STORM CHASING 2011-2012

With little hope for SE Qld and a strong need to it the open road, I took off for Toowoomba. Prospects looked reasonable for storms over the eastern Darling Downs, but I didn't get too excited for Brisbane.

It was pretty hot and steamy this side of the Toowoomba but temps dropped as I crossed the range. I hit the storm near Oakey where it was looking quite hopeful.

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From there it was back to Kingsthorpe and north onto Yalangur where it was fast becoming obvious that this was turning into a squall line.

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I needed to get back in front of the line so I darted east across to Helidon, bypassing Toowoomba. I continued east with an eye on the storm when the radar showed the southern end improving, so I headed south for Laidley then onto Mulgowie.

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I'd cut things a little fine with rain fast approaching from the south, so I turned back around and then east to Rosewood trying to decided the best spot for a view if a nice shelf cloud developed. I considered Cleveland, then Mt Coot-tha, then Jacob's Well, then Cleveland again and finally settled on the Story Bridge to try and a get a good storm shot with the city.

I was happy to have arrived in time and although I didn't get my shelf cloud, I was pretty happy to get a crazy hole in the sky threatening to swallow Brisbane.

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