Category Archives: Effects of Storms

Effects of Storms can be anything from the change in temperature to the damage in some cases extreme destruction

Historic Sydney Supercells 20th December 2018

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An unprecedented event has hit the Sydney region

Ok finally got to my limited number of pictures - jammed out by traffic unfortunately. The first cell I was able to timelapse then I aimed for the central coast cell - I could have made it in front but the traffic took care of that so I got off and measured the hail in the Berowra area -I measured up to 7cm in diameter. I then proceeded to go south again - the famous Pennant Hills Road did its trick and prevented me from getting anywhere decent - even Parramatta would have been ok. I photographed structures whatever I could and once on the M7 I watched two cells literally merge. Unfortunately the low light caused camera shake but you will get the gist of it!

For those who don't know it already - this to me is the worst case scenario - perfect storm where the environment wiithin the Sydney and surrounds was able to sustain several supercells perhaps 6 or 7 - need to go through radar. It will likely go down as the most expensive hailstorm in living memory if the number of claims have anything to do with it. That is within Australia!

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Hunter Valley Severe Storms 16th December 2018

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Storms in the Hunter Sunday. First storm was in Dungog but this was short lived and then Nicholas Moir, Linda Silmalis and I went south towards Paterson. Storms began to erupt but these were the real deal utilising the available CAPE. Unfortunately I lost Nick at this point and I chased a right mover that headed southeast towards Newcastle and another merged with it from west of Maitland. With this becoming impossible to chase I met Les Kembrey out near Singleton in pursuit of an isolated cell approaching from Muswellbrook. This was severe but moving into hard to chase hilly areas and had become outflow dominant. Another cell approached from Muswellbrook slightly north of the original cell and we gave chase unwinding our way back to near Singleton. This cell we just could not make it in front due to the access of the road. Finally we called it quits. As we spoke, we noticed yet another storm had split from this cell producing lightning. A nice LP structure though high based. Yet another high based LP structure approached but also weakened prior to Singleton. Finally I bid fairwell to Les and headed down the Putty Road with the occasional stop of some impressive mammatus display.


Gloucester to Nabiac Supercell 15th December 2018

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Very tough chase day in terms of terrain! Targetted well with Dungog initially but had to move around to Gloucester for the main supercell of the day! Hiills and mountains and then one wrong road choice to find an opening through the mountains. Then low cloud stopped play!

Headed down to the southern Hunter for the last throw of the dice but the storm fizzled out due to CIN too high and then the monster mess came down. Ended up in Kurri Kurri.

Same target again tomorrow! Generally Dungog.