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Storms that produce hailstones

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.


Spectacular High Contrast Supercell Dungog to Booral 14th December 2018

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A long chase day today. Headed up to the eastern Hunter Valley had lunch and then the chase was on. First meeting up with Michael Thomas and Tejay. The first cell we intercepted near Dungog was the taster as a second cell developed nearby. This new cell literally developed and organised rather rapidly! It was only a few spots where we could stop to observe this supercell. I must say jaw dropping structure but also awesome contrast up close! This cell showed brief signs of rotation and then must have hit cooler air and weakened becoming elevated near Karuah.

The guys and I became disconnected after this and I intercepted the next cell near Stroud and I backtracked to Bulahdelah for some pretty structure. I ventured up the coast and intercepted another cell that briefly went severe near the coast and weakened.

It was on to Nabiac and Taree. the Taree cell allowed for an understanding of what had been happening during the day. S winds and its associated boundary met the northeast infeed. Although the storm remained elevated it was able to tap into this moist boundary. This storm produced some insane dangerous bolts as the storm intensified and headed towards the coast near or just north of Forster. This was a nasty core with hailstones but I could only see numerous pea sized hailstones. Strong winds and blinding rain with down trees was also a feature of this severe storm.

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