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Incredible staccato lightning
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Tree gets hit by lightning 2nd January 2015 with instant cannon lightning disturbing the usually rural region.

Extreme Storms - Storm and Storm Chasing

Storm Chasing, Tropical Cyclones and Tornadoes covers storm chasing, tropical cyclones, hurricanes and typhoons, and extreme storm events from around the globe! Included are local chases and those from Tornado Alley, extreme storm events including tropical cyclones such as Tropical Cyclone Ita and Larry, violent tornadoes, devastating hailstorms, flash flood events and other discussion occurs here.

Tropical Cyclone Ita 11th April 2014

Tropical Cyclone Ita 11th April 2014

This website has been tailored to integrate with Facebook, Twitter and other social media which means you should be able to log in with Facebook on here. Storm chasing has been around since the 1970's and expanded rapidly with the introduction and success of the internet, the movie Twister in 1996 as well as several documentaries.

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Lightning Bolt hits close by!! | storm chasing

Now there are literally thousands of storm chasers in the United States as well as other countries around the world including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Great Britain several countries in Europe and South Africa. Unfortunately, the deaths of Storm Chasers Tim Samaras, Paul Samaras and Karl Young during the El Reno tornado May 31st 2013 has changed the face of storm chasing and the way storm chasing should be approached.

Huge 10cm hailstone 10th December 2014

Huge 10cm hailstone spawned by a powerful supercell on the Putty Road north of Sydney 10th December 2014

Extreme chaser more often than most people encounter some seriously violent weather - this 10cm giant hailstone is one example of such extremes spawned by a powerful supercell 10th December 2014.

Rain Event Northern NSW 1st March 2014 | storm chasing

Rain Event Northern NSW 1st March 2014 | storm chasing

Rain event and east coast low, QLD / NSW / Eastern Victoria for 19 / 20 June 2016

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Barely 2 weeks after a major weather event impacted much of Australia's east coast that brought flooding, 5 fatalities and a damage bill that appears to have topped $238 million to date, another event is expected to unfold across the same regions during Sunday and into Monday.

However this event is not expected to be as severe as the first one. A low pressure cell is expected to develop across inland Queensland and track south east and cross the coast to form another east coast low. The low may cross the coast south of Sydney during Sunday.

A large mass of rain bearing cloud has developed across inland Queensland around and to the west and south of Mt Isa which should track south east with the developing system.

Extensive rainfall is expected across much of eastern and northern New South Wales but not to the same intensity of what occurred on the 5 and 6 June.

It is becoming clear that the western and south western areas of New South Wales should miss the event altogether.

The Water and the Land model from the Bureau of Meteorology is suggesting a substantial region of New South Wales and Queensland to receive at least 25 to 50 mm with higher falls of 50 to 100 mm across some regions.

The rainfall model from Weatherzone identifies a large region of New South Wales to receive at least 60 to 90 mm from the event which extends into North East and Eastern Victoria. The same model would suggest falls of up to 120 mm to 150 mm for limited regions of inland Queensland.

Models from BSCH indicate some heavy rain moving south east through New South Wales during Sunday to reach Sydney during Sunday afternoon and the South Coast into the latter part of the afternoon and evening.

There are weather warnings in place for minor to moderate flooding in several river systems including Tweed Valley, Richmond and Wilson River valleys, Bellinger, Nepean and Hawkesbury, Gwyder and Castlereagh Rivers.

There are also gale warnings for the Byron coast, Coffs Harbour, Macquarie Coast and Hunter Coast with strong wind warnings for coastal areas further south such as Sydney and the Illawarra.

There are also flood watches for certain rivers in North East Victoria being the Upper Murray, Mitta Mitta, Kiewa, Ovens and King Rivers but this would depend on the position of the low and how much rainfall occurs.

Flood watches also exist for certain rivers across East Gippsland such as the Cann, Mitchell, Tambo, and Snowy Rivers.

In Queensland, flood watches are in place for areas where rainfall figures are forecast to reach 50 to 80 mm such as the Georgina, Diamantina, Coopers Creek and Paroo River.

The weather system is expected to move relatively quickly through south east Australia.

Overnight 18/6/2016, some areas of inland New South Wales received some useful rainfall totals unrelated to the event described above. Orange received up to 36 mm and areas around Dubbo to Orange had falls of 25 to 37 mm being the highest falls across New South Wales to 9 am 18/6/2016.

Tornadoes and Supercells Storm Chase 2016

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Perryton Tornado becomes a wedge tornado quickly from a cone tornado.


Perryton Tornado becomes a wedge tornado quickly from a cone tornado.

Perryton Tornado becomes a wedge tornado quickly from a cone tornado.

Funnel cloud possible tornado inside the inflow notch of now HP supercell

Funnel cloud possible tornado inside the inflow notch of now HP supercell

After 3 years, another opportunity for storm chasing 2016.

Simultaneous tornado near Perryton tornado

Simultaneous tornado near Perryton tornado

With a period of significant high CAPE and south west flow predicted, it set the scene for chaseable supercells and tornadoes. The following are a gallery of the storms and tornadoes from the 2016 storm chasing in Tornado Alley - namely, Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma. This was the first storm chase. After a frustrating storm chase with merging supercells, increased moisture and an outflow boundary, the Perryton, Texas storm finally comes tornado warned. Turn onto the road west and there it was! Cone tornado. Too dark for immediate shots and I finally was able to get footage and shots on tripod. It wedges out and then surprise another circulation produces a separate simultaneous tornado. After examining the inflow notch a couple of times a third funnel cloud and possible tornado occurs.

Sunset and sculptured supercell

Sunset and sculptured supercell

Lightning and sculptured supercell

Lightning and sculptured supercell

Lightning and sculptured supercell

Lightning and sculptured supercell

Lightning and sculptured supercell

Lightning and sculptured supercell

The next day, after a brief supercell near Clarendon, Texas, I ventured further south for tail end charlie. Unfortunately, there were several supercells spawning near Plainview. I simply decided to wait. Radar then suggested nice structure it seemed to my east. But where was this storm - there were so many storms. Finally I realised it was the on producing lightning just to my east. This became the Turkey supercell! It produced a likely wall cloud but the updraft and the storm structure improved to a beautiful sculptured LP supercell! Sunset illuminating the updraft and vault clearly defined! With lightning threatening to singe the earth, I took note that the base had begun to show a bowl lowering. The storm eventually became tornado warned after dark and produced a cone shaped tornado and wedge tornado soon after (chasers suggesting the same damage path).

Dodge City tornado

Dodge City tornado

Violent Dodge City tornado

Violent Dodge City tornado

The Dodge City tornadic event stunned me: despite the favourable tornadic conditions for strong to violent tornadoes, I did not anticipate such a prolific event. But when two mesocyclones developed side by side I thought a cyclic event was in order. 20160524jd088 20160524jd090The way the first tornado roped out and reformed just as quick and became strong to violent is something I had not witnessed prior. Multiple tornadoes at once was simply insane. A flood of tornadoes - one set 3 at a time and another 3 twins! Intense vorticies formed under the front mesocyclone dancing around each other.20160524jd098 20160524jd101

 

 

 

Travelling through Dodge City with sirens blazing and tornado on the west side of town made for some intense chasing - street by street! Finally out the other side and again another tornado spins to the earth and takes out a house (unfortunately a negative part of the event). The power flash followed by debris spinning around the vortex certainly demonstrated the power of what seemed such a small tornado.20160524jd108 20160524jd110

 

 

Finally one more tornado seemed to developed further north and the storm had run its course! Some counts suggest based on the true definition of tornadoes that 8 to 10 tornadoes had been spawned from this event!

Incredible supercell structure

Incredible supercell structure

Incredible supercell structure and developing tornado

Incredible supercell structure and developing tornado

Incredible supercell structure and tornado

Incredible supercell structure and tornado

Strong tornado west of Dodge City

Strong tornado west of Dodge City

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New strong tornado north of Dodge City

New strong tornado north of Dodge City

New strong tornado north of Dodge City

New strong tornado north of Dodge City

Images of floods Granville NSW 5 June 2016

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The attached images were taken by Sam Mitry in Granville throughout Sunday 5 June 2016. While the time in the camera is not accurate, the images show the sudden rise in a local creek at Granville close to the M4 Motorway. During Saturday and Sunday, the nearest official weather station being Parramatta recorded 259 mm of rain with 142 mm falling to 9 am Sunday morning followed by another 117 mm falling to 9 am Monday morning.

The result of this rainfall is an impressive and sudden rise in a local creek to a point where the creek bursts its banks and localised flooding occurs. It appears that no homes were directly impacted by the flooding. The last photo is showing the aftermath once the flooding had subsided.

This creek as well as some around Pittown were one of many creeks and streams to flood around Sydney. Insurance claims are still flooding in and a major cleanup is underway. The final insurance tally is not known but it is mounting.

Over the weekend 11 to 13 June, I travelled to Batemans Bay and I noted the heavy rains had an impact at many locations with streams and rivers still swollen in places, trees down and a cleanup continuing. There was evidence of flooding having occurred around Batemans Bay and local beaches had been scoured or affected by the event including the king tides.

There are even warnings for vehicles using Macquarie Pass due to a landslip and I saw evidence of a small landslip occurring on Clyde Mountain.

From what I have seen, the cleanup along the east coast is continuing one week after the event.

CREDITS:- Sam Mitry 10/6/16 for supplying and providing permission for the photos to be used.

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