STORM CHASING 2007-2008

A magnificent line tracked right over Brisbane today thanks to a cold pool.

Our day started however, with a smaller isolated cell producing some beautiful rumbles of thunder right outside our house:

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It was 3:50pm and here's the radar image of the above storm, just east of Logan:

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We headed out to a spot with a decent westerly view but this small cell died shortly after. Of course, we knew a big line was behind it so we sat and waited. We had an awesome view as we could see Mt Coot-tha and the mountain range, so it was interesting to watch this line develop from a distance.

Parts of the base would start to develop some nice lowerings almost organising themselves into a gustfront, but they would then disappear. Finally, as it got close to us it DID organise itself into a beautiful gustfront backlit by the setting sun.

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Here's the radar as the line passed over us at 5:10pm. We're just north of the dot at Logan:

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There were plenty of flashes, but not as many clear CGs as I was hoping for. The above pics are shot with around 4-10 second exposures, so it would've been possible to catch some decent fork lightning had we been lucky enough.

With the front on top of us and moderate to heavy rain falling, it was difficult to keep our cameras dry so we decided to make for the bay and hopefully enjoy a good light show. It turns out we did! These are from Wynnum:

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It was cold and the freezing wind was relentless. In our haste to leave the house I forgot to bring a jacket, but some fish and chips helped ;)

This line just kept on powering. We arrived at Wynnum about 5:50pm and at 7:15pm it was finally starting to get a little too far offshore for decent photos, though the radar showed the line to be one of the most smoothly defined I've ever seen.

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Clear forks were also now very infrequent so we decided to head off.

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