Was in the Tamworth region and getting some thing done when I noted the first towers developing on the hills near Tamworth. I had not checked the models – well I had not had a chance but from the previous day’s model data had not planned on chasing. So I took a few pictures locally of exploding towers and went back to task.
On checking the models and local radar and having completed my tasks, it was inevitable, I was going for a local chase – to near Manilla, then near Gunnedah – not so local in the end!
I passed quite a few storms becoming outflow dominant and setting up boundaries to my south. Finally to the south of Gunnedah, I stuck to the major storm that was emerging from the haze to the west. I set up tripod when I hear this voice “Jimmy!” I turn around and Ben has just arrived from Sydney! We enjoyed a spectacular high contrast storm with shelf cloud. It became reasonably lightning active but alas, outflow dominance ruled the day once more!
I had to head off home and Ben remained for the next day’s action. I noted that was on track for a black radar cored storm to my east but alas, it weakened before I could get to see any features. Friends of mine suggested it had marble sized hail!
What an unexpected chase!