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