STORM CHASING 2004-2005

Confidence within the weather community was high for storms today - usually a guarantee they won't eventuate! But today they did, and actually lasted well into the night.

Mid afternoon brought a small but intense cell just inside the NSW / Qld border and approaching Beaudesert from the SW. It seemed to be maintaining it's intensity, so I took off after it, despite a few new cells just starting to form the NW of Brisbane around the Kilcoy area. This is the edge of the Beaudesert cell from around Yatala.

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I actually stopped at Yatala because this Beaudesert storm was weakening as it tracked over the coast and out to sea, but a new cell was forming to my SW around Boonah and apparently it was heading straight for me.

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I considered moving further N to avoid the brunt of the rain, but the awesome cloud-to-ground lightning had me compelled, though again it was difficult to photograph. Here's the storm as it approached directly towards me from the SW.

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Then the inevitable rain arrived with some brief small hail but soon passed.

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I took off N back up the highway towards another weak storm which was heading towards Brisbane. I saw a few great lightning bolts while I was driving and also a lovely rainbow.

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After this moved out to sea (and being too far from the apparently wild storms now occuring around the Sunshine Coast from the Kilcoy cell) I decided to head home. I then got a call saying more storms were approaching from the SW! So I turned around and headed to a friends place near Wacol. This is facing WSW towards the edge of the cell.

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This new storm didn't seem to be developing too much, but eventually it became lightning active so we headed up to Mt Coot-tha for a great lightning show!

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When this cell passed another eventually came through from the same direction and this happened a couple of times. They seemed to be continually regenerating from the same place, but eventually the system ran out of steam.

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