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Lightning and severe storms Ballina – Byron Bay areas 26 October 2013

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Storms developed on a southeast change clipping the Northern Rivers coastline from about 7.30pm Saturday 26 Oct 2013. Jason Paterson and I ventured down to Ballina for some lightning and were treated to quite a nice display. A severe storm developed at South Ballina and caused flash flooding and hail. There were unconfirmed reports of hailstones up to golf ball size but suspect the biggest were about 2-3cm.

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Above: Storm still southeast of Evans Head at this stage. Pic from Burns Point Ferry, West Ballina. Quite a lot of sparks were cloud to air. 8.35pm

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Above: The activity had become weak until this storm developed at South Ballina. Had to switch to the 10mm lens to capture the scene. Taken from the northern end of Shelly Beach, East Ballina. 9.45pm DSC_0459

Above: Dogleg bolt. Shelly Beach, East Ballina. DSC_0461

Above: Not sure where this bolt landed but it was close! Shelly Beach, East Ballina. DSC_0469

Storm about to unleash torrential rain and hail across Ballina. Taken from Shelly Beach, East Ballina, 10pm.

Michael Bath

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