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Storms and Lightning Warwick Queensland 21st December 2016

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Storms and Lightning Warwick Queensland 21st December 2016

Frustrating day today in the Northern Rivers. Met up with Michael Keene and Michael Bath for a chase. Michael Keene and us parted to the Queensland border to Warwick. Bit of a lightning show - cropped images were necessary on this occasion. Thanks to Michael Keene for driving us out there for the lightning. As per normal best viewed as full screen.

 

Kyogle to Beaudesert Supercell – Lightning hits tree

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Supercell - Lightning hits tree

Lightning hits tree. This is a longer version of the 3rd December 2016 Kyogle to Beaudesert Supercell. It was requested to me to provide a full account of the supercell from NSW through to Queensland. So I have put together a more in depth account of the chase beginning from Kyogle and on to areas north of Kyogle. Finally a better edit of the intense phase in Queensland from over the border through to Rathdowney where giant hail was reported. Next a lightning fest on approach to Beaudesert.

lightning hits a tree

lightning hits a tree

A lightning hit a tree near the road 10metres away and then another in the field (which was filmed)! Please enjoy in full screen, HD and sound turned up!

It was a spectacular storm in its large size and very active lightning observed as well as significant hailstones. The storm being slow moving allowed for the relatively rare opportunity to chase in New South Wales and southern Queensland.

Staccato lightning

Staccato lightning

bell shaped updraft supercell

bell shaped updraft supercell

Supercell with very large hail

Supercell with very large hail

Kyogle to Beaudesert supercell 3rd December 2016

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Insane Lightning and Structure

Insane Lightning and Structure

Insane Lightning

Insane Lightning

Some pictures from Kyogle to Beaudesert supercell. I missed the structure that Jason Paterson, James Harris and others got due to twice missing turn-offs which then took me into the hail - giant hail. I still enjoyed the chase because there was so much uncertainty as to the cap breaking and the structure showed textbook organisation! And it broke in spectacular fashion. Lightning was insane and dangerous! You were not safe outside I can assure you! One bolt literally hit a tree 10-20 metres away. Instant canon! Smoke rose briefly after impact! At least two fire balls on the hills the bolts being extremely energetic! Great day and also bringing out the adrenaline. I have not had any giant hail this season so this is the first! That was my target for this chase.
On the way up, after leaving 6am - dropping off the kids to my wonderful mother, drove non-stop up to Grafton, stopped for fuel and a quick meal as I headed north to save time and up the road police came past. He did not stop the car ahead of me - he stopped me! No I was not speeding not doing anything wrong. Ahh breath test. He then says in his American voice - "Can I have your drivers license please" - followed by "is your car registered" - how insulting (just cause my car is peppered with hail dents on every panel and looks like the surface of the moon can you judge me pal (i never told him that). Followed by "Why is your license expired?"
"Expired? I didn't know?"
"Where are you headed?"
"Casino." (Only one road north I guess).
The card said 3rd September 2016. "I will run a background check?" I took a bite of my meat pie but decided to throw it back down... Comes back and says that the expiry date had somehow scratched off the 8 to a 6! 2018. I was off on my way:) Basically drove straight through Casino into the storm.

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