last night. I miss those Lismore area storms (as a kid lived in Coraki). Hopefully we will get something down here in Sydney tomorrow from the forecast, will be taking the camera to work just in case!

Great photos from you guys up there, some of those strikes are awesome.

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RE: NSW & S Qld Severe Storms: 19-23 September 2008
« Reply #66 on: 22 September 2008, 04:23:42 PM »
Actually the last image needs a lot of stepping down considering it is so close!  Fantastic stuff Michael and am chuffed you captured some insane lightning.  Would have made your year thus far for sure. :) and superb images also from the other members - really impressive lightning.
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RE: NSW & S Qld Severe Storms: 19-23 September 2008
« Reply #67 on: 22 September 2008, 06:59:34 PM »
Ok finally had a chance to sort through my shots I had commitments all weekend with friends but managed to race off a few times to take shots. Some of these are a bit rushed but nice enough all the same. Got to love the quality of these September storms!   

September 20 This is the squall line that moved through Coffs late with frequent lightning and a bit of pea sized hail.















September 21









Unfortunately the Jetty is closed for maintenance atm so I couldn't go onto it.

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RE: NSW & S Qld Severe Storms: 19-23 September 2008
« Reply #68 on: 22 September 2008, 07:03:16 PM »
Gyday everyone just got home at 1230am after an AWESOME chase. Chaser convergence with Anthony,Jeff,Dave and Julian just north of Rathdowny occured which was quite excitting! Here are a few of my Fav pics.Wowsers at spring so far!!
A better sequence of shots and a report to follow later.
 
 
 
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RE: NSW & S Qld Severe Storms: 19-23 September 2008
« Reply #69 on: 23 September 2008, 12:20:21 AM »
 I am going to have a go today , GFS has plenty of cape and instability around Narrabri but has proved wayward the last few weeks so i think i will hang closer to the ranges , strong nw winds in 850 make me nervous , i will wait until new data about 930am before i go.
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RE: NSW & S Qld Severe Storms: 19-23 September 2008
« Reply #70 on: 23 September 2008, 01:48:19 AM »

A couple of other pics from Sunday 21st Sep.

First two near Casino of early development.





Then when the storm looked the best halfway between Casino and Kyogle





And a nice mammatus sky near Lismore




James - the lightning shots were taken near the southern end of Connor Road, Tregeagle - nice place to live  ;)


Mike - yeah, the last photo is stuffed - just included it to show how close/bright things got at the last min :). Two CGs hit right next to me when I was getting in the car after light rain started - it felt dangerous.


Here's the radar sequences - did anyone save any Doppler images ?

---> Brisbane radar loop

---> Grafton radar loop

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RE: NSW & S Qld Severe Storms: 19-23 September 2008
« Reply #71 on: 23 September 2008, 07:28:43 AM »
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RE: NSW & S Qld Severe Storms: 19-23 September 2008
« Reply #72 on: 23 September 2008, 10:25:04 AM »
Looks like Narrabri is the place to be currently. The VIS is showing some nice overshooting happening on what seems to be 2 storms, one just about to hit Narrabri now. I can see a few cells from here but they are favoring a SW movement away from us. Still early but I'm watching it closely and will be ready to head out at a moments notice (though I will be on foot which may confine me a little to the town area)

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5:15pm edit: Just had a cell come across town dropping around 1-2mm in a few minutes with some tiny, matchhead sized hail. I didn't see any lightning as it was only just forming. Seems like a very squally day. Towers are shooting up and forming storms, only to be gone in a matter of minutes.
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RE: NSW & S Qld Severe Storms: 19-23 September 2008
« Reply #73 on: 23 September 2008, 11:16:44 AM »
I noticed the trough responsible for the weekend's storms is moving into SE QLD tomorrow, should this increase our chances of further activity? Considering the lack of upper level sheer?

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Re: NSW & S Qld Severe Storms: 19-23 September 2008
« Reply #74 on: 23 September 2008, 04:05:25 PM »
Hi all,

Nice chase for me on Saturday. Got off to a slightly late start but had time to sit near the Esk turn-off on the Warrego highway to make a decision...to head north to the Esk/Blackbutt storms or wait to see if the ranges took off down towards Boonah area.  I decided to head N.  This seemed like a great idea at the time as some explosive updrafts went up on the cell between Crows Nest and Esk.  Unfortunately as I got close enough to it, it'd unloaded and the shear was insufficient to keep it going other than a few more weak pulses.

Of course, looking south, the Boonah storm was looking incredible and with it moving due north, all I had to do was head back the way I had come.  I made it to Fernvale with some major drooling over the updrafts on the way before I headed over to Lowood and then up onto the hill just south of town.  Upon reaching the crest, I was greeted with an awesome supercell (which others had been watching for some time).  I watched from atop the hill for about an hour as this cell slowly marched its way northwards.

Eventually I called it quits and headed home just on dark as more storms fired up not far to my north west. 

Great first chase of the season.

Pics on the   2008 Season Gallery page here...

Macca

(Awesome pics by those others that were out over the weekend too!)