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Luddenham Hailstorm Storm Chase

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Luddenham Hailstorm Storm Chase

Luddenham Hailstorm

Luddenham Hailstorm

Luddenham was the base for a storm chase resulting in a hailstorm. This severe storm dumped its hail over the St Clair and Colyton region resulting in a severe storm warning for the area. The storm developed from a combination of outflow from the storms new Badgerys Creek NW winds and the sea breeze triple point. Hail to the size of 1.5cm were reported from this storm for up to 20 minutes.

Hailstorms near Luddenham 24th November 2017

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Hailstorms Luddenham 24th November 2017

Higher resolution of the hailstorms Luddenham - pictures are provided here and brief chase report

After a very warm day, storm towers that were already developing spread further northeast towards the Sydney basin. As the sea breeze ventured towards the west, north west winds from outflow of previous storms over the mountains and of course outflow from cells near Badgerys Creek, a triple point allowed for sufficient convergence promoting the development of another storm. This rapidly dumped very heavy rain and hailstones.

Just was lucky for a change and only had to chase 10 minutes away from school/work. Parked and time-lapsed at Luddenham and watched as the new base developed overhead.

This would dump and form a black core on radar which produced hail to under 2cm (perhaps up to 1.5cm based on hits on the car) as we passed through and then filmed pea sized hailstones. Traffic was horrendous so the new core further north was virtually impossible to get through with the storm collapsing. Thanks for the drive from Rodney once again.

Hailstorms Blue Mountains 17th November 2017

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Hailstorms Blue Mountains 17th November 2017

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Large hailstones were the feature of some severe storms across the western parts of the Blue Mountains. Traffic chaos resulted from extensive hail drifts near Mount Victoria as hail the size of gold balls pelted the region.

Here are some pictures from the chase near Lithgow 17th November 2017. Some nice structure early from the storm that eventually did hammer the region near Lithgow / Bell. Initially, I was disappointed for not following the storm that dumped (easy in hindsight) but looking back at the pictures there were the initial structure shots and others . 

More storms developed near Portland and then very late near Mudgee. Most storms were able to produce hailstones though the initial cell was very intense as was the Mudgee storm.


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