Well it's certainly been a long time between drinks. There was some brief lightning activity on friday night just gone, but I couldn't chase, and it wasn't really worth chasing anyway.
Storms were forecast today and they arrived in the form of an awesome gustfront. This is from Springwood facing W as the storm approached:
Facing south towards the edge of the anvil:
The north and south ends of this line were dumping heavy rain.
At this point, I left to try and stay ahead of the front to watch it develop. Heading south down the M1:
I took the Beenleigh Redland Bay Rd to the E, and with the slow traffic, it didn't take long for the storm to pass me.
I stopped at Redland Bay with lightning dropping around me. See if you can spot the remnants of a lightning strike in the next shot:
There was plenty of rain around but back in Springwood and large branches had come down, with a report of a roof off in Woodridge.
Very nice to finally get a storm after such a long break. Storm season has now officially finished, but winter inevitably brings a good cold storm or two. (One of the best hail storms - which also produced one of my best lightning shots - occured in May 2005.)
I drove through Woodridge two days later, and the size and number of trees down was amazing.
The following are taken in and around Kookaburra Park on Park Rd. Some of these branches were removed by chainsaw.
Around Nygaard and Marbella Sts: