Hunter Valley Severe Storms 16th December 2018

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.






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3 thoughts on “Hunter Valley Severe Storms 16th December 2018

  1. Les Kembrey

    Great collection of images, documenting an interesting day of weather.

    Certainly was a testing day chasing with no actual lead up study of charts coupled with some pretty good cells firing in beautiful but not so chase friend environments. Speed and varied steer didn’t make it any easier

    All in all an enjoyable *ol school arvo chase in good company.

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