Bendigo Supercell 26th November 2017

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Bendigo Supercell 26th November 2017

Bendigo supercell

Bendigo supercell

Started the day from Sydney and ventured all the way until busy Bendigo. Storms already firing down near Ballarat, we headed south as a just in case scenario. We eventually ventured further north to west of Bendigo. Here we watched radar indicated splits further north. Fortunately, cells developed and exploded just to our west. These supercells formed great structure and hailed upon us! We made our way north to Kerang passing other cells and seeing some interesting structure albeit briefly before CIN increased and storms became elevated. We did get blasted by the cell with hail to gold ball size - branches were down.

West of Bendigo and then up to Kerang by sunset!

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.

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