STORM CHASING 2005-2006

At around 2:30 this morning I was awoken by thunder and was happy to see regular bright flashes through the blinds. Thunder was quite regular so I knew the cell wasn't too far away. So it was another trip to the local vantage point in Toombul.

There was lots of intra-cloud lightning but for a period of about 10 to 15 minutes I was treated to a positive stroke (a clear air strike from the top of the storm cloud) every 60 seconds or so. Normally I'd be rapt to see ONE during an entire storm, but a dozen or so in such a short time frame was unbelievable. The fact that it was night-time and able to be photographed properly was even better.

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Just when I thought it couldn't get any better, I got this:

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Shortly after that the storm seemed to get shrouded in cloud so I decided to go home. On the way another cell just north fired up so I drove to the Toombul Rd on-ramp of the Gateway Mwy overlooking the airport grounds. The bright orange glow is from the stacks at Fisherman Island.

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It was now time for me to go to work, so unfortunately I had to leave.

I find it ironic that I'll drive hundreds of kms for a storm in the hope that it will produce something photogenic, but many of my best lightning photos have been taken within 1 km of my house.